University Cooperative School

(206) 524-0653

5601 University Way NE

Seattle, WA 98105


Over 40 Years of Supporting and Celebrating Childhood

Throughout its history and growth, University Cooperative School has remained true to its founding roots in progressive, child-centered education.

1975 – University Cooperative School was founded by Ladell Black at a time when Seattle Public Schools cut arts programs and considered eliminating kindergarten.

1976 – Teacher Louise Lipnick joined the school.

1977 – Expanded to a Grades K–2 program headed by teacher Louise Lipnick.

2000 – Added a Grades 3-5 program, designed and headed by teacher Jim Riley

2002 – Purchased and renovated our building at 5601 University Way near Cowen Park in the north University District neighborhood.

2003 – Moved into our new permanent home.

2006 – Hired our first administrator.

2009 – Teacher Louise Lipnick retired after 32 years of service.

2010 – Renovated to expand the library, art room, and kitchen.

2013 – Renovated to add a music room and gymnasium.

2015 – Jim Riley became Instructional Program Lead, directing educational programs school-wide.

2017 – Renovated the Grades K-2 side of the building, adding a new classroom and a great space for community meetings among other features.