West Seattle education: Village Cooperative School now open

September 18, 2013 at 9:23 pm | In Puget Ridge, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 4 Comments

As of this week, West Seattle has a brand-new school. A ribbon-cutting launched the new Village Cooperative School, explained by Rachel Faunce, who also shared the photo:

A year in the making, the Village Cooperative School is a Kindergarten through 2nd grade multi-age school based on a cooperative-school model where students, parents and teachers, learn, explore, work, and grow together.

Affiliated with the South Seattle Community College Cooperative Preschool Program, the school is housed on the SSCC campus. Class is held Monday-Thursday from 11:30 am-3:30 pm. Tuesday classes are led by the Vashon Wilderness Program and will rotate throughout parks in Seattle.

In addition to a small, intimate classroom setting and a parent education component, the Village Cooperative School offers:

· Project and play based learning that is emergent, experiential, student led and teacher supported.

· The integration of art, music, language arts, science, math and social studies through applies learning.

· Individual and group learning with an emphasis on community building, cooperation, mutual respect, problem-solving and conflict resolution.

A few spaces remain in this year’s class; questions are welcome at info@vcoop.org.


  1. Sounds great! Given the crazy sps boundaries… This may be a good option for us. Might as well drive the kids here since the elementary school 2 blocks away is not our school… No, but the one 2 miles away is.

    Comment by Nw mama — 9:41 pm September 18, 2013 #

  2. Bringing the co-op preschool philosophy to elementary age kids (and parents)! Brilliant!

    Comment by bellvy — 7:58 am September 19, 2013 #

  3. Thank you WSB! We have had a fantastic first 3 days!

    Comment by Rachel — 9:47 am September 19, 2013 #

  4. Given the continued disarray of a very overcrowded, dysfunctional and unpredictable SPS, I think it is awesome that people are taking matters into their own hands and putting our kids first by starting schools. I personally wouldn’t mind if public schools in their current state went away all together.

    Comment by WS Parent — 10:29 am September 19, 2013 #

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