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Welcome to Free Union Country School!

We are a progressive private elementary school, serving preschool through fifth grade near Charlottesville, Virginia.

The school philosophy begins with the child at the center. Natural curiosity, creativity, and eagerness to explore are powerful forces that drive learning.

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Our goal is to spark a love of learning and provide an academic and social foundation that will serve each student today and well into tomorrow.

Progressive education at Free Union is distinguished by a number of research-based ideas: students who learn by doing, teachers who ask rather than tell, a community that nurtures growth in character as well as intellect, and a fundamental understanding that students are individuals who arrive with their own interests, preconceptions, and preparedness to tackle certain tasks.

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May Day festivities scheduled for tomorrow have been postponed to next Friday, May 6 at 11 AM!

See you all then. Assemble at 11 AM in the Big Room. Bring a chairs, blankets, and a picnic lunch to share with your children on the hill. Kids will be back in class at 1 PM as May Day is a regular school day. Thanks!

SPRING FAIR POSTPONED to Next Sunday, May 8 from 11:00 to 3:00 PM

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Due to weather, the Fair has been postponed for one week. Everything will transpire as scheduled but a week later: pony rides (11:30 - 1:30), live music, great food, face painting, lots of game and activities for the entire family. An annual Charlottesville area tradition. Click to see photos of the 2015 Spring Fair.

Second & Third Graders' KID Talks Address How to Change the World!

Today eighteen 8 and 9-year-olds expounded on how to improve our community and the world. If you missed it, you can view the news stories at the station websites: NBC 29 and Newsplex.

Free Union earns Schoolyard Habitat Certification!

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Free Union 2nd and 3rd graders, by mapping and documenting wildlife habitat components on the campus, have earned this certification through the National Wildlife Federation.