In the fall of 2009, Bishop Loughlin became the first and only Catholic school in NYC with a House System of Student Governance.
Why the House System?
It Creates a Sense of Belonging
Finding your place in a large school can be difficult for some students. The House System helps each student find a place right away. Each student is automatically a member of one of 8 houses and of one of five families that make up the house. Families — 20 to 25 students from all grade levels and a teacher — meet weekly. This structure ensures that all students are part of the community.
It Fosters School Spirit
Competition motivates students and the House System uses competitions throughout the year to promote school spirit. Not only that, but there is also the competition to become House of the Year. Students are awarded points for academic achievement, exemplary character, and participation in school events. The House with the most points at the end of the year wins the House Cup.
It Provides Countless Leadership Opportunities for Students
The House System provides many more opportunities for leadership than the common form of student government. With the House System there are 40 student government representatives — 5 representatives per house: 2 Seniors, 1 Junior, 1 Sophomore, and 1 Freshman. In addition, a senior class president and vice president are elected to run the student government meetings. Strong leadership opportunities are also created when students implement their own ideas for competitions.
Some Facts about the House System
It's a tried and true system, that's existed for hundreds of years in top-tier schools throughout the world.
Students are members of the same house for all four years of their career at Loughlin.
Each House has its own motto, mascot, colors, banner and student-designed T-shirt.