• A young girl looks across a fence into a field

    At Free Union, learning is...

  • Group of students wave butterfly nets excitedly on the outdoor classroom deck

    At Free Union, learning is...

  • A boy watches a girl traverse the play structure

    At Free Union, learning is...

  • Girl works in her nature study workbook under the trees

    At Free Union, learning is...

  • Two students read a picture book together among colorful pencils

    At Free Union, learning is...

  • Preschoolers in rain gear laugh and stomp in a mud puddle

    At Free Union, learning is...

  • A student peers into a microscope

    At Free Union, learning is...

  • Students and their teacher read together under a tree

    At Free Union, learning is...
    for all ages

Chicken Tales: Stories Our Students Have Written at Home

Sarah, our preschool teacher, brings them to life. They are terrific! Students, send your stories and we'll record them for broadcast!

Still All the Excitement of Learning

Look in on our students quarantined at home, writing haikus, meeting daily as a class via Zoom, observing insect life at a backyard stream, solving math problems crafted from a fast-food menu, helping in new ways in garden or kitchen, enlisting parents in their independent research projects, creating a digital sweet-16 bird identification tournament to take the edge off of you know what, and reading, reading, reading... every day and a lot!

Welcome to Free Union Country School!

We are a progressive, independent elementary school, serving eager learners in 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.

Our Free Union Way

  • School: In Session But Not On Campus

    School: In Session But Not On Campus

    Jolee Nail Horn & Howard Miller

    As a school, we see one of our biggest strengths as that of making and building relationships—math clubs, garden weeders, bird watchers, book groups, basketball shooters, worm and caterpillar rescuers all joined together daily in our interests and pursuits. How does a school that relishes connections teach from afar?

Learning in Action