The house system is historically rooted in academic institutions. During the Middle Ages, students who sought an education would reside in a house with their Master, devoting themselves to study. The Master not only taught, but also discipled his students. These academic gatherings eventually became the foundations of the marvelous universities of England and other European countries. In today’s modern schools, a “house” refers to a grouping of pupils into subunits from within the student body.
Haw River Christian Academy launched its house system in September 2014 with The House of Joseph (Psalm 119:90) and the House of Joshua (Joshua 24:15).
Initially, the house system will consist of students in 5th grade and up and may shift to grades 7th-12th once the school fully supports those grade levels. At that time, students in 5th or 6th grade who were already assigned a house shall continue participation in their house. A student is an active member of their house until they graduate. Graduates should be invited to special house or reunion events.
Over time, membership will consist of junior members (7th-9th Logic students), senior members (10th-12th Rhetoric students), and alumni (after 2018).
~ Siblings shall be assigned to the same house as their first inducted sibling.
As a small and growing school, the house system of Haw River Christian Academy initially exists to provide more social and spiritual connectedness among students. The foundation of this system will set forth a culture and rhythm for the school that will support its original goal as the school increases in size, when connectedness can become more challenged to strengthen.
The Houses of HRCA shall exist to exhibit a visible, enjoyable, and thriving extension of the school’s primary vision and mission.
- Decentralized – The house system should not be a mechanism of the school administration. It should involve freedom that complements and embraces the culture of the school set forth since the founding of the school.
- Mentors – House leaders may include faculty or parents of the school.
- Socially Robust – The houses must provide ways for social interaction during school and outside of school. It should encourage the students to build friendships and enjoy competition while demonstrating love and respect toward other houses.
- Genuinely Diverse – Each house is selectively chosen so that the membership is comprised of an optimal balance: range of ages (grade levels), gender, skills and abilities (academic, athletic, and social).