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The Houses of Live Oak

Historical Basis
The house system is a traditional method of dividing students within a school into different groups for the purposes of camaraderie and competition. This system is widely used in British schools and schools that model themselves after the British system. Houses traditionally were developed in boarding schools, where students actually ate, drank, and slept in individual houses during school terms. This system was adopted by day schools, where the term ‘house’ refers simply to groupings of pupils, though no particular buildings are involved. Houses are usually named after people of historical significance, saints, colors, or animals. Today, the house system exists largely for the purpose of competition. The traditional school sports day is usually an inter-house competition. Debating competitions and service projects are also often organized along inter-house lines. Merit points for behavior and academic achievement may also be totaled for comparison between houses.

Grammar Houses
The Grammar Houses of Live Oak Classical School are designed to encourage competition between students and to create a support system for our students by fostering a sense of belonging. Establishing a sense of tradition and providing more opportunity for leadership were also reasons for founding a House system. At Live Oak, students compete in academics, community service, sports, reading, character awards, and games to earn House points. Students are awarded House points for achievement, good behavior, attendance, and other accomplishments in their class. House points are tallied up at the end of each week and the running total is eagerly awaited by all students and announced during the assembly times. There is keen but good-natured rivalry among the four Houses to see who will win the House Awards each year.

Logic and Rhetoric Houses
The House System in the Logic and Rhetoric Schools is comprised of the Houses of Augustine, Dante, Lewis, and O’Connor: all great Christian thinkers and authors. Not only do these Houses represent an outlet for friendly competition, they also provide opportunities for students of multiple grade levels to interact for their mutual betterment and mentorship. Furthermore, the House system offers opportunity for student leadership and representation from each high school class as well as ample all school involvement.


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