The AFA House system] was born in the Spring of 2012. The House System groups our students in grades 7-12 into four unique Houses under the official leadership of two upperclassmen.
The first group of House Leaders decided on the theme of prominent cities of the classical era to reflect their hope of creating communal bonds around our unique vision, of transforming the “City of Man” into the “City of God,” to use St. Augustine’s phrase.
House Athens, Atlantis, Ilium, and Rome exist, then, for the following purposes:
- To expand student leadership, mentoring, and friendship opportunities across grade levels.
- To give every student a place where they know they belong and are accepted.
- To serve as an effective bridge between administration, staff and students, and to facilitate student ownership of Ad Fontes.
Life in your house will consist of several different components:
Once a week students eat lunch with their housemates in their designated house room. This is a time of build community through eating, fellowship, games, and house planning.
Chapel and Chapel Groups
Students attend our weekly chapel with their houses. After chapel, each house divides themselves by gender to discuss questions provided by the chapel speaker about his talk and the relevant Scripture. House leaders or other designated upperclassmen lead these discussions and the accompanying prayer time. We hope and trust that during this time students will deal honestly with both the questions and their own spiritual state, and form deeper bonds through shared times of prayer and encouragement.
The House Cup Competitions
Houses compete for the House Cup each year, which involves four different competitions designed to highlight different gifts and talents within the student body.
The Archimedes Experience
Our first competition of the year centers around engineering skills and building teamwork within each house.
The Feriae Artium
Students contribute sketches, paintings, sculptures, and photographs to make a wonderful one day art gallery for the school. At the end of the day, we have a house-wide Talent Show replete with musical and dramatic performances.
Our take on the 70’s game show has the houses compete in their knowledge of Ad Fontes classroom trivia.
The House Olympics
The final house event has competitions in soccer, dodge ball, and the grand finale, tug-of-war.Aside from these structured and formal events, each house has informal events and parties.
Houses plan multiple social events off campus through the school year.