In University Cooperative School’s child-centered curriculum, academic elements such as language arts, math,
music, science, and art are woven throughout all daily activities.
Students frequently engage in unit studies, in which they explore a topic through multiple disciplines and
activities—reading, writing, art, math, drama, self-directed research, presentations, outdoor and hands-on
exploration. For example the students typically study life cycles and conservation of salmon, which involves
picking up salmon eggs from a hatchery in Issaquah, raising the salmon in the classroom, observing and recording (
both writing and drawing) the developmental life stages through journaling, and final release of the salmon into the wild.
During the intermediate years, our project-oriented curriculum, coupled with engaging academics, stimulates curiosity
and love of learning while challenging all students. Art, Spanish, music, and physical education are key components
of our weekly schedule, along with handwriting, math, science, reading, writing and social studies.
Community service is a standard curriculum component at University Co-op. Some past examples have included
street cleanup, Ravenna Park restoration, and holiday meal preparation for needy families in the wider community.