The entire student body numbers about 1000. Our daughter has only attended senior school, which numbers close to 600 students, with about 250 boarders. The population is diverse, with over 20 countries represented. This gives kids an opportunity to learn about other cultures that they might not normally get in a traditional school. The graduating class is about 150 each year. This is small enough to allow most of the students to know each other, but large enough to encourage students to spread their wings socially. The students are genuinely excited about the successes of their classmates, in the classroom and in sporting activities. Vivat!
It is clear when meeting the students at SMUS that they are very mature, polite, confident and well mannered. They all appear to have strong social IQ and emotional IQ's demonstrated by their comfort with making eye contact, offering a smile and a good handshake. It may sound like an unusual comment, but this type of interaction sets a positive tone right away. The atmosphere at the school feels positive. It feels like a good campus - almost from the minute you drive in. There is a "je ne sais quoi" about the feel and look of the campus that simply feels good or comfortable. Most of our student interactions have been with our son and his friends in residence, and there always appears to be a sense of friendship and camaraderie. Our most extensive exposure has been during the annual school play, and the atmosphere amongst those both in the play and the students attending is excellent. A combination of enthusiasm, goodwill, and encouragement that is heartwarming for us as parents.
The student body is average sized but regardless of the school's size, school spirit seems to be very high among the students. In addition, the school really encourages the students to try to be as involved as possible. To the best of my knowledge, the school community is extremely friendly, welcoming, and open. Due to moderate size of the student body, most students in a grade are familiar with one another which goes a long way in brightening the community atmosphere and in quickly putting new students at ease while keeping them from being overwhelmed. Like I’ve stated before, the community at the school feels very welcoming and as far as I can tell from my kids, the school environment heavily fosters closer personal connections.