University Cooperative School

In 1975, a small group of parents formed a grassroots organization to establish a private kindergarten, in response to the possible elimination of kindergarten by the Seattle Public School District.
These parents wanted to give their children the best possible preparation for primary school.
Many aspects of this preparation were social: the ability to bond with other children, to learn to respect the rights and opinions of others, and to work out differences in a cooperative way.

School Overview

School TypeAlternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.State or regional independent school association
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-5

Student Body

Total Students69 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 24%
Students by Grade University Cooperative School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers7 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling

Nearby Private Schools

The nearest high school to University Cooperative School is University Prep (1.3 miles away)
The nearest elementary school and preschool is University Child Development School (0.4 miles away)
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School Reviews

The University Cooperative School is a fabulous school where learning is nurtured in a hands on, integrated manner. You won't find kids sitting in rows filling out worksheets at this school. More likely you''ll find the kindergarten students engaged in creative writing and drawing (for instance about all the things a small piece of yarn could be), building with blocks, counting coins they have collected for a local pet store/animal shelter or skipping in front of the school when energy gets a little high. This is a place where children's learning, as well as their social/emotional development are both taken seriously. Teachers in the K-2 team work closely together, and also work with the 3-5 teachers to ensure continuity and a sense of community (for instance the kindergarten students have 3rd grade buddies who they look forward to doing fun activities with such as reading together and pancake breakfasts. Another great highlight of this school is the fantastic Spanish, Music and Art curriculum, my child skips home singing new songs (in English and in Spanish) and sharing her excitement about something she has created at school on a daily basis. The school uses Cowen Park for recess and many outdoor activities, but there's also a fantastic new "active space" and music room in the lower level of the school. Love this school!
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The average private school tuition in Seattle, WA is $16,524 for elementary schools and $19,193 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Seattle, WA is 74% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).