No Child Left Unknown: Building a Thriving House System

If you’re looking for a thriving student culture where students feel a sense of belonging and purpose, consider starting a house system. An intentional approach to sorting students across common interests, abilities, age and intellect helps a house system function as the best place for students to flourish. Engaging students in the process of developing the structure is essential, so we’ll discuss how Trinity’s students have helped with decisions and offered fresh perspective on still-developing traditions. We will also explain the mechanics of getting started and the weekly task of cultural maintenance.

Jane Houchin

Jane Houchin has her bachelor's degree from North Carolina State and a master's degree in education from Clemson University. Jane has taught at Trinity Academy of Raleigh since the school began in 1995. A er years of service as a chemistry teacher and Student Care Director, Jane transitioned into the role of Upper School Head in 2016.

Jonathan Horner

Jonathan received his bachelor's degree in history from Appalachian State University, and a master's degree in Christian Ethics from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been at Trinity Academy since 2008, where he teaches high school humanities and religious studies. Asked to lead the student culture in 2013, he founded the house system in 2014, and now co-leads the school's honor council.

Real Life Stories: Creating Rhetoric School Culture – House System and Honor Code

There are many factors which contribute to an upper school culture, most of which are out of our control. However, these two programs, if done well, can enhance the culture and put the impetus in the students’ hands. This seminar is for those who might be interested in started these programs or for those who wish to share what’s working or not working with their existing programs.

Rob Shelton

Rob Shelton is the Headmaster of Logic and Rhetoric at Geneva School of Boerne, and has been in his current position for four years. Before coming to Geneva, he served as a youth pastor for 22 years, 19 of which were in the same church; during which time he also taught as an adjunct in rhetoric at UT San Antonio. Rob has a BA and an MA in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio and an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Though he works in Boerne, Rob and his wife Kathleen, and their twin daughters resides in San Antonio. Rob sees his current role as a combination of all his experience that allows him to prepare the next generation of Christian leaders through the unique conduit of classical Christian education.