Rancho Co-op Nursery School

Where Children and Families Grow Together

A non-profit organization dedicated to seeing the preschool child blossom and the family bloom.

In collaboration with LARAP

Rancho Co-op Nursery School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.


Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the 2018/2019 school year is $2,925. It can be paid in one lump sum due on the 1st of September, or in nine monthly installments of $325, due on the 1st of each month. Tuition is considered late after the 10th of each month and a late fee will be added. 

A $50 non-refundable application fee is due with all applications. A security deposit of $325, a $100 site fee and a $50 insurance fee is due with admission paperwork. This deposit can be refunded upon graduation, or upon complete withdrawal from the program as outlined in the handbook. 

There is a 10% discount for enrolled siblings. 

Tour and Application

At this time, most tours are conducted on Fridays. We do not tour children who are under two years of age. We ask that you bring your child with you, and that you plan to stay from 9:45-11:45. Applications are available after the tour. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee. 

To schedule a tour please call 310.558.9378. The voicemail is checked once a week and you will be contacted as soon as the tour schedule for the next month has been opened. 

Bench Time

During the first two weeks of school for any child, each working parent stays at school for a period that we call "bench time." During these two weeks, the parent learns the rhythm of the school day and begins preparing for volunteering in the classroom. The child is also given an opportunity to confidently separate from the parent. At the director's discretion, the parent leaves for longer and longer periods of time each day, working towards a smooth morning drop off and afternoon pick up. 

Membership Obligations

A parent or guardian is required to volunteer for one workday per week, per enrolled child. This shift is scheduled at the beginning of the year and will remain the same day of the week throughout the school year.

Workday shifts begin at 9:15 and end when the last child is signed out.  

Since this position requires hands-on classroom participation, the working parent is required to have a negative TB test and pass a Department of Justice background check via fingerprinting.

In addition to a weekly workday, family jobs are assigned at the beginning of the year. These range from simple tasks, like being responsible for the laundry, to more time intensive jobs, like yearbook or fresh snack. 

The classroom is cleaned and sterilized monthly on a Saturday or Sunday. Each family is responsible for two clean-up shifts per year. 

Each family is responsible for one move-in shift in early September and one move-out shift in late May. 

Attendance is required at quarterly general meetings. These usually take place in the evenings.

As a Rancho family, you are also responsible for reading and understanding the Rancho Handbook.