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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.

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.

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School honored by the National Wildlife Federation!

America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization has featured Free Union in its Garden for Wildlife Month blog post about the ways students can protect and encourage wildlife on school grounds. Thanks to our caring students and teachers, with special gratitude to Beth Winn and George Mackaronis.

Free Union earns Schoolyard Habitat Certification!

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Free Union 2nd and 3rd graders, by mapping and documenting wildlife habitat components on the campus, have earned this certification through the National Wildlife Federation.