EPIC builds a strong school community in a number of ways. It all starts with the kids, who feel safe, nurtured and challenged, and so are happy to be there and develop bonds with their co-students and the teachers. But EPIC also outreaches to the families a lot, with family day assembly (where everyone is invited--including grandparents, grads, etc.--and the kids sing the anthem, their school song (which is very cute), some yoga, dancing and stretching, and birthdays are noted and the "star of the week" is awarded. There's also a volunteer "class parent", there's an active board composed of past and present parents, and there are a number of social events during the year. Parents are very welcome participants and the group of parents I've gotten to know all seem to get along very well and are a nice community of their own.
One of the best parts of the school for us was the community aspect. The parent group was great. We still socialize even though our kids largely no longer attend the same schools. Because of the size of the school, you get to know parents very well and I think parents whose kids join the school at different stages also seem to be able to integrate quickly. Parents are able to attend a number of events such as a tea party, literacy day and regular family assemblies as well as particular assemblies to honour students such as birthday and star of the week. Parents are very welcome to be involved and have frequent opportunities to interact. Our 3 years were great and in addition to a top-rate education, the parent community was part of what made it great.