Garden Preschool Cooperative Philosophy

Learn about Garden Preschool

Please contact the enrollment email GPC Enrollment with any questions about the application process or the school in general.

We strongly encourage all interested families to attend one of our open houses. The next open house will be announced shortly.

Application Process

Applications for 2017-2018 are now being accepted. Download a copy.

Once an application is submitted, the prospective child and parent(s) are invited for a play visit during school hours (usually from 3:15 to 4:00 p.m.) to spend time in the classroom and meet the teachers. Once your application is received and reviewed the teachers will contact you to set up the play visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean to be part of a cooperative school?

Being part of a cooperative school provides an unparalleled opportunity to be involved in your child’s early educational experiences. Parents staff the board, participate in all aspects of running and maintaining the school, and assist the teachers in educational duties. Every day a parent is present at the school as the “parent of the day” (or POD) to help with educational plans, play with the children and help serve snack and lunches.

What is tuition?

Tuition has not been set for the 2017-18 academic year. Tuition for the 2016-17 academic year is $10,250.

How long is the school day?

The day starts at 8:45am and ends at 4pm. Before-care is available starting at 8am and after-care is available from 4pm to 6pm. There is a charge per 15 minutes increments for before- or after-care.

What age does my child need to be at the start of the school year?

Children must be between 2 years, 9 months old (age 3 by December 1) and 5 years old when they enter school in September. This ensures that there is an appropriate span of ages in the mixed-age classroom.

Does my child need to be toilet-trained at the start of school?

No. We understand that toilet-training is a gradual process and that children will not all be fully trained by the start of the school year. We do ask, however, that toilet training be in progress: this gives children a sense of mastery and feeling of maturity, and at the same time allows the teachers and parent of the day to stay involved in helping children through the daily activities rather than needing to take time out to change diapers.

How often is a family expected to participate as a parent of the day?

With an enrollment of 18 children, families can expect to spend 1 day per month on POD duties.

What happens if my child cannot be offered a spot?

We maintain an active waiting list. Spots do occasionally open up!