I am forever grateful that my parents chose to send me to Clintonville Academy for the entirety of my elementary and middle school education. I can’t begin to name all the things that made it special, but I know its uniqueness is built on small class size, passionate teachers and a willingness to stray from the “typical” curriculum in favor of a more comprehensive education….In such an intimate environment, I was less likely to feel isolated or to be left behind. At Clintonville Academy I learned not only to be passionate about my own education but also to be compassionate. CA provided an unparalleled academic education and complemented it with an incredible holistic education: one that included learning about civic engagement, the environment, health and nutrition, and social justice. Put simply, CA educated me as a whole person, not just as an academic student. The things I learned there —to participate in class, to develop relationships with my teachers and other classmates —stayed with me as I continued on to bigger schools; they are what helped me get to Princeton and make the most of my education here.