- House System
History of the House System
The House System was originally established as a home for boarding school students in British Commonwealth countries, where students of differing ages and talents lived together. Even when boarding schools decreased in availability, the house system continued to flourish and can be found in schools and colleges across the world.
In March 2007, the House System was introduced to Coram Deo Academy's High School. A group of 20 students met weekly and alongside faculty shaped the Coram Deo House System. After months of preparation, the first August House Retreat was held. The day began early, at 6 a.m. Students of varied interests and talents were separated into four houses and spent all-day transforming a centuries-old method of student organization into a distinctive CDA tradition by putting names, shields, colors and mottos to their houses. House Exemplars were chosen first by period- ancient, medieval, modern and American; then by type- theologian/philosopher, author/artist, inventor/scientist and political/military leader. The houses that resulted were the Houses of Homer, Lewis, Wallace and Wright.
In each house there are leaders, athletes, musicians, and artists. This System was put in place so that students are free to express the various gifting and talents God has given them. In each student is a leader and the House System provides the perfect opportunity for them to step out and step up. The House System was not made to "crown a winner" but to build community, relationships, and a voice for students in the presence of God.
In the second year after the House System's inception, House of Lewis President Elizabeth Wegendt addressed students on the past and future of the House System,
"I undeniably believe that the house system has made a positive impact and benefitted our school this year more than ever before in that it offers the opportunity for true leadership to those who want it. . . Our weekly house meetings and monthly assemblies prompted leadership, working together even under pressure, producing amazing musical talent, prayer groups and leadership skills. I challenge all of you, incoming freshman through incoming seniors to pick up the reigns where we have left off this year, and set high goals. . . Through this budding system your ambitions can be heard through perseverance and you too can leave YOUR mark and a lasting legacy for generations to come.
Margaret Mead, famous anthropologist and writer, hit the nail on the head when she stated: 'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has changed it.'
And that my friends, is a perfect description of the house system and what we will do at Coram Deo Academy under the presence of God."