Rose Scharlin is a cooperative, owned and operated by the parents of the current students. Parents participate in the school’s daily operations, administration and maintenance through regular work days as teaching assistants, committee work, fund-raising, and monthly business meetings.

Enrollment Criteria

Rose Scharlin enrolls children beginning at age 2 years, 9 months at the start of the school session. Rose Scharlin encourages diversity of every kind, and welcomes families from all races, ethnic groups, religions, and family structures. Toilet training is not required.


Primary enrollment is for classes beginning in September, although a limited number of spaces occasionally become available in the middle of the year. Admission offers to the school are considered by the Director and the parents serving as membership chairs and coordinated by the membership chairs. Rose Scharlin maintains a waiting list, but length of time on the list is not a primary factor in deciding admission status. See Admissions for tuition information and how to apply.


Children may attend three, four, or five days a week, Monday through Friday, depending on the child’s readiness and available space. School hours are 9:00 am – 12:30 pm. Additionally, each family must have one parent work at the school one day a week, these workdays begin at 8:30 am and end around 1:30 pm.


The school year usually lasts from September to June. There are also breaks in the winter and spring. You can see our full calendar here.

School Size

Each year Rose Scharlin is comprised of approximately 30 families. A maximum of 24 students attend each day under the watchful eyes of two-three teachers and four-six workday parents. We strive for a ratio of three children per adult, and never reach higher than five children per adult.

Rainy Days

The school day is primarily experienced outdoors on our lovely hilltop yard, supported by a few indoor spaces for quiet play, reading books in the library, or small group activities in the classroom. Rainy days are generally treated as an opportunity to get new outdoor experiences. The children are encouraged to play in the rain if they are dressed appropriately.

Parent Education

Echo Parenting & Education in Echo Park is our primary resource for parent education, mediation, counseling, professional development for our staff and other services relating to child and family emotional health. Parents attend Parent Education sessions at many of the monthly General Membership meetings.

Please send us an email at info@rosescharlin.com for additional general information, or membership@rosescharlin.com for questions specific to membership.