Our son started attending MacLachlan in grade 7 and is currently in grade 10. The choice was between MacLachlan and another private school and after touring and shadowing both, he chose MacLachlan. As he put it at the time: "Mom, it's so quiet! I can think." My husband and I were extremely relieved and happy because our son's choice was congruent with ours. Meaning his character was, and is, in alignment with the overall nature of the school. As a small school, it allows for significant personal attention to each student. As an introvert, our son feels very comfortable, safe and supported by the staff as well as his peers. This has allowed him to grow and develop his confidence which is reflected in all aspects of his life. Our decision was especially reaffirmed with the school's response to the pandemic which was exceptional. While teaching was immediately and seamlessly shifted online in real time (due to the school's existing and ongoing online platform), swift action was being taken to prepare the school building which included cleaning protocols, outfitting it with new, state of the art filtration system, plexiglass barriers as well as PPE equipment). The overall response to the ongoing crisis demonstrates a level of care and concern for the entire staff and student body that quite frankly I believe is unparalleled. It is emblematic of the overall ethos and facilitated in large part due to the small and intimate nature of the school.