The house system had its beginnings in medieval academic institutions. In the early Middle Ages, students who desired an education would gather in a city where a Master Teacher was living. With this Master, they would share a house and devote themselves to study. The Master not only taught these students their academics, but also discipled them in their Christian walk. These gatherings of students were the foundations of the great universities of Europe. Today, the term “house” refers simply to groupings of students, with no buildings involved.
All students in Logic and Rhetoric Schools are assigned to one of four houses; Augustine, Athanasius, Aquinas, or Ambrose. Our house system is designed with several goals in mind.
First, the house system helps new students quickly assimilate, learn school culture, and develop friendships. Houses also expand the boundaries of fellowship across all grade lines. Students from grades seven through twelve are brought together in competition and work, enabling them to know one another in a variety of settings and circumstances. Because younger students often admire older students, the opportunities for leadership and discipleship are greatly increased.
Our houses compete academically and athletically and engage in community service projects. The “House of the Year” title is awarded each year. As the students compete and serve with one another, they are motivated to encourage one another to live well, study hard, and seek out opportunities for service.