Students were first organized into “Houses” in the English university system, with the division of students into residences during the years 1250 to 1264 at Oxford University in England (after years of riots between university students and the surrounding town of Oxford!). The Houses were designed to provide academic and social organization and accountability. This method of organizing students has gained adherence over the centuries in colleges, secondary, and primary schools throughout the world. Several of our sister schools, Classical Christian schools, have utilized a modified House system here in this country.
FCA formed a House system for secondary students (grades 7-12) during the spring of 2009. The House system enhances the secondary student experience at FCA and serves the school in several ways by encouraging students to do their best in all things for the sake of the FCA community.
- Older students have the opportunity to develop servant leadership by mentoring and being invested in the lives of younger students.
- Collective rewards for Houses encourage self-discipline and academic diligence, motivating students to do their best in all things.
- Students are motivated to build a sense of community and esprit de corps by associating with others for the purpose of fun as well as service.
- Families are drawn together in smaller groupings which enrich communication and support within the FCA community.
Incoming 6th graders and students new to FCA are placed in a House based on the following guidelines:
- The eldest student in a family is placed in a House (the faculty tries to “even out” the number of students in each house and distribute students in each grade level among the Houses but sometimes this isn’t possible due to class size or siblings needing to be placed in a specific House)
- Incoming siblings of students already in a House will automatically be assigned to the same House as other siblings before them.
Meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday and 3rd Wednesday (12:30 – 1:40) of each month. Parents are welcome to attend.House meetings allow students to make connections with other House members as well as plan for activities and service opportunities (such as Walk-a-thon responsibilities, special lunch activity for December, plans for House activities for the semester, etc.) Individual Houses may organize events for the entire secondary student body (secondary cookout, Homecoming event) or just for their House (paintball competition, movie/popcorn night, etc.). Service projects are encouraged to help students see/fulfill needs beyond themselves.
Each House has two student leaders. At the end of each school year, each House will nominate and vote on the House leadership for the following school year (leadership is open to Freshmen through Seniors) . House Leaders participate in a Leadership Class and will earn academic elective credit for being successful/productive House leaders. Each Leader receives a House Leader polo designed in their House colors with their House logo imprinted which they are able to wear instead of a regulation uniform top.