• A young girl looks across a fence into a field

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

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  • A boy watches a girl traverse the play structure

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  • Girl works in her nature study workbook under the trees

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  • Two students read a picture book together among colorful pencils

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

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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

  • Helping Children Settle Squabbles

    Helping Children Settle Squabbles

    Marguerite Brunner

    Not a parent or teacher is immune to the instant request to be judge and jury when children find themselves in the midst of an unresolved conflict. You can feel it coming as they race towards you with set jaws, furrowed brows, and outraged voices exclaiming how woefully each feels they’ve been wronged.

Learning in Action