Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, the Montclair Cooperative School continues to be a leader in progressive education. The Co-op is led by student interest, expertly guided by teachers and actively supported by parents. All three groups work together toward maximizing the personal growth and excellence of each student—and the school as a whole.

From preschool (which begins at age four) through eighth grade, small class sizes deepen the connection between the students and their teachers, allowing students ownership of their work and instilling a lifelong love of learning.


Montclair Cooperative School’s mission is to create a nurturing and diverse environment where children grow and flourish intellectually, emotionally and socially. Using progressive models for learning, emphasis is always placed on children’s work and the way they think about the world.

“The development of social-emotional skills is an integral part of the Co-op, so we focus on helping children learn how to negotiate, reach consensus, resolve conflicts and advocate for themselves and others,” says Director of Enrollment Management Emily Kohan.

Co-op teachers create a deep and personal connection with each and every student. They examine every child’s thinking individually and in small groups, and plan a curriculum that will challenge them in academics, the arts and social skills.

“Keeping children engaged in their own learning encourages them to be creative with their education—no matter the format,” Kohan says.


At the heart of Montclair Cooperative School’s success is community. The school believes parents are partners in their children’s education, and they are invited to participate in many aspects of Co-op life. Parents support the school by assisting in their child’s classroom, lending their time and talent through a family job, fundraising or serving on a committee.

“Alumni and alumni families remain connected to the Co-op and are inspired to give back to the community in which they thrived,” Kohan says. “Our school respects and nurtures its community, and in return the community nurtures the school. Together, we hold true to the belief that a child who is socially and emotionally in a positive, balanced environment has a strong foundation for continued study, growth and academic success.”

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