- House System
The Four Pillars
The Four House Pillars
are the four principles that uphold the Coram Deo House System and its purpose of creating opportunities, developing strong school spirit and a positive sense of belonging. The pillars nourish the values of teamwork, cooperation and the opportunity to showcase the talents of individuals and to build strong citizens.
Exercising Self Government
is a principle inherent in the founding of this country. Just as the Founders created a republic built upon the self government of each individual Christian under God, CDA's House System gives students the opportunity to take ownership through self-governance of their respective Houses, their studies, their actions and interactions with others- so that they too may become educated and responsible citizens of His Kingdom, this nation and world."Men become citizens by living and acting as citizens under the tutelage of good laws and in an atmosphere of civic virtue."-John Stuart Mill
in the House System prepares students for a lifetime of leadership roles in family, church, school, business and government. The goal of CDA is to train ethical, charactered leaders and wise thinkers to shape culture for the glory of God. This system provides many formal and informal opportunities for each of our students to lead ethically based on wise decision and artful persuasion to nurture a school environment conducive to vigorous and joyful learning in the presence of God.
Fostering Honor and School Spirit
through the House System provides an environment where vigorous students learn, debate and play with zeal and honesty. School spirit at CDA blossoms through good natured competition between houses, activities such as pep rallies and house assemblies and especially through students living consistently as Christians in a fashion that brings honor to all others associated with Coram Deo. For a good "name is like oil poured forth."-Song of Solomon
Promoting Community Service
is the fourth pillar and the heart of the House System; leadership is worth nothing if a leader's heart is not turned towards service. Students are taught that service is passion put into action, so that they might be inspired to shape the culture we live in and to submit to the passions God gives them- as they can be the precursor to changing our world. Each house participates in a yearly service project such as Change to Lossen Chains, raising money for schools in Africa, collecting bulk food for Christian Community Action and selling candy grams to benefit Haiti relief efforts. In addition to house service projects, individual students can earn points for their houses by actively serving their community. As Anne Frank said, "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."