The Westlake Academy House System encourages school and team spirit and is committed to enhancing student relationships while fostering and encouraging team building and a sense of belonging.
Westlake Academy has chosen to implement a House System with each student and faculty member assigned to a house named after persons who represent qualities important to and inherent in the Westlake Academy Mission Statement.
The house system encourages school and team spirit, integration, responsibility and a sense of community. Membership in a house is life-long. 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 events. All siblings will be assigned to the same house.
The House System organization and leadership team consists of a House Coordinator who reports to the Campus Coordinator. Each house has its own leadership team consisting of a House Captain, Service Captain, PYP Captain, a Faculty Liaison and a Parent Volunteer. The House Leadership Team member names are listed below each of the respective house banners which include the house name, house crest, house logo and house colors.
House Coordinator - J'acette Simcho
Campus Coordinator/PYP Principal - Rod Harding
The anvil is symbolic of the Blacksmith and represents strength & stability. Each of the four houses (Keller, Thoreau,Wheatley & Whitman) may earn the anvil honor based on team competitions & point accumulation.
House of Keller:
In 1882, at the age of two, Helen Keller became deaf and blind. Nevertheless, she learned to read, write and speak. She attended the most prestigious women’s university in the United States and became a spokeswoman for all people with disabilities. She represents determination, perseverance and passion. The color for Keller House is burgundy, the color of the heart.
House of Thoreau:
Henry David Thoreau was a writer, thinker and naturalist. He was one of the country’s first environmentalists. He represents a love of nature, independent thinking and standing up for one’s convictions. Khaki the color of the earth - is the color of Thoreau House.
House of Wheatley:
Sold into slavery at the age of seven, Phillis Wheatley nonetheless learned to read and write in English, Greek and Latin and published her first poem at the age of thirteen. She was the United States’ first African-American poet. She represents our search for spirituality and cultural diversity. Ethereal sky blue is the color of Wheatley House.
House of Whitman:
Father of free (unrhymed) verse, Walt Whitman was truly an innovator. His poetry exalts the democratic spirit and a love of a country. Navy blue the color of the wide expanse of ocean is Whitman House’s color.