Information about the 2017-2018 School Year and Application
The due date for applying to the 2017/2018 year is May 1, 2017. Notification regarding acceptance will be sent out by May 31, 2017.
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 $1100 and $1600 per year per child but are subject to change. We strive to keep the average cost per class under $15. 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 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. This class of a maximum of 8 children is for two year olds. You can apply to the Guppies class if your child was born during any month in 2015.
The Goldfish class will meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. This class of a maximum of 10 children is for some older two year olds with a birthday between January 1 and May 31, 2015, three year olds born during any month in 2014, and four year olds.
*Note: If your child was born between January 1 and May 31, 2015, you must specify your preference to attend either the Guppies or the Goldfish class. You cannot apply to both. There is no advantage to applying to one or the other. You must decide what age group and number of days per week that is most appropriate for your child. In some instances a child with a birthdate between January 1 and May 31, 2015 is able to begin the semester as a Guppy and move up to the Goldfish class if there is space available and it is otherwise appropriate.
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 to 11:45 a.m. assisting the lead teacher four to six 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 by May 1, 2017.