The House System began in the Middle Ages when young adults would gather in a city where a Master Teacher lived. With this Master, they would literally share a house with other students and devote themselves to study. The Master not only taught academics, but also disciplined them in their Christian walk. These gatherings of students eventually became the foundation of the first universities of Europe. Today, the term “house” simply refers to groupings of students into subsets within the larger student body.
At CPLS, students are presented with their House affiliation at the start of 9th grade. The Houses serve as the government structure for the upper school encompassing grades 9th-12th. The House System provides opportunities for leadership, service, and relationships across grade lines.
House System Goals And Structure
- Houses provide an opportunity for interaction across grade lines to foster relationships and provide mentoring opportunities
- Houses complete community service projects both inside and outside the school
- Students develop experience to build leadership skills
- Houses provide a fun spirit of competition
- Houses cultivate school pride
Each House has its own mascot, colors, and a unique crest. The House Captain, together with the Junior House Captain, leads their house during the school year. Houses work together to plan activities for high school students. Fun competitions encourage student participation. House meetings are held every other Monday and are led by student leadership.
House officers are selected through an application process and appointed by a panel of faculty. Officers meet regularly with their faculty advisor for guidance and skill-building.
House Captain and Junior Captains Advisor: Melody Congdon
Community Service Coordinators Advisor: Beverly Keys
Historians Advisor: Elizabeth Smith
Chaplains Advisor: Craig Congdon
Communications Coordinators Advisor: Stacey Hickam
Each House is named for mythical flying creatures found within the Chronicles Of Narnia series.