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Our Savior's House Tradition

Our Savior’s House Tradition

Our Savior Lutheran School takes pride in our traditional approach to education and our classical learning environment and curriculum. One way in which we promote unity and school spirit in a traditional way is through the House System. The House System is a legacy from old English classical schools, where students would be divided into different “houses” based on the student’s dormitory assignments.

OSL utilizes the House System as a way for our students to socialize with students in other grades, as a way for younger students to gain older student mentors, and as a way to encourage school spirit, participation, contribution to the community, and share in a little friendly, wholesome competition. OSL is not alone in utilizing the House System; many classical schools in America have continued this tradition, as it builds and strengthens the cultures of the schools. The House System connects students with each other beyond their grade level and immediate social circle. For younger students, it provides a connection with older students, creating opportunities to find a student mentor, and increases their sense of belonging within the school community. The House System is also an opportunity for younger students to be part of a “team” before they are old enough to participate in team sports at school. For older students, the House System provides opportunities to show leadership and encouragement to the younger students. 

The House System at OSL has four houses: Aquilae, Oculus, Rostrum, and Talonis. These House names are Latin terms for the features of an eagle, OSL’s mascot. Aquilae is the Latin word for wings, Oculus is the Latin word for eye, Rostrum is the Latin word for beak, and Talonis is the Latin word for talon. Once a student is assigned to a House, they remain in that House throughout their time at OSL, and family members are placed in the same House. 

The members of each House earn points for their respective Houses through a variety of activities throughout the school year, including participation in athletics, academic competitions, choir, band, attendance at sporting events, and other extra-curricular activities. The Houses also participate in team-building exercises and social activities through the school year, as well as community outreach and service opportunities. At the end of the school year, the House with the most points is awarded the House Cup, which is displayed in our trophy case. House activities take place at least monthly, and are eagerly anticipated by the students. We look forward to continuing this tradition at OSL.