The House System
The House System was another element of the Freire School that reflected the school's commitment to graduating scholars who are collegiate minded. The Freire School adopted a House System similar to that used at Harvard University, which divides students into multiple social units. Each House was presided over by a faculty member, known as the House Advisor. Senior students served as Tutors, or peer leaders, to freshmen in their respective houses and assist them in their acclimation to the school.
Each House had its own unique identity, as it had its own House symbol, colors, and crest, designed by the founding class. The four houses: Baker, Jones, Lloyd, and Taylor competed against one another in social, academic competitions, service learning, and school-wide activities for points and the "House Cup" each year.
The houses reflected the school’s diversity, and was made up of students of diverse academic abilities, age groups, racial backgrounds, and ethnicities. Teachers and staff members were also assigned to houses to encourage stronger relationships between the staff and students. At capacity, each house had approximately 80 students and 10 staff members.
House systems have been shown to decrease student suspension and bullying rates, improve school climate and culture, and increase academic achievement. Students participating in a house system provide one another with support and encouragement because they share a common bond. In the process, a greater sense of community was built within the school.