What is the impact of having a small student body?
Being a small high school enables faculty to have a close relationship with our students. At The Element we are all on a first name basis with our students. The smaller numbers enable us to provide individual support for students and individual guidance. Stronger connections between student and teacher provide the opportunity to get to know our students as people and not just as learners.
Having a smaller peer group can provide its challenges, but also provides an opportunity to work on social skills, such as tolerance and understanding and to develop the ability to work collaboratively with people who are not necessarily your closest friends, as in many workplaces.