What is the ratio of adult to child in each class?
Each class has approximately one adult to every three children. In addition to the teacher and assistant teacher, each class has a specific number of work parents assigned.
How often does a parent have to work in the class?
A parent should be prepared to work in the classroom approximately one day per week per child.
Occasionally you will need to attend class with your child on a day other than your regular work day (when field trips or other special activities require the presence of extra adults).
How does a parent participate in class?
You participate in the preschool class by attending your child’s class as a work parent. In the 2s/3s class, specific jobs are assigned to you on the schedule. Jobs
may include: snack person, inside art helper, outside sensory/art helper, outside large motor/sand area helper, or floater. In the 3s/4s class, only the snack parent is assigned, and others selected by work parents on a first-come, first-served basis as you arrive. In the Pre-K class, there is no snack parent, and all jobs are selected by work parents on a first-come, first-served basis when you arrive on your work day.
Apart from working in the class, what other commitments are there?
You will help run the school by working on a committee (such as Curriculum, Fundraising, or Facilities) or by serving on the Board of Directors. You will also help support the program through facility maintenance, special assignments, and fundraising. Please refer to LAPP’s Basic Membership Participation Requirements form in your Application packet for more details.
Do I need to attend meetings?
Yes, by enrolling your child in our program, you also become a student, spending laboratory time in the classroom with your child and lecture time meeting separately with your adult classmates. The monthly Class Meeting (where the teacher and work parents meet) is held during the day, while your child is at school. The General Membership Meetings are all-parent evening meetings (with one or both parents attending) consisting of parent education lectures. Typically one is scheduled in the Fall, and one in the Spring.
How is LAPP different from other co-ops in the area?
Los Altos Parent Preschool has been in the community for over 60 years. We have a lovely large facility, with both an indoor classroom and an outdoor play area (known as the “outdoor classroom” or the “OC”) designed, built and maintained by our members. We also enjoy the use of an adjacent playground during our school hours. We believe that parents are drawn to the co-op system because they want to take a meaningful role in their child’s education. At LAPP, parents help to design the curriculum, working with the staff to make sure that choices are developmentally appropriate and enticing for the children. Parents oversee the actual operation, everyday decision-making, and long-term planning for the school, with support and information provided by the teachers.
Can a single-parent family participate?
Absolutely. LAPP is a wonderful community, and we strive to make it a place for all families to participate.
Can a grandparent be the in-class work "parent"?
Yes. We have several families where schedules dictate that neither parent can be in the class, but a grandparent can. We are happy to work with you.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Children are not required to be potty trained. Staff and work parents will help children with changes of diapers and/or clothing as needed and will make every effort to help individual children who are learning to use the potty.
I have twins, how often will I be required to work and is there a tuition discount?
Families with multiple children enrolled at LAPP will be required to fulfill all LAPP work, meeting, fundraising and special co-op hours on a per child basis. Maintenance is done on a per family basis. Some portion of these requirements may be waived for all families with multiples at the discretion of the board. There will be a 10% tuition discount for the second child enrolled.
What if I want to preview a class?
Please contact the Registrar at email@example.com or at 650-947-9371 to arrange a visit.
What is the "Flex Option"?
In an effort to make our program more accessible to all sorts of family dynamics, we introduced an option to pay an increased tuition in exchange for reducing your work obligation in a committee position by approximately 30 hours per year. It can also be used to reduce the amount of work required by a family with twins or multiple enrolled children..
Who provides the school snacks?
All snacks are provided by parents. Pre-K parents pack lunch-boxes for their children. In the younger classes, the snacks are provided by the parent assigned to snack duty. A standard snack consists of crackers, fruit and cheese. Snack duty comes around for a parent roughly every 6-8 weeks depending on the class. We are a nut-free school and will make various accommodations for other food allergies.
What is major maintenance day?
As part of the co-op duties, a parent must help clean the school on one of the school's three scheduled maintenance days.
Does LAPP offer childcare for younger siblings?
No, some families participate in some kind of co-op childcare exchange for their younger children.
Is LAPP licensed?
Does LAPP have a wait list?
Priority is given to returning and alumni families. Registration then opens to the public at Open House, typically held the last Saturday in January. If more applications are received then there are openings in a class, a wait list is generated, in line with the priorities.
What if a family wants to enroll multiple children at LAPP?
LAPP offers a 10% discount for the second child enrolled.
How many children are enrolled at LAPP?
School capacity is 64 children across 3 classes.
How do I enroll?
Start by attending the Open House the last Saturday in January or by calling the school for a visit: (650) 947-9371. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you have visited our school, we will send you a link to the application. The admissions process is explained in further detail on the Admissions page.