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Rose Scharlin is a cooperative Nursery School in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake area founded in 1939

Our Mission

Our purpose is to provide a safe, secure and challenging environment for our children; to offer them a range of developmentally appropriate activities; and to reflect the diversity of our backgrounds, our community and our world. We emphasize the process of parents and children learning and working together for the social, emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual growth of all. We cherish each child’s need to play.

We acknowledge and value our differences, and respect our children as unique individuals with their own abilities and needs. We actively seek to challenge the impact of bias on our children in our interactions with them and each other and in our choice of educational materials and activities.

We work to encourage the growth and empowerment of children and adults in building the cooperative community of Rose Scharlin, respecting all individuals as we work toward our shared goals.


Rose Scharlin Cooperative Nursery School has the distinction of being the very first cooperative nursery school in the City of Los Angeles and the model upon which local schools patterned themselves. It was founded in 1939 as the Echo Park Cooperative Nursery School, using the facilities of the Echo Park Playground. In March 1946 a number of its members decided to start a similar school for the Silver Lake area and broke away from the original group, taking with them as the new school’s director Mrs. Rose Scharlin.

The new school began as the Lakeview Cooperative Nursery School at the present school site, which was then an abandoned tennis court. Rose Scharlin was, without doubt, the moving force in the school, fostering the idea of parents and children growing and learning together within the group. When Rose Scharlin died in 1948, the name of the school was changed in her memory. In 1955 it merged with the old Echo Park School to become one again.

Rose Scharlin school admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available 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 and other school-administered programs.

What is a Co-Op?

A cooperative school is just what it sounds like: one operated by the families whose children attend the school, in cooperation with each other and with the school’s teachers. Rose Scharlin is a community we create collectively, every day on the school yard and at every board meeting, fundraising event, and potluck. At the heart of a co-op is the understanding that a community is not an empty box waiting to be filled, but a living thing born out of our shared commitments, concerns, and cooperation. Our school is a nurturing and enriching environment for our children to grow up in because we believe in that vision and because we bring that vision to life together.


Rose Scharlin is at 2414 Lake View Ave. / Los Angeles, CA 90039

Rose Scharlin is located at:

2414 Lake View Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039

We are in Silver Lake, in the hillside community situated behind the 365 Whole Foods on Glendale Blvd. and behind Allesandro Elementary School on Riverside Dr.

Please note: Parking on the dirt road behind the school is not allowed. School is still accessible through front or rear gates.


Phone: (323) 661-1319
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Address: 2414 Lake View Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90039

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