Presumably due to the STEM and social justice focus of the school, I have found most Linden families to be engaged, intelligent and active in their individual communities. Linden girls live all over the city, so it takes an effort to hang out outside of school hours, and in my experience, everyone is happy to take the time to continue the friendships beyond the school walls. From taking part in the Women's March or attending the Science Rendezvous or just going for sushi, these are real bonds.
As a parent, I enjoy being part of the Linden community. "Linden people" tend to be well-rounded and socially responsible parents who are thoughtful advocates for their childrens' best interests. Parents are encouraged to bring their best to the school via volunteer work, guest-teaching classes, mentoring students, and contributing to LInden's strategic and academic planning. I really like being a "willing listener" at Linden's Science and Technology Fair, listening to a student's summary of their research project and results and asking questions about the "next steps" in the project. Socially, parents of a single grade-level sometimes also get together for an evening out or family potluck, which is a good way to get to know the people in the community. I've also met a lot of great parents at the winter Festival of Lights and the spring Music Nights and Art Shows. This isn't a community where parents compare their kids to one another and compete. At the year end Celebration to Greet the Summer, you'll find everyone cheering each grade twelve on as she makes her speech and tells us where she's headed.