At University Cooperative School students are organized into two multi-aged classrooms called pods (think orcas).
The primary grades consist of kindergarten through second (K–2 pod). The intermediate grades consist of the third
through fifth (3–5 pod). Each grade has an average of 12–15 students with a pod totaling between 36 and 42 students.
Each pod is taught by three teachers with support from assistant and specialty teachers and parents.
Cooperative learning environments create students that are intrinsically motivated, intellectually curious, and
caring. We empower students by providing choices and encouraging them to take responsibility for their learning.
At University Co-op, our hands-on, integrated curriculum provides a strong academic foundation while fostering a
true love of learning. In our multi-age classrooms children become adept at leadership, teamwork, and
collaboration—skills in high demand in today’s world. Experienced teacher teams work with the children over
three years, and thus develop warm relationships and a deep understanding of each child’s needs. Teachers allow
each child to grow at his or her own pace. Students are not expected to fit into a “cookie-cutter” set of standards.
Social development is a critical component of the University Co-op curriculum. Children have the opportunity to
develop skills in conflict resolution and problem solving. Multi-age groups provide an opportunity for diverse social
experiences, including mentoring, cross-grade friendships, and exposure to different abilities and learning styles.
University Co-op supports and honors the different learning styles that children bring to the school by providing
multiple avenues for learning. We believe that every child can master skills appropriate to her/his developmental
level within an intellectually rich and spiritually nurturing environment.
Children are nurtured by a warm school community. We believe that the presence of parents enhances the sense of
community and security for the children and creates a supportive network for parents.