ENROLLMENT

Enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year is now open!

Applications are due by March 7, 2023 at 5:00pm PST. See our 2023-2024 Enrollment Process below for full details.

We invite you to join us at our Fall 2023 Open House on February 11, 2023 from 10:00am12:00pm. Our community will come together to welcome families interested in learning about our preschool for the 2023-2024 school year. View all the details on the event page.

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

Enrollment for the current school year (2022-2023) is on-going and we have openings in all classes. Please contact our Enrollment Team at enrollment@rainiervalleycooppreschool.org to learn more about joining us this year.

Enrollment Process for 2023-2024

Applications for the 2023-2024 school year are due by March 7, 2023 at 5:00pm PST.

We use a lottery system to determine enrollment, with returning families having first priority. Families who apply by March 7, 2023 will receive their lottery result and class or waitlist position by March 12, 2023.

Applications received after March 7, 2023 will be processed on a first come, first served basis, with enrollment status subject to the lottery results, including waitlists.

Step 1. Submit Your Application

To apply for enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year, please complete an online application by the March 7, 2023 deadline.

We use a lottery system (random drawing) to determine enrollment. Returning families have first priority enrollment, followed by new families. New openings will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis after the March 7th application deadline.

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 by March 12, 2023.

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, or April 15, 2023 (whichever is sooner) to hold your spot. For returning families, your nonrefundable tuition deposit is due June 1, 2023.

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 2024 tuition payment, and can only be applied to an earlier month if you withdraw from the school before May 1, 2024, 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 2023-24 school year. Our Board and Social Justice Committee will re-evaluate this model in December of 2023 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 2022 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