House Program

The House system is designed to build a sense of belonging in an inclusive, caring, and supportive environment. Lower School faculty, staff, and students in all grades are sorted into five “houses,” where members build community with one another. The system includes sporting, academic, and artistic pursuits and promotes self-esteem, self-identity, belonging, and pride. Age is no barrier to collaboration: Younger students look up to older students and older students support the younger ones. Through shared goals, our house program promotes deeply meaningful relationships and connections.

Think Harry Potter without the magic. That’s how one staff member described the house program initiative that got underway at Gilman Lower School in the 2021-2022 school year.

Instead of Gryffindor and Hufflepuff, houses are named with Latin words that correspond with the “Gilman Five” — Honor, Integrity, Respect, Humility, and Excellence — words that comprise the code of ethical conduct at the School.