Upper School Student Activities

In addition to athletics, Ad Fontes offers the following student activities:

House System
All students in Grades 7-12 are assigned to one of four houses: Athens, Atlantis, Ilium, and Rome. Each House has a House Head (rising Senior or Junior) who is nominated by their house and is elected by current senior House leaders. The House Heads elect a nominated Assistant House Head to help lead their house. The House leaders work closely with the faculty house leaders, Mr. Mathwin and Mrs. Smith. The Houses meet weekly for lunch and chapel groups, plan special events, and engage in quarterly competitions (in academics, arts, science and athletics) to win points for the House Cup.

Annual Student Retreat
In the Fall, students travel together on an overnight retreat to build unity and friendship within the school community, and to reflect on the walk with the Lord. Team building activities and group games are combined with devotional meetings led by faculty or special guests. In the evening, the student praise band leads music by a bonfire with a challenging biblical message by a speaker. This is a growing, encouraging time for students and faculty.

Weekly Chapel
Each Thursday, the Upper School gathers for a time of worship as a school community. Following announcements and prayer , the student praise band leads music. A faculty member or guest speaker then presents a biblical message and leads in prayer. This year’s chapel talks center around the attributes of God.

Protocol
Protocol is a high school activity geared to develop social graces and appreciation and enjoyment of arts and culture. Students participate in formal instruction in ballroom dancing and etiquette. In the Fall, students enjoy an evening with a formal dinner at a local restaurant and a dance. This is a highlight for the students each year.

Field Trips
Students participate in a variety of local, overnight and international trips to enhance their classroom studies. High school teachers will also bring students for discussions to the nearby Starbucks.

Student Events
Through the year, students plan formal and informal events for fun and fellowship. At the beginning of the school year, students gather for a back to school party to welcome new students that includes a bonfire with smores, cookout, volleyball and games. Spontaneous teenagers plan other events as a school community.

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