CAN COMPETITION AND CAMARADERIE COEXIST? They do in Highlands Latin School’s house system.
In keeping with our mission statement, it is our desire to provide support and encouragement among our students in their pursuit of academic excellence and to develop opportunities for service and leadership within our school. One vehicle used at HLS to accomplish this goal with our Upper School students is the HLS house system.
ORIGINS & DESCRIPTION
The house system finds its origins in the British boarding schools and those modeled after them, where students actually ate, drank and slept in individual houses during the school term. Both competition and camaraderie existed among members of the houses as well as many memorable traditions that enhanced the school environment.
Some of the many benefits students derive from the house system are leadership opportunities, teamwork, service projects, friendly intramural sports competition and peer accountability for academic excellence.
On Thursdays, the Houses gather to compete for a tournament style activity or a House planning meeting where they talk about service projects or upcoming competitions between the Houses.
There are three House leadership positions at HLS. The Head of House is chosen by the faculty based on the level of maturity and responsibility each has displayed. He or she presides at the meetings and reports directly to the faculty. The House Tenant presides at the meetings and exists as the “right hand man” to the Head of House. The House Scribe is the guardian of clear communication between the House Leadership and the House Membership, other houses and the HLS student body.