Program Highlights

Child Development

The program at UFNS encourages social, emotional, physical, and intellectual child development in each student through:

  • Individual discovery
  • Hands-on experience
  • Creative work
Child Development

The staff develops appropriate materials and activities so children are able to:

  • Learn and grow at own pace
  • Develop self-confidence
  • Form positive relationship with other children and adults

We support the development of a positive self-image for each child.

Our mixed-age class is led by two or three teachers each day. UFNS’ goal is a 1:6 teacher to student ratio. In this dynamic, gently guided environment, children are encouraged to interact with classmates of different ages. Younger students learn from their older classmates. Older students reinforce their own knowledge by serving as role models for younger classmates. And all learn to respect one another for their unique contributions, regardless of age or experience.


Most of our curriculum originates from the children’s current interests. The greatest level of success depends on this and the school’s children, teachers and parents working together.

Hands-on activities, self-discovery opportunities and creative work shape our curriculum. Through activities they enjoy, children are exposed to art, writing, creative movement, music, math, science, social studies and physical education. Children work individually and in small groups to learn at their own pace, build confidence, and form positive relationships.