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The First Baptist Academy House System exists to provide an avenue to further the pillars of the Student Life Program: service, fellowship, and discipleship. The House System will also provide opportunities to further the FBA Portrait of a Graduate, particularly in forming Godly, productive leaders. 

What is a House System?

A House System is a common element used in the classical education model. A “House” is a group of students and faculty that are placed together in order to grow community within the school. Every student from 1st-12th grade is placed in one of four houses. They will belong to their house and will strive to build Christ-centered relationships with those in their house. Each house will work together to compete against the other houses in various extracurricular activities to ultimately win the House Cup. 

Why have a house system?

The FBA House System fulfills four primary purposes:

The FBA House System will work to fulfill the goals of Student Life: service, fellowship, and discipleship.

The FBA House System will create multiple formal student leadership opportunities. Students will be able to apply for house leadership positions such as prefect and assistant prefect. Informal leadership opportunities will increase as well with competitions in and between houses. Additionally, the FBA Leadership Team and teachers will have the opportunity to disciple student leaders who will be able to pour into their peers.

The FBA House System will provide a substantive merit system. The merit system seeks to build a culture of loving service and charity amongst the student body. At FBA, we seek not only to discourage what is bad but also to celebrate what is good. The House System that incorporates a merit system allows these celebrations that are tied to a year-long pursuit of each house to excel in opportunities given to them.

The FBA House System will assist in grouping students across grade levels in meaningful ways. This is accomplished through the division of students into houses that will pursue challenges and opportunities to excel together throughout the school year. 


What are the four houses?

The four houses are named after historical Christian figures who have substantially contributed to Christianity through different eras of church history.

House of Irenaeus - Irenaeus is a Church Father who served as Bishop of Lyon in the second century. He faithfully taught the Scriptures while also writing against false teachings.

House of Judson - Adoniram Judson is said to be the first Baptist international missionary from America in the early 19th century. He and his wife Ann model a godly marriage in their letters that have been published. Their ministry in Burma was characterized by hardship and faithfulness. His ministry and influence on Baptists in America is still evident today.

House of Wycliffe - John Wycliffe lived in England in the 14th century. His writings and Scripture translation contributed to the Reformation that came after him.

House of Luther - Martin Luther is almost synonymous with the Reformation. His “95 Theses” marked the dawning of the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther’s many written works influence many in our tradition even today.


What is the Point System?

Throughout the year, each house will work together to earn points through various competitions and activities, ultimately aiming to win the House Cup. Points can be earned in the following ways:

Good Samaritan Acts - Any FBA or FBC staff member can assign points for Good Samaritan Acts. Students can earn points for Good Samaritan Acts for going above and beyond what is expected of them; students should not earn points for behavior that they are already expected to exhibit. Good Samaritan Acts can be awarded with 5 points per act per student. Faculty members will type the name of the student, the date, and a short description of the act in the shared Google Form for approval by the Assistant Pastor to the Academy and the Director of Student Life. Faculty members should not only award points to members of their own House, but should consider the good deeds of all students.

Major Competitions - Major competitions will be decided by the Assistant Pastor and the Student Life Director. Major competitions will be worth 50 points. Prefects may make suggestions for implementation of major competitions.

Minor Competitions - Minor competitions will be decided by the Assistant Pastor and the Student Life Director. Minor competitions will take place throughout the year and will be worth 15 points. Prefects may make suggestions for implementation of minor competitions.