FOUR ROYAL HOUSES: ONE ETERNAL KING
To help build the family atmosphere as students grow in knowledge and wisdom, ACA borrows from a tradition long used in the boarding schools of Europe and divides the students in the Schools of Dialectic and Rhetoric into Houses.
Although the students do not actually “house” on campus, this allows every student the opportunity to belong to a smaller group and to enjoy some personal one-on-one contact with their staff House sponsor in a way that is not related to class time. The mixing of students from grades six through twelve affords an opportunity for older students to mentor the younger and the younger students to learn from the older. The four Houses are named for traditional medieval characters:
Dragon House represents protectors, valiant defenders of truth.
Falcon House represents eagerness to serve and enthusiasm.
Griffin House represents faithfulness, endurance, and virtue.
Pegasus House represents compassion and sincerity.
The Houses compete with each other in four areas: academics, character, games, and community service. Points are tallied weekly, and the House with the highest number of points at the end of each quarter is declared the House of Honor and given an off-campus lunch. Three of the Houses also have areas of the school campus they clean daily. The House of Honor does not clean, but assigns and supervises the cleaning done by the other Houses. House competitions include quiz bowls and House challenges (in everything from pogo stick to chess and basketball to bake-offs). The Houses compete regularly in Grailball, which is a House game invented by ACA alumna Lauren Post. The unique game is played outdoors and requires skill and physical endurance.
As the students grow in their Houses, they build on the traditions and bring new and exciting ideas to the school, while at the same time building the kind of close relationships that help us communicate the truths of the Christian life to each other. It is as the shield above the House banners in our chapel reads, “Four Royal Houses: One Eternal King”.