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Mission and Philosophy

Mission Statement

Free Union Country School's purpose is to nurture in each child a love of learning within a community that respects childhood, models kindness, and encourages curiosity.

Core School Beliefs:

  • Kindness, curiosity, and respect are fundamental
  • Children learn best through active exploration and play
  • Children thrive when they are celebrated and known in their community
  • True learning in all areas – academic, social, physical, artistic – takes place when children are joyful and confident
  • Each child learns in a unique way and it is our challenge to find it and encourage it
  • Knowledgeable, creative, and caring teachers are indispensable

We accomplish the school purpose by:

  • Honoring childhood and the unique ways children learn
  • Knowing each student’s individual strengths and interests
  • Modeling respect among adults and children alike
  • Fostering awareness, embracing difference, and nurturing unity
  • Encouraging students and teachers to share ideas and opinions
  • Enhancing learning with teachers who are free to teach in creative and connecting ways
  • Expanding classroom boundaries to utilize the rich, natural outdoor setting

So that our students are:

  • Excited about learning and eager to come to school each day
  • Prepared to think critically and meet academic challenges
  • Able to make their learning personally meaningful
  • Curious about the world around them
  • Confident, self aware, and comfortable expressing themselves in public
  • Kind, caring, socially mindful, and actively engaged in the world beyond themselves

Free Union Country School admits children between the ages of three and eleven who can benefit from a child-centered, multi-disciplinary academic school curriculum, offered without discrimination by race, religion, ethnic background, gender, or sexual orientation.

Philosophy

Free Union Country School, an independent preschool and elementary school, seeks to create a learning environment that stimulates children's inherent desire to learn about themselves and their world. The school views a strong working relationship among parents, teachers, and students as basic to the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of students. Teachers use a richly textured curriculum to create a variety of opportunities for active learning with the primary goals of stimulating critical thinking and increasing academic competence.