About PACE

 Parents Active in Cooperative Education (PACE) is a choice program available to all Northshore elementary families. PACE began in 1973 when fifteen families proposed implementing classroom enrichment programs with higher parent involvement. Today, PACE is a grade 1 through 5 program offered at three sites throughout the Northshore School District (Wellington, Lockwood,  and Woodmoor). Pace at Wellington is offered to students attending Bear Creek, Cottage Lake, East Ridge, Hollywood Hill, Kokanee, Sunrise, Wellington, and Woodin elementary schools.

PACE students benefit from one-on-one support in the classroom provided by parent volunteers who assist with small group instruction and offsite enrichment programs. In addition, each classroom participates in a variety of educational field trips. Students also experience multi-grade cooperative learning through program study units and activities.

All PACE programs meet the curriculum requirements of the Northshore School District, and PACE students have full access to school activities and events including PE, music, library, assemblies and after-school activities. Visit the Northshore School District PACE page for more information.


If you are interested in enrolling in the PACE at Wellington program, please visit the enrollment page. There is an application process and placement is determined in a blind lottery in late winter.

Family Commitment

PACE families must contribute a minimum of 80 hours of volunteer work per year to support the program. Work may be either in the classroom or outside the classroom, based on parent’s availability and interest.