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Mission and Philosophy

Mission Statement

Free Union Country School provides a strong and supportive academic and social environment for children from preschool age through fifth grade. With the cooperation of parents, students, teachers, staff and friends, Free Union Country School is a community where learning is valued, individuals are respected, diversity is understood as a strength, and teamwork is rewarded.

The school's program develops independence, responsibility, self-confident decision-making, and each child's natural desire to learn.

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.

To this end, students are given ample opportunities for in-depth examinations of various topics, many of which are inspired by their own questions and interests. Students learn fundamental skills such as mathematics, reading, and writing through phonics and quality literature, while they strengthen problem-solving capabilities and hone critical thinking skills through a variety of research projects. Individual and group investigations are aided by resources both within the school walls and in the larger community through field trips and self-guided explorations. Multi-age classrooms in the upper grades bring children with diverse interests and readiness levels together in a spirit of community where each can learn from the other. This cooperative spirit is essential to learning. The low student-to-teacher ratio allows the extra attention to each student and his or her particular way of learning within the group.

It is important for children to be happy to come to school, eager to share in the day that awaits them, and to feel confident and proud about the outcome of their endeavors. Our aim is to provide an environment that is accepting and loving, in which the self-esteem of each child is protected and expanded. Our teachers demonstrate respect for the children as individuals and encourage them to reflect this attitude of respect and consideration with others. Discipline is handled as an opportunity for learning proper responses to difficult situations and should not eclipse a child's sense of self-worth. Children are taught to approach and accept the results of their actions honestly.

Those of us involved with Free Union Country School cannot think of a better vocation than preparing children to meet their challenges with joy and anticipation. A child's delight in learning is the best preparation for life.