We are currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year, though the format of Co-op may differ from normal years due to the uncertainty presented by the Covid-19 situation. Our intent is to safely re-open in a way that supports our community. The voices of incoming families are crucial to developing our plan. As plans for the fall solidify, we will do our best to update applying families of the start dates for the 2021-2022 school year, and will also maintain a waitlist.
Fees are determined based on the number of children enrolled in the coop and current costs, which include rent, facilitator payment, and necessary supplies. Once the class rosters are finalized, parents will be informed of the total fees due for the upcoming semester. Historically these fees have been between $1600 and $2000 per year per child but are subject to change. We strive to keep the average cost per class under $20. Our fee structure is based on actual enrollment each semester, so a non-refundable deposit of $100 is required to secure your spot. This deposit will be applied toward the total semester fee. Note, in December families will need to pay a deposit to secure a spot in the Spring semester.
When considering admissions, preferences are given to siblings of a current or alumni family, residents of Petworth, and families who demonstrate a willingness to actively contribute to the coop by volunteering time and resources to help build a rich learning environment as well as a strong Petworth community. Gender balance and building a diverse community reflective of the neighborhood in which we live is also considered. The Petworth Coop admits families of any religion, race, and color, national and ethnic origin and without regard to sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.
The Guppies class will meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00am to 12:00pm. This class of a maximum of 12 children is for two year olds.
The Goldfish class will meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00am to 12:00pm This class of a maximum of 12 children is for older two year olds and three year olds.
The success of our coop depends on parent involvement. If your child is enrolled in the coop, a parent is expected to serve as a “duty parent” from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. assisting the lead teacher six to ten times per semester; however, this may vary depending on the number of children enrolled per class and the duration of the semester. There are more duty parent days for Goldfish, who meet three times per week. Nannies and other caregivers are not permitted to serve as duty parents. You will also be assigned back-up duty parent days – the expectation is that you are available for those days in the unexpected event that the facilitator or duty parent are unable to be at coop that day. In addition, parents are expected to lead various community-oriented events outside of school hours. These may include play dates, potlucks, outings to museums and other places of interest, clothing swaps, and other events that seek to bring coop families together to help build a strong community.
Open House: We will hold an open house for prospective families. Please check the website for updates.
Link to Application:
You can fill out the application here or print the application, fill out each question, and send to firstname.lastname@example.org.