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Character/School Culture

Highlands Latin School Code of Conduct
  1. We cheerfully and promptly obey the authority under which we are placed.
  2. We may appeal respectfully and courteously. We do not argue or negotiate.
  3. We love and honor one another.
  4. We give encouragement to each other.
  5. We do not point out the shortcomings of others in order to build ourselves up.
  6. We tell the truth.
  7. We do not disrespect the classroom and teacher by passing notes or otherwise interrupting.
  8. We do not spread rumors or gossip.
  9. We will not make excuses for our wrong actions, but will admit them.
  10. We avoid cliques, clubs, or games that exclude others.
  11. When others are sorry, we forgive them.
  12. When others are sad, we comfort them.
  13. When we have work to do, we do it without complaining.
  14. If we make a mess, we clean it up.
  15. We treat one another with respect and patience.

House System
Upper School (7-12th House System)
Can competition and camaraderie coexist?
They do in Highlands Latin School’s house system.

The HLS House System
At first it may seem that competition and camaraderie are at odds, and sometimes they probably are. But in Highlands Latin School’s house system, they seem to go together quite well.

A traditional fixture of many British schools, the “house” system has enabled Highlands to accomplish a number of goals that can be elusive for many schools.


The Origins of the “House” System

The house system is widely used in British schools and schools that model themselves after the British system in countries with past British colonial ties, such as Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, and Singapore. The system began in boarding schools, where students actually ate, drank, and slept in individual houses during school terms. The house system still operates this way in prestigious British boarding schools, such as Harrow, Eton, and Winchester College.

There are numerous benefits schools have traditionally seen in using the house system. According to its website, Harrow International School Bangkok, Thailand, considers its house system the “heart of the Secondary School.” “It is designed to encourage and increase competition between students and to create a supportive environment.”


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