About Our Kindergarten
Woodland Park Cooperative Kindergarten fosters a love of learning in students, empowering them with skills to expand and explore their own questions in a play-based environment. Children are encouraged to engage with the world around them, pursuing their own passions and curiosities in a community setting.
Our program is located in the heart of the Fremont neighborhood and is an extension of the incredible Woodland Park Cooperative Preschool community. We are creating an innovative Kindergarten classroom environment that will include an outdoor classroom/learning garden created by the University of Washington and enrichment programs such as dance/movement and music.
Kindergarten hours: Monday-Friday from 9am – 2pm
Target class size: 12 – 15
Parent commitment: 1 day per week in class + classroom job
2022-2023 Tuition: $710/month (scholarships available)
Our son was a part of teacher Rachel’s inaugural year and we are so proud of what the kindergarten program has become. It was a perfect fit for our family as it provided that “gap year” between the Woodland Park 4’s program and our wanting our son to be on the older side when he entered public school kindergarten (he’s a summer birthday). Teacher Rachel provides an inclusive, love of leading and all around lovely classroom environment. Our family is a strong believer in play based learning and we’re still reaping the benefits from those foundation years at Woodland Park as we continue our education within Seattle Public Schools. – Ashley Copen / Kindergarten Alumni parent
Kindergarten does NOT have to be the new 1st grade! Teacher Rachel is amazing and our entire family has benefited so much from being in her class. School days are 5 hours long with at least 1.5 hours of outside time and an active emphasis on social, emotional and play-based learning. You can tell that it is really important for Teacher Rachel to teach her students (and their parents) skills that they can use after they leave the coop. There were some tough behaviors in the class and Teacher Rachel and a parent educator worked tirelessly for months to give the students and parents tools and knowledge for conflict resolution. This could happen at any school but because of the nature of this coop, it became a learning opportunity for all of us that will last long after the co-op year is over. We chose Woodland Park Coop because our kids are very shy but have a lot of energy and we were concerned that going from a 4 hour preschool to a 7 hour kindergarten was too big of a jump especially with significantly less outside time. That extra year of working on social/emotional skills and PLAY was exactly what our older kid needed. He is in 1st grade now and is thriving! Many families also enroll kids in the K program who are not sure if their kid is ready for regular kindergarten. – Vanny Him / Kindergarten Alumni parent
Kids learn so much through Play. I loved participating in Teacher Rachel’s class and watching my son make sense of the world though play and learn to trust his own feelings. – Ashwin Raju / Kindergarten Alumni parent