AUCP Admissions

We are accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. We currently have openings in all classes. Applications will be considered on a first-come/first-serve basis. Please email our Membership Chairs at if you have any questions.

AUCP is committed to opening and safely serving our community! Due to COVID-19, our cooperative classrooms may look a bit different this Fall than they have in the past. Whatever the adjustments, we are confident that we will be ready to provide an enriching and joyful preschool experience. Decisions, such as class size, co-oping in the classroom, etc., will be made this Summer based on health data and recommendations. All deposits will remain fully refundable until August 1. We’re extending our usual deadline of April 30 to ensure families have greater flexibility in their decision-making.

AUCP accepts children ages one to five years of any race, color, religion, nationality, or ethnic origin.

“I believe I am a better parent because I am surrounded by people who know my child and who have been a wonderful source of information, suggestions, and reassurance.”
– AUCP parent


Admissions Policies

AUCP is open to applicants of any race, color, religion, nationality, or ethnic origin. AUCP conducts a lottery each year to fill any openings and does not carry a waitlist over from year to year (although some priority is given to those who were on the  waitlist in the prior year). There are priority groups within our lottery system, as listed below. After the application deadline, applicants will receive notification of their admission or place on the waitlist.

Admission Priority Groups:

  1. Children of AUCP faculty1 and current students returning to the same class2
  2. Current students
  3. Siblings of current students
  4. Former students and their siblings3
  5. Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington pledging members and friends4
  6. Applicants from the previous year’s waitlist5
    • 1 Faculty members only have priority in enrolling their Panda-age children in one day more than the number of days they are teaching. Requests for additional days will be considered only after the requests of children in groups 2–4 have been met.
    • 2 Current students returning to the Panda class will be given priority for up to two Panda days. However, these students may not enroll in a third Panda class until all applicants from groups 3 and 4 have been offered up to two Panda spots.
    • 3 Former students must have completed 1 full school year to be eligible for this priority
    • 4 “Members/Friends of UUCA” must have been pledging members/friends for at least one year prior to the UUCA application deadline. Status is subject to confirmation by UUCA and its requirements. Only the status of an applicant’s parent/legal guardian is applicable for this priority (i.e., the status of grandparents, aunts, uncles etc. does not impact the applicants priority).
    • 5 Students from the prior year waiting list (who applied by September 30th) will be given priority but must submit a new application and fee.

After the application deadline, new applications will be considered in the order in which they are received, except those of siblings of enrolled students, which will continue to receive priority.