If it’s good enough for Harry Potter …

At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, students are assigned to a “house” — Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw — which will serve as a smaller community within the larger school. Robert J. O’Hara, who’s promoting the benefits of residential colleges on Collegiate Way, is researching middle and high schools that use a house system such as Chaminade Preparatory School in St. Louis and Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati. If you know about other U.S. middle or high schools with houses, e-mail him at rjohara at post dot harvard dot edu.

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  1. Thanks for the mention, Joanne. I’ve just found one recent citation that I’ve now requested a copy of:

    Green, Daniel G. 2006. Welcome to the house system. Educational Leadership 63(7): 64-67.

  2. Only U.S. schools? Mine was in India, and the houses were Pope (my house), Pettigrew, Pakenham-Walsh and Elphick.

  3. I’m interested in house systems anywhere, Ragnarok. Is there a web link to a page describing the system at your school? (I’ve found that there are a number of places that have been cited as having house systems, but an outside observer would have difficulty learning the details from the available online resources.)