Enrollment for the 2024-2025 school year is now open!

We are accepting applications on a first come, first serve basis. See our Enrollment Process below for full details.

Please email our Enrollment Team at enrollment@rainiervalleycooppreschool.org with any questions about the enrollment process, scholarships, or our preschool.

Enrollment Process for 2024-2025

We are accepting applications on a first come, first served basis for all classes.

Step 1. Submit Your Application

To apply for enrollment for the 2024-2025 school year, please complete an online application.

Step 2. Notification of Enrollment or Waitlist Status

You will be notified of your enrollment status, either with a class assignment or a position on the waitlist. 

As class openings become available our Enrollment Coordinator will contact families on the waitlist. Our waitlists can change very quickly. You have 48 hours to respond to our Enrollment Coordinator once you have been notified via email and phone regarding a class assignment. 

Step 3. Secure Your Spot

For new families, your non-refundable tuition deposit is due within two weeks of acceptance.

If your deposit is not received by these deadlines, you will forfeit your space at RVCP and we will offer it to a family on the waitlist. Your deposit will serve as your June 2025 tuition payment (last month of school), and can only be applied to an earlier month if you withdraw from the school before May 1, 2025, with at least 30 days notice.

Enrollment is not restricted, assigned, or adjusted according to race, religion, gender expression or gender identity, sexual preference, ethnicity, or national origin.

Sliding Scale Tuition

Rainier Valley Cooperative Preschool is offering a sliding scale tuition model for the 2024-25 school year. Our Board and Social Justice Committee will re-evaluate this model in December of 2024 to set tuition for the following school year. It is important to note that this will not affect our scholarship program, which will be used in tandem with the sliding scale model to give families facing economic challenges the support they need to be included in our school.

Families will be asked to self-select their tuition based on their corresponding income tier. Please note that the income tiers below are based on 2023 HUD numbers for Seattle and will change yearly depending on area median income (AMI). We will not ask for or collect any financial information from any families for the sliding scale tuition – all families will choose their tuition tier on the basis of trust and community.

Learn more about our the sliding scale tables and the corresponding income tiers on our Tuition & Scholarships Page.

Financial Scholarships

Our school welcomes scholarship applications from all families – we encourage you to apply! We are affiliated with North Seattle College (NSC) Cooperative Preschools, and use their scholarship fund to provide additional assistance for our families. You may qualify for as much as 75% of the tuition being covered if your income is below the federal poverty guidelines, and up to 5% for those who are closer to 400% of the poverty level. 

You can visit the NSC Cooperative Preschool's website for more details regarding their financial scholarship process. All scholarship applications are kept strictly confidential.

To apply for a financial scholarship, please fill out the NSC scholarship application.

from our parents

"After another sleepless night when Gus was a baby, I was dropping Sam off at preschool. As a Sunflower Sam was very shy and didn't want to go into school. It took a lot of coaxing him through the door and waiting. I was caught between wanting to be a supportive mom and just getting Sam into school. After we watched a couple kids walk in and start playing immediately, I was starting to lose my patience. A teacher looked at me and gave me a smile and reminded me to breathe. That was when it hit me that coop preschool was not only going to be good for my kids but for me too. We both had a refuge and a great education at RVCP."-Lisa Schaible