History

The Co-op School was founded in 2003 by a group of parents who saw the need for a high quality and affordable preschool option in the Clinton Hill and Fort Greene neighborhoods. In the last decade, the Co-op School has matured from a small, parent-run playgroup to a fully staffed and licensed non-profit school. The Co-op School is a parent-aided organization where “cooperative” means just that: students’ families are responsible for the development, fundraising and maintenance of the school. The Board of Directors is comprised of elected parents. Parents share the responsibility of upholding the school’s guiding principles, facilitated through the elected Board. With the staff, parents and student body, we continuously work towards our ultimate goal of blending community and education, with special attention to honoring our differences.

After residing in two prior homes in Clinton Hill, The Co-op School was thrilled to move into 87 Irving Place in Fall 2009. The facility boasts six classrooms for two and three-year-olds, two rooftop playgrounds, a science room, a library, and a large ground floor recreation room.

In 2011 The Co-op School launched the first kindergarten class of its elementary program in a beautiful building on Brevoort Place. Our new elementary school location at 40 Brevoort Place currently houses kindergarten, first, second grade and third grade as well as two pre-k classrooms, a library, wood shop, a recreation room for gym, art room, science lab and music rooms along with a rooftop playground. A new grade will be added each year until fifth grade.