• Kids and teachers play outdoors

    At Free Union, learning is...
    everywhere

  • Young students smile over a construction of wooden sticks

    At Free Union, learning is...
    joyful

  • Two students work together on math using a calculator and candies

    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

  • Older students view images in 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.

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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.