Elementary School

Our elementary school includes kindergarten through fifth grade. We offer small in-person class sizes and a remote learning option. Our unique mixed-grade classes allow younger learners to reach and be challenged and older learners to gain and practice leadership skills. Students spend two years with a teacher allowing teachers to gain a deeper understanding of each individual student’s learning.

Our progressive, project-based approach lets students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time investigating authentic, engaging, and complex questions or systems. Asking questions, conducting Interviews, Collecting information, working side by side with experts and taking important trips directly related to specific studies make the classrooms at UFS a place where meaningful learning happens.

At United Friends school students develop strong reading and writing skills using a comprehensive and inclusive Reader’s Workshop and Writer’s Workshop Model Teachers incorporate Handwriting Without Tears and Words Their Way into a blended approach that strengthens phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension and vocabulary. Literature circles give students the opportunity to read independently, analyze and gather meaning and information from the text. In our elementary program, Students’ blossom from writing simple sentences phonetically to becoming authors who can write using a variety of genres. Students practice reviewing, editing and publishing their work and in the end, celebrate becoming authors.

United Friends School mathematics stems from a belief that students can all learn math well.   Teachers incorporate Bridges in Mathematics and most recent brain research in mathematical thinking to focus on developing students’ deep understanding of mathematical concepts, proficiency with key skills, and ability to solve complex and novel problems.