University Cooperative School

(206) 524-0653

5601 University Way NE

Seattle, WA 98105


Over 45 Years of Supporting & 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.

2020 – Pre-school opened in newly renovated lower-level space.

2023 – Launched Rise & Shine Campaign.