The concept of the house goes beyond the scope of the homeroom for the sake of the attendance. It is where socialization and bonding take place among students. At HCAS, the house system encourages both school and team spirit. Houses are committed to enhancing student relationships while fostering and encouraging team spirit, and a sense of belonging together regardless of age or grade. HCAS has chosen to implement a house system with each student and teacher assigned to one of four houses named after the “four gods” of Chinese mythology as they represent qualities important to and inherent in the HCAS mission statement. While school and team spirit are promoted, the house system also encourages integration, responsibility and a sense of community among our students. Membership in a house is life-long in theory. Each student should be responsible for the well-being of fellow members and be proud to work for the betterment of the House. Houses will work together and compete in academic, sporting, service projects and other events
Students in grades 1-12 are assigned to one of our four houses – Green Dragons, White Tigers, Red Phoenixes, and Black Turtles. Within their house, teachers are assigned a group of seven to nine student mentees in grades 5-12. Students in grades 1-4 are mentored by either their homeroom teacher or another staff mentor. Though the program is focused primarily on students in Middle and Upper School, certain restrictions are still imposed at the moment due to the pandemic. Generally, the house curriculum offers a variety of activities for students that help build on various character components outlined in the 7 Cs. A critical element of the house program is for students to build lasting connections with peers and learning.