FAQ


How can I obtain more information about Stone School Cooperative Preschool or arrange to take a tour of the school?

  • The best way to obtain more information or schedule a tour is by visiting our contact page.  From here you can send us an email or request a tour and one of our staff members will respond to your inquiry. If you wish to contact the school via telephone, please call (734) 971-4820. If no one is available to answer your call, please leave a voicemail and someone will return your call.

Are you affiliated with the former Stone High School or Ann Arbor Public Schools?

  • No, we are an independent school. We are not affiliated with Ann Arbor Public Schools or any other organization.
  • Our building was the original Stone School Building, once part of the Ann Arbor School District. The Cooperative Nursery was started in 1953 and rented the building from Ann Arbor Public Schools. Stone School Cooperative Nursery Purchased the building from the school district in 1995. The name was changed to Stone School Cooperative Preschool in 2015.

Is my child old enough to attend Stone School?

  • We accept children between the ages of 30 months and 5 years old. For children under 3 years old an assessment may be required before enrollment. 
  • We prefer that children be at least in the process of potty training before enrolling. Due to our licensing we are not allowed to change diapers.

My child will turn 3 in October; can he/she still enroll?

  • We accept children between the ages of 30 months and 5 years old. For children under 3 years old an assessment may be required before enrollment. 

What is the class size? What is the adult/child ratio?

  • Each class can have up to 23 children.
  • Each class has one teacher. There will typically be 2-3 assist parents and some classes will also have a teaching assistant.

Does my child need to be potty trained?

  • No. We will accept children who are not potty trained; however, due to our licensing we are not allowed to change diapers.

Will my child go on field trips? How much do they cost? How does transportation work?

  • Yes, we go on several optional field trips throughout the year.
  • Parents are responsible for any fees or admission costs associated with field trips. You will be notified in advance of how and when payments will be due.    
  • Parents are also responsible for transporting their child to the field trip location instead of school. Parents may stay for field trips, however, if there is a fee for participation they will have to pay for themselves as well.
  • Past field trips have included the fire station, Domino Farms, University of Michigan Natural History Museum, apple picking, County Farm Park, and more.

What types of fundraising does the school do?

  • We run some optional fundraisers through out the year. These may include: special weekend events at the school; book fairs; shopping fundraisers; Kroger Rewards Cards; restaurant and local area business fundraisers.

How does parking work at school?

  • There are only enough spaces for the teacher and assist parents to park on school property. We have a drop off lane and the teacher or one of the assist parents will get your child from the car and bring them to the car at the end of the day.
  • Alternatively, you may park in the neighborhood and walk your child to and from the school entrance. There is parking in the neighborhood across Packard Road (Ember Way) with a walkway to the intersection of Packard and Stone School. See the Parking page for more information.
  • Please do not park at Pathways to Success across the street during school hours. Your vehicle may be towed.

What is the parent commitment?

  • You will be the assist parent roughly 2-3 times a month.
  • We also ask parents to help with school maintenance and day-to-day operations by asking them to perform a school job, one weekend clean up day, one seasonal workday and one shift at a community outreach or school event. 
  • Each school job varies in duties and will be assigned based on your interest.
  • There are two required all-school general meetings, which a member of every family must attend (fall and spring).

What about my other children while I am assisting?

  • When you are scheduled as an Assist Parent, your attention needs to be on assisting with the class, so younger children cannot accompany you. Younger siblings are of course welcome at other times you are at the school, such as for parties. 
  • Please note that our building and toys are not age appropriate for younger than 30 months. If you do bring a young child in as a guest we ask that you please monitored them closely.

What does an assist parent do?

  • There are three assist parent roles.
  • The Art Parent will help with the day’s art project and end of day clean up.
  • The Snack Parent is responsible for bringing the snack. The Snack Parent will also supervise activities in the basement during free play.
  • The Curb Parent is responsible for getting children out of cars at drop off. During school, the Curb Parent will help supervise play upstairs during free play. The Curb Parent will help supervise at the end of the day when children are on the playground.
  • Discipline matters are referred to the teacher.

What qualifications does an assist parent need?

  • All assist parents must submit to a State of Michigan Background check with includes fingerprinting. This is required every 2 years by the State of Michigan.  The fingerprinting processing charge is between $50 and $60 and will be directly charged to you by the State of Michigan when you make the appointment to be fingerprinted.

Does the assist parent have to be a parent?

  • No. Many families have grandparents or other caregivers who do some or all of the assists. We ask that all assist parents are over 18 years of age and submit to a State of Michigan required background check.

What are the financial responsibilities of enrollment?

  • In addition to monthly tuition, annual charges include:
    • $45 fee to process the enrollment application due when your application is submitted and accepted (this fee is non-refundable even if you choose not to attend)
    • $200 Membership Responsibility Deposit (non-refundable and charged $100 per semester)
    • $50 – $60 fingerprinting processing fee charge by the State of Michigan for each designated Assist Parent
  • Additional expenses can also be expected when you serve as Snack Assist Parent because you are asked to providing snack for the entire class.
  • We often have class parties, teacher gifts and field trips throughout the year that we may ask for a contribution. This could include providing a dish during a potluck party, provided treats during a special event or giving money towards a class gift for the teacher or staff. All of which are optional.
  • We also participate in the Scholastic Book Order program and the Usborne Books and More book fair so you will have the opportunity to purchase books. All participation in books orders are optional.

Does the school provide lunch?

  • No. We do not have the facilities to prepare lunch.
  • Only children enrolled in the full day program will have a lunch hour. For those children, we ask that all a packed lunch from home is sent with the children to school.

Will my child nap at school?

  • Only children enrolled in the full day program will have a nap time/quiet time. Each child will be asked to bring a crib sized sheet and blanket to be used at nap time. All bedding will be sent home each week to be laundered at home.