Our elementary school, which includes kindergarten through fourth grade, focuses on the growth of the whole child: physically, socially, emotionally, cognitively, and spiritually.  UFS cultivates a school environment that is warm, nurturing, non-competitive, and promotes comprehensive tolerance and respect.  As our students progress through the elementary grades they are given the means to advance academically through carefully constructed curricula.

Kindergarten – 4th grades: Monday-Friday 8:15 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Parents and caregivers may drop-off children beginning at 7:45 a.m.

Children must be 5 years old by September 1st to enter the kindergarten class.

Elementary School Curriculum

Sarai Nieves

Rustin Class Teacher (Kindergarten) |

Sarai taught at Brooklyn Friends, Bank Street and Beginning with Children Charter School. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Early Childhood Education and has done doctoral work in curriculum and teaching with an interest in early childhood, urban education and multiculturalism.

Jenna Noel

Penn Class Teacher (1st and 2nd grades) |

Jenna graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She attended the graduate school program at West Chester University, earning her certification in Elementary Education (k-6). She received a master’s in Education from Cabrini College.

Eileen Galla

Fox Class Teacher (3rd and 4th grades) |

Eileen has been at UFS since 1989, first as an aide for five years then as a classroom teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and graduate credits in learning disabilities. Eileen is PA and MA certified in elementary education.