The House System: Where Mentorship & Community Combine

  • The camaraderie of a boarding school. 
  • The accountability of a church small group. 
  • The competition of a sports league. 


House systems were developed in the Middle Ages, became foundational to the great universities of Western civilization, and has even been popularized in culture. Jesus modeled the type of life-on-life leadership that the House System makes possible.


In the House System at Providence Academy’s Upper School, Master Teachers are responsible for teaching students academic subjects and leading their development as disciples in Christian faith. Three houses compete for weekly points and in special competitions each trimester, with the cumulative winner earning the House Cup at the end of each academic year. 

House System Goals

    1. To assimilate new students into the Providence Academy campus life and culture.

    2. To provide Godly accountability on campus between students.

    3. To enable students to form bonds of fellowship around common interests and goals.

    4. To foster a love of learning and academic excellence.

    5. To inspire an integrated faith and vibrant walk with God.

    6. To more effectively serve the school and the community.

Our 3 Houses


Color : Red Burgundy and Gold

Virtue :  Courage

Symbols :  Tower and elk

Sword : Curtana, Sword of Mercy

Feast Day : Ansgar (801-865), Apostle of the North, Feb. 3


Color : Olive Green and Maroon

Virtue : Wisdom

Symbols : Olive tree and lamp

Sword : Hauteclaire, High and Neat

Feast Day : Bernard (778-842), Archbishop of Vienne, Jan. 23


Color : Classic Blue and Gray

Virtue : Loyalty (Faith)

Symbols : Horn and ivy

Sword : Durendal, Endurance

Feast Day : Martin (316/336-397), Bishop of Tours, Nov. 11

House Competitions


Students Love the
House System

House System Structure

House Masters — teachers in the school — supervise House activities, encourage the officers (the positions below) to complete their duties, and model a Christian walk before the students. The Master hosts House meetings and becomes the personal point of contact for students in the House, which includes being a main source of encouragement and mentorship for their success.

The Upper School Principal and Headmaster, with input from the House Masters, appoint two House Captains per house, usually juniors or seniors, to serve under the House Master. The Captains make sure all other members are conducting themselves in ways that befit a Paladin. They preside over meetings, serve as the spokesperson for the House, and model Godly character, leadership ability, and humility.

The Scribes are students responsible for the collection and distribution of data and for all records associated with their Houses. They take videos and photos, provide newsworthy events to the House Master, and tally all the points earned and lost each week for the House.

House Points

House points are earned through academic, artistics, and athletic excellence, as well as through virtuous behavior. Points are taken away from Houses due to tardiness, dress code violations, and poor behavior. The House with the most accumulated points at the end of each academic year is awarded the House Cup.

Points are awarded for:


Trimester Competitions

Fall Athletic Competition, Winter Music Competition, Spring Academic Competition, Poetry Competitions (Harvest Haiku, February Free Verse, Spring Sonnets).

Holger House Feast (2)

House Challenges

Trimester Impromptus, Anerriphtho Kybos Challenge, House Duels.

Coram Deo 11

Retreats & Festivals

Coram Deo Retreat Competition, Paladin Snow Fest.


Individual Points

Exceptional performance, chivalrous acts, exceptional leadership, exceptional service, and House duties, with various deductions possible based on a general consensus among full-time staff.

Feel at Home in the House System

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