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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.

Latest News

SPRING FAIR this Sunday, May 8 from 11:00 to 3:00 PM

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Due to weather, the Fair has been postponed for one week to the 8th. Everything will transpire as scheduled: pony rides (11:30 - 1:30), live music, great food, face painting, lots of game and activities for the entire family. An annual Charlottesville area tradition. Click to see photos of the 2015 Spring Fair.

May Day rescheduled for Wednesday, May 18 at morning drop off!

Time: 8:50 am which will give time to gather the children, bedeck the May poles, and enjoy coffee or tea at the picnic tables. Biggest changes:  The program starts first thing in the morning and then goes into a regular day with no picnic lunch.

Second & Third Graders' KID Talks Address How to Change the World!

Today eighteen 8 and 9-year-olds expounded on how to improve our community and the world. If you missed it, you can view the news stories at the station websites: NBC 29 and Newsplex.

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.