The Application Process*
*Some details on this page will be superseded by current Health and Safety Regulations published by the Massachusetts DPH and DEEC 8/21/2020.
Thank you for your interest in our school, we look forward to welcoming your family to our community. This page will describe how our application process works. Please contact us with any further questions, we are always happy to answer them.
DEEC Licensing and NAEYC Accreditation
The Cooperative School is accredited by The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). In addition, the Massachusetts’ Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC) licenses the school and specifies the educator/child ratios as well as the square footage required for each child, which in turn determines the maximum number of children in each classroom and in the school. Children are placed in classes based on available spaces and recognizing the age of the children already enrolled.
The school operates four classrooms for full-day students from September to July. We also offer a Summer Program with rooms divided by age for several weeks during July and August. The Summer Program is separately enrolled and open to children not enrolled in the school year program. The three weeks the school is closed (usually the week after Thanksgiving and the week before July 4th and the week before Labor Day), local community partners offer exciting educational programs that our families can enroll in.
We offer a rich, developmentally appropriate and balanced schedule with a range of activities and experiences from 8:30AM to 4:30PM. The minimum enrollment is three full days and priority will be given to those families enrolling for five full days, then four days, then three days. The actual class size may vary from time to time but the actual number of children in the classroom will never exceed state regulations. Every day we have a staff of 12 experienced, certified educators for our 55 students. Educators work in 2 person teams (3 people in Room 16) assigned to classrooms so children are always with one or both of their primary caretakers. Four support staff are on hand full-time to assist as needed.
Children must be 2 years 9 months to attend the Cooperative School. The four classes are divided by age from youngest to oldest and placement is made considering age, peer groupings, needs and skills. It is possible for a child to attend The Cooperative School for 1 to 3 years before moving on to kindergarten.
The Decision Process
Priority consideration is given first to current and alumni families enrolling their children and siblings. Enrollment for new families begins with our Open House traditionally held in November. The applications received from currently enrolled and alumni families determine the spaces available and the age criteria for acceptance into each classroom. It takes some time after applications have been submitted to review each application and decide the best placement for each child. We will work with you to determine the best fit for your child. We reserve the right to place your child where their needs will best be met. Processing applications requires matching children’s requested days to the spaces available while determining the best placement for each child.
Schedule Changes & Withdrawal from School
Families wishing to make changes at any time in their child’s enrollment must request to do so in writing to the Executive Director. The school requires that these requests be made 60 days in advance of any change desired. Schedule changes are contingent upon current enrollment. If a schedule change is not possible, the family will have the choice to either remain with the current schedule or, if need be, give 60 days’ notice. In this case, one escrow payment will be forfeit and the second escrow payment will cover your last month of tuition. Please understand that the school maintains a balance of schedules in each class in order to keep tuition affordable and classes full.
The Wait List
The school keeps a current wait list. Sometimes a space becomes available due to family circumstances (a job change or relocation) or a decision to enroll a child in kindergarten or another school. When this happens we will notify the next person on the list when the days requested and the age of their child match the opening. Families are given a few days’ time to make their decision.
The applications on the wait list are not automatically rolled over for the next school year. Families on the waitlist will be notified of our next Open House by email and it will be posted on sharoncoop.org. A new application must be submitted for each school year and for the Summer Program.
We hope that this clarifies the application process. If we can assist you in any other way, please let us know. We are happy to answer any questions.
Notice of Non-Discriminatory Policy As to Students
The Sharon Cooperative School, Inc. admits students of any race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, sex, religion, cultural heritage, or disability to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, sex, religion, cultural heritage, political beliefs, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.
Approved by the Board of Directors 3/28/05. Reaffirmed 2009, 2012 2014.