• A young girl looks across a fence into a field

    At Free Union, learning is...
    everywhere

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

    At Free Union, learning is...
    joyful

  • A boy watches a girl traverse the play structure

    At Free Union, learning is...
    challenging

  • Girl works in her nature study workbook under the trees

    At Free Union, learning is...
    independent

  • Two students read a picture book together among colorful pencils

    At Free Union, learning is...
    shared

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

    At Free Union, learning is...
    messy

  • A student peers into a microscope

    At Free Union, learning is...
    eye-opening

  • Students and their teacher read together under a tree

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

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.

Our Free Union Way

  • Lessons for Life: How Progressive Education Can Benefit Us All

    Lessons for Life: How Progressive Education Can Benefit Us All

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    Eric Anderson

    At around 10:15 on my very first Monday here at Free Union, a posse of eight first-graders appeared excitedly if perhaps slightly insistently at my office door. “Hi, Eric.” they said, “Read this.” They presented me with a piece of cardstock that had been folded in half, and decorated on the front with eight illustrations of foods they each enjoyed. When I opened the card, I found the following inside:

Learning in Action