The House system is the heart of the Providence Upper School culture.
When students left home to attend boarding schools or universities in England or early America, they were assigned to “houses” in which they lived, ate, and socialized. Faculty members were assigned to oversee house life and provide pastoral care to students. Senior level students and junior level students were put together to allow for mentorship.
Houses formed their own cultures with colors, mottos, and traditions. Later, athletic and academic competitions between houses emerged. Harvard, Yale, Rice, and other American universities, as well as many classical upper schools, still use houses today as a way to promote loyalty and learning within the school.
At Providence, we provide the house system as an opportunity for students to enjoy school as they grow in community, service, and leadership. Houses are smaller communities of fifth through twelfth grade students who socialize and serve within the larger school community.