What is a “Cooperative” School?
Who Owns the Coop?
The families who are enrolled in the Coop are the owners of our school. The ACP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, run entirely by members of the organization. Families are directly involved in educating, managing, and raising funds for our school.
Who Manages the Coop?
The Board of Directors oversees the operations of the Coop. It is made up of active and former family members, and interested members of the community.
Who Determines the Curriculum?
Our child-centered philosophy means that curriculum ideas emerge from the children’s interests and lifestyles. The teacher determines the overall curriculum for the year; however, parents are encouraged and expected to provide input and share their talents and cultures to supplement the planned curriculum. We want to keep improving our school by trying new ways of doing things. If something doesn’t make sense or you think another way might be better, please talk to the teacher, your class representative, the Preschool Coordinator, or another Board member. We may be doing something just because we have always done it that way. Everyone can help make our school better by asking questions and making positive suggestions.
Committed • Caring • Flexible • Creative • Contributors
Coop families are committed and engaged in their children’s learning and in the flourishing of the Preschool.
Families care about, support, learn from, and communicate with each other and with the teacher and Board of Directors. They consider themselves part of a team, and work together in all aspects of the school.
Creative ideas and energy are contributed by all families, thus incorporating the culture and lifestyles of each family into our program. This can only be done when families get involved! Children and adults love to learn more about each other by spending time together sharing foods, customs, languages, interests and ideas.
Overall, Coop families are flexible – willing to adjust their schedule or work load to help others.