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The Four Houses at Veritas Academy

Augustine. Bonhoeffer. Francis. Müller.

The house system is not an innovative new thing that we thought up, nor did it start with Harry Potter. This has been done in English schools for centuries and is currently a thriving part of classical schools across the United States and even in Ivy League schools like Harvard and Yale. Though it seems to be a divisive element at first glance (dividing our one school into four houses), it has proven to be a unifying element of our school. 

The house system is an on-going competition within the school that builds community, breaks down cliques, provides every student an instant place of belonging, and is just plain old fun. Since houses are not grade-specific, they also serve to increase the interaction between students of different grades.

Each house sends members to two different leadership bodies within the Student Congress. The two leadership bodies are Ambassadors and House Leaders. One underclassman from each house is appointed to serve on each of the following Ambassador teams: the Events Team, the Ministry Coordinators, the Service Team, and the Spirit Team. Three seniors from each house are elected to House Leadership, serving as the house Reliquarian, Baron, and Prefect. Ask a StuCon ambassador at the next Open House what serving in this capacity looks like!



The Augustinian House

The House of St. Augustine of Hippo, commonly known as the Augustinian House, values friendship, humility, and honesty.
Colors | Fire (red) - a symbol of courage; Ash (gray) - a phoenix rises from the ashes, also symbolizes humility.
Animal | The phoenix is symbolic of hope, rebirth, and renewal, a process central in the figure of Aurelius Augustinus.
Cross | The coptic cross was common in the region of North Africa where St. Augustine lived.
Coat of Arms | The coat of arms is a phoenix displayed on a shield divided per pale under the coptic cross.
Major Victories
  • House Cup Champions - 2013, 2016, 2017
  • Homecoming Week - 2013
  • SR Retreat - 2019
  • Defender Pretender - 2012, 2013, 2017


The House of Bonhoeffer

The House of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, commonly known as the House of Bonhoeffer, values courage, fellowship, and sacrifice.
Colors | Thistle (Purple) - the color stands for justice, the flower for standing up for what is right; Bone (Cream) - the color stands for unity, bone reminds us of our mortality.
Animal | The gryphon signifies strength, vigilance, and endurance.
Cross | The patriarchal cross is much like the typical Christian cross, however it has an extra horizontal beam.  This extra beam represents the balance of justice.
Coat of Arms | The coat of arms is a gryphon rampant on a quartered field under the patriarchal cross.
Major Victories
  • House Cup Champions - 2012
  • SR Retreat - 2011, 2013, 2016
  • Defender Pretender - 2015, 2016



The Franciscan House

The House of Saint Francis of Assisi, commonly known as the Franciscan House, values purity, integrity, and compassion
Colors | Sky (Light Blue) - symbolizes peace and purity; Earth (Brown) - symbolizes simplicity and the willingness to meet the needs of others through charity.
Animal | The wolf, a known consort of Francis, is symbolic of the rewards of perserverance, prudence, and justice.
Cross | The tau was the personal cross and signature of Saint Francis. The Greek letter was a common symbol of the crucifix.
Coat of Arms | The coat of arms is a wolf statant on a checkered field under the tau.
Major Victories
  • House Cup Champions - 2014, 2019
  • Homecoming - 2015, 2016
  • Defender Pretender - 2014, 2019


The House of Müller

The House of George Müller, commonly known as the House of Müller, values faith, charity, and mercy.
ColorsForrest (Green) - symbolizes generosity; Gold (Yellow) - symbolizes hope.
Animal | The stag is symbolic of one who loves fortitude, temperance, and peace, but is deadly if provoked.
Cross | The chi rho is formed by superimposing the first two greek capital letters of Christ's name.  The cross was used throughout history as a mark of Christian faith, and most notably on signet rings found in Britain, the location of George Müller's orphanages.
Coat of Arms | The coat of arms is a stag at bay on a paly of five, under the chi rho.
Major Victories
  • House Cup Champions - 2015
  • Homecoming Week - 2012, 2014, 2017, 2018
  • SR Retreat - 2012, 2015



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last updated 02/07/2022