One of the major goals at St. Anthony is to create a sense of community on our campus and among our students, faculty, and parents. Similar to house systems at Harvard and Yale, the St. Anthony House system is an effective way to build stronger community spirit within our school. Through Houses, children not only develop closer friendships with students on their grade level, but they also develop significant relationships with children in all grades. Houses provide students the opportunity to develop stronger connections with members of the faculty who belong to the same House, thus allowing the House faculty to follow the progress of the students in their House through the grade levels. This leads to closer mentoring, less anonymity, and a stronger network of support for every child.
We have twelve Houses named after Catholic saints that students can learn from and emulate. Children in the same family will be in the same House. Houses are divided between the classroom groups at each grade. Children meet with their House on a regular basis. At the beginning of the year these meetings are to learn the names of others in the House and get to know one another. Other meetings and challenges throughout the year utilize the tenets set forth in the “Six Pillars of Character Education”.