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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.

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.

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

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.

Latest News

Coffee and Conversation at Wednesday Drop-off!

Join ElizaBeth on Wednesday, Dec. 2 before you head into the holiday ornament and wreath emporium with Anissa.

Wreath Sale & Holiday Shopping

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Free Union wreaths and festive, holiday decorations are on sale now. Please consult the information flyer to see what is available. Then download the wreath order form and submit it to the school office at 4220 Free Union Road (Free Union, VA 22940). NOTE: Wreath and decoration building from Sun. Nov. 29 to Fri. Dec. 4! Check schedule

Seeking Substitute Teachers

Those with a bachelor's degree and experience are encouraged to send a letter of interest, a resume, and contact info for three professional references to the head of school ElizaBeth McCay at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Students Learn About What It's Like to Be Immigrants!

Free Union second and third graders simulated immigration to the US on Oct. 23, the culmination of their study over the last several weeks. See CBS Ch 19 news clip here and NBC Ch 29 video story here. Or treat yourself to both!