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.