Having attended Olivet from PreK through to grade 8, I went from being the youngest in the school to the oldest and everything in between. When young, I looked up to the older students, and when in grade 8, I understood that I was a role model to the little kids. For the most part, everyone knows each other. Not all the kids that attend Olivet are local. Some travel by bus, others by car or even carpool with other students. They come from many different ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds which is to the benefit of the student population. Despite any differences, the one thing that they have in common is their faith. The dynamic of students at Olivet is unified. There weren't cliques or "popular" kids. Everyone has a place and finds a group (or many) of friends.
The student body was very small but tightly knit. Out of necessity, students of varying ages spent time together, rather than only socializing with those in their classes or grades. Commitment to academics, as well as fairness and inclusion in the schoolyard, were generally respected and valued among students. Students were from varied ethnic backgrounds and various quirky personality characteristics were typically accepted. In hindsight, I think a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds were represented as well (financial aid is available), but such differences were not very noticeable among students. Students with particular learning needs tended to thrive in the smaller classrooms, although more severe impairments or behavioural concerns could be difficult to accommodate given the small size of the institution. Every student had an impact on classroom and school culture.