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Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School, Inc.

Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School, Inc. is a parent-participatory model school. We believe that children thrive in a supportive environment created by active, informed parents and teachers. Our school year begins in September and ends in early June, following the Montgomery County Public School calendar for scheduled and weather closings. Parent participation in the classroom is a requirement, as are attendance at monthly membership meetings, participation in training sessions, and fulfillment of administrative and committee tasks. Meeting these requirements ensures the continued success of the School, supports a strong educational program, and results in cost-savings for member families.

The Cooperative School Classes










2018/19 Monthly Tuition**


Bi-Weekly Coop


Weekly Coop






Th, F


9 – 11:30 AM










M, T, W


8:30 – 11:30 AM




$282 (limited)






M, T, W, Th, F


12 – 3 PM


$562 (limited)




*Child must be lower age by 8/31.
**We estimate a 3-6% increase over current tuition rates for 2019-20.

About the Application Process

Admissions 2019-2020:
Important Dates

Information Sessions
Tues, December 4th @7:30 PM
Sat, January 5th @1PM
Thurs, January 17th @7:30 PM

Classroom Observations
Weeks of December 3rd, 10th; January 7th, 14th and January 21st.

Application Deadline
Wed, January 30th

We highly recommend that all parents, including those returning to the school with a sibling, attend both an Admissions Information Session and a Classroom Observation Tour in December or January.  The completed application form, a family photograph, and a one-time, non-refundable application fee of $60 ($45 each when applying for two children) must be received by 3PM on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 to be considered in the initial round of admissions decisions.

Tips for filling out the application
Surveygizmo (the application platform) doesn’t have any save and return options. If your session times out, you will lose your work. We have included the questions here and recommend that you copy and paste questions 4, 5, 6 and 7 into a separate document so you can save your work, come back to it, then paste your completed answers in to the online application form. Please be thorough in your answers.

1. Child/Family Information: Contact Information, etc.

2. How did you hear about us?

3. Have you attended an information session?  Classroom observation?

4. How would you like The Cooperative School to contribute to your child's growth and development? 

5. Why are you interested in a parent cooperative model school for your family? 

6. As a cooperative, we rely on the diverse skills, resources, and volunteerism of member families in order to run the School. Please tell us how your family's experience and interests (both professional and otherwise) would help to support the community and strengthen the organization. 

7. Parents help operate the school by serving on either a Committee or Board position, described here. Which of these Committees or Board Positions suit your family, and why? 

8. Please upload a family photo.  Your file should be no larger than 500 kb and in either JPG or GIF format. 

If you have applied to the school for the previous year and would like to be considered for the upcoming year, you must submit another application, but the application fee for that child is waived.  Family photographs are a required part of the application, as they help us remember who you are and the conversations we have had with you.
Applicants who submit completed applications will be notified by mid-February. If your child is admitted to the School, a non-refundable deposit (applied toward future tuition) will be required.  

Admission Requirements

The Cooperative School does not admit students on a first-come, first-served basis. Rather, in making Admissions decisions, we are dedicated to seeking families  committed to sustaining our School's parent-participatory model and mission by creating class rosters that reflect our diverse community and are balanced in terms of age and gender.  
  • Child must meet the age requirement to enroll:
    • 2 years old before September 1st for the Bugs (2s/3s) class
    • 3 years old before September 1st for the Leaves (3s/4s) class
    • 4 years old before September 1st for the Tracks (4s/5s) class
  • Parents must be able to co-op in their children’s classes.
  • Parents must be able to support and nurture all enrolled students’ learning styles and effectively assist the classroom teacher.
  • Parents must be able to attend monthly evening training meetings.
  • Parents must serve on the board of directors or on a committee and effectively complete the tasks required for supporting day-to-day operations and future planning.
  • Applicants must meet the application deadline with an application completed in full (content, fee, photograph)
  • Applicants must secure their placement with deposits and other admissions-related documentation within the specified time (usually within two weeks of application deadline).

In the pages that follow, you will find our online application. If you are unable to apply electronically, please contact the Admissions team at or 301-585-7272 ext 2.