How does the House System Work?

Beginning in 7th grade, students are assigned to a House where they will remain a member until they graduate. Families are kept within the same House. Seniors are the de facto leaders of each of their Houses providing leadership, planning activities, and organizing service projects. Throughout the school year, the four houses participate in an ongoing competition with quarterly rewards which culminates in the House Cup.

The BCS House System exists to meet the following objectives:

  • Opportunity for interaction and community across grades
  • Leadership training
  • Mentorship by House Leaders
  • Sense of competitive fun and support
  • Community service
  • Increase participation in school events
  • Faculty guidance
  • Cultivate a sense of school pride

 

The Houses

The four houses are named after four great English authors who have had a significant influence on society and culture, and on classical, Christian education. Below are the details for each house:

House of Chesterton

House of Chesterton

Named for G.K. Chesterton
Faculty Advisors: Mrs. Shaeffer and Mr. Leach
Colors: Yellow and Blue
Mascot: Eagle
Motto: Fateamur data nobis

Quotation: “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

House of Sayers

House of Sayers

Named for Dorothy Sayers
Faculty Advisors: Mr. & Mrs. Collister
Colors: Red and Yellow
Mascot: Griffin
Motto: Ne timeamus at quaeramus optima

Quotation: “Here be dragons to be slain, here be rich rewards to gain; If we perish in the seeking, why, how small a thing is death!”

House of Lewis

House of Lewis

Named for C.S. Lewis
Faculty Advisors: Mr. & Mrs. Church
Colors: Purple and White
Mascot: Lion
Motto: Fac iustitiam. Dilige misericordiam. Humiliter ambula.

Quotation: “As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.”

House of Tolkien

House of Tolkien

Named for J.R.R. Tolkien
Faculty Advisors: Mr. Lewis & Mrs. McRoberts
Colors: Gold and Black
Mascot: Dragon
Motto: Consequamur viam

Quotation: “Roads go ever, ever on.”

 

House Competitions

Throughout the school year, the houses will compete in a unique competition every quarter as well as earn points for attending special events, academic performance, athletics participation, and good behavior.

Quarterly Points

Every quarter, houses will earn points for a variety of activities listed here:


Attending Special Events

Students who attend a specified event (Back to School Bash, concerts, sporting events) will receive points for their house. Not every event is eligible for points--these will be announced well ahead of time.


Program Participation

Students who participate in certain BCS programs like sports, choir, MACS competitions, etc. will earn points for their house. For athletics, the points will be awarded as follows: Fall Sports for 1st quarter; Winter Sports for 2nd quarter; Spring Sports for 3rd quarter. For year-long programs like choir, points will be awarded quarterly (but at a reduced fraction to be spread out). Houses who have low participation in these programs are able to “make up” the points by attending the relevant events in which their classmates are earning points by participating.


Conduct/Uniform

Each quarter, houses will be alloted a certain amount of points. For every conduct problem or uniform violation, points will be deducted from this allocation. Faculty will be responsible for reporting violations or conduct problems to the Headmaster for evaluation and deductions.


Academics

Students will earn points for their house for the first three quarters based on their quarter GPA.

 

Special Quarterly Competitions

Each quarter special competitions will be held to allow for houses to earn points:

First Quarter: Upper School Retreat

Second Quarter: Speech Meet

Third Quarter: Quiz Bowl

Fourth Quarter: Race for Education

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