* WEATHER ALERT: Orchard Park Co-Op closed 2/1 *

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few of the most common questions from parents and prospective families:

What are the school hours?

Our classes from 9:15am-12:00pm.

When does the school year run?

We follow the Orchard Park school district calendar. When the district is closed for a holiday or break, school is closed as well. We also close when the district has a snow day. If the district has a 2 hour delay, we are closed for the full day. We are open for classes when the district is closed for Superintendent Day.

Our first day of school is the Monday after Labor Day. Our school year ends the week before Memorial Day. Following the end of the school year, we offer an optional 3 week program called Camp Lunch Bunch?

What credentials do your teachers have?

We pride ourselves on the fact that all of our teachers are certified teachers with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.

When is registration?

Registration begins the last week of January for the following academic year.

Is there an Open House?

Yes! We hold an annual open house in early February. It’s a great opportunity to see our school and meet our teachers. You do not need to register to attend open house. Children are always welcome!

Where are you located?

Our physical address is 4369 S Buffalo St, Orchard Park, NY 14127. We are located inside the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church.

Do classes have age requirements?

Each class has an age requirement that is strictly followed. No exceptions are made to this policy.  

3 year old class – Child must turn 3 by December 1st of the academic year.

4 year old class – Child must turn 4 by December 1st of the academic year.

4 Plus – Child must turn 5 by March 1st of the academic year.

Do you follow a specific curriculum?

In short, we do not follow a specific curriculum. We do however have educational outcomes that we work to achieve. Our motto is “Learn by Doing.” The Co-Op is built on the educational principal of a developmentally appropriate curriculum. That means that children are taught through methods that provide the best opportunities for learning at their stage of development. Our classrooms are arranged in learning centers, and instruction is reinforced with hands-on experiences that promote meaningful participation at each child’s level. Developing reading and math skills and understanding natural world are part of each day’s lessons through both instruction and play. Co-Op students leave our school with the skills and knowledge they need for kindergarten academics and with a love of learning that goes far beyond.

What is co-oping (participating)?

If you choose to be a co-oping family, you would be required to help out in your child’s classroom approximately once a month. When it is your turn to co-op, you should arrive no later than 9:05. The teacher will give you instructions for the day such as helping out with a craft or activity, cleaning up, setting up snack, and supervising the children. It’s a great opportunity to see what your child does while he/she is at school!

Co-oping is not a requirement. If you are unable to co-op, another family member such as a grandparent, aunt, uncle, or even a nanny/babysitter can co-op in your place.

What are the class sizes?

Our 3 and 4 year old classes are limited to 12 students. Our 4+ class enrolls up to 18 students.

Does my child need to be potty trained?

It is not a requirement for 3 year olds to be potty trained, however, it is recommended that you be working on it at home by the time your child enters school. If your child is continually requiring a diaper or pull up to be changed at school, you child’s teacher may request that you come to school to change them.  

Can I tour the school?

Absolutely! A tour can be scheduled at any time throughout the year. Children are always welcome. To set up a tour, contact our director or registration chair at 716-662-6700 or orchardparkcoop@gmail.com.

What is included in my tuition?

Tuition includes all school supplies, field trips, and daily snacks.

What is the volunteer requirement?

We require all parents to volunteer for at least 1 event during the year. We have several events throughout the year such as classroom clean up, playground improvement, and 1-2 fundraisers (such as a meat raffle and/or chicken barbeque).

Will my child take field trips?

Each class takes a field trip about once a month. Our classes visit places such as fire stations, police stations, garden centers, parks, farms, yoga studios, assisted living facilities and nursing homes, the aquarium, and the zoo. You are responsible for transporting your child to and from all field trips. Your child’s admission is covered in your tuition. For some field trips, there will be a nominal fee for parents and siblings who wish to attend. On occasion we ask that no siblings attend for specific field trips. This is dependent upon the location and activity of the trip.

Can we celebrate my child’s birthday?

We would love to celebrate your child! Unfortunately we cannot accommodate a full scale party, but you may bring in a special snack that day!

What is Camp Lunch Bunch?

Camp Lunch Bunch is an optional program that runs for 3 weeks immediately following the end of the school year. It follows the same time frame as our regular class day; 9:15am-12:00pm. The first day of Camp Lunch Bunch is the Tuesday following Memorial Day. All ages come together for crafts, games, scavenger hunts, play, and lunch! Children bring a towel and a lunch and eat outside toward the end of the day. Teachers and teacher assistants alternate days so your child may get to meet some new faces.