Strong ties between students of different ages create an atmosphere of caring and support. We foster these relationships early by partnering each kindergartener with an 8th grade buddy; together, they will read, play games, and do art projects. This bond is memorable from the start for both the children and their families. First graders are paired with 5th graders for activities such as role-player good recess behaviors, decorating bags for the Marin Food Bank, or creating Earth Day artwork. As students get older, they continue forging long-term relationships across the grades and beyond the borders of the school with local communities and their peers in other countries (learn more about our partnerships here).