Throughout its history and growth, University Cooperative School has remained true to its founding roots in
progressive, child-centered education with an emphasis on social and emotional development, creativity and
the arts, engaging academics, outdoor and environmental learning, and service learning.
||University Cooperative School was founded by Ladell Black to provide a progressive, child-centered
approach to kindergarten during a year when Seattle Public Schools cut arts programs and considered
||Teacher Louise Lipnick joined the school.
||University Co-op expanded into a multi-age, K–2 program, headed by Louise Lipnick.
||The school expanded again to include a 3rd–5th grade, multi-age pod, headed by teacher Jim Riley.
||The school purchased and renovated our building at 5601 University Way near Cowen Park in the north University District neighborhood.
||The school moved into its new permanent home.
||The school hires its first administrator.
||The school refinanced its building loan, obtaining funding in state bonds.
||Teacher Louise Lipnick retired after 32 years of service.
||The school remodeled to expand its library, art room, and kitchen.