We are a very small school, but a big family. The children all know each other and the little ones really do look up to the big ones. The older kids are aware of their responsibility in setting an example for the younger ones, and they are also aware that they are in a position of care-giving and mentorship, which they take seriously. One thing that has always impressed me is how alumni consistently return to school to see what their former school mates are doing for MarketPlace or at the science fair, or to support them at the school plays and recitals. That kind of connection is rare and extremely valuable.
The school community is very close. Students know each other and there were lots of opportunities for students to interact across classes and grades. The older kids learned to help and lead the younger kids. The atmosphere was very good. We really appreciated it as it helped tremendously in raising our kids to be kind, friendly, and responsible.