House System

Where A House Is A Home

When it comes to raising children, no model is better than the family. We try to replicate home life through our House System. All boarders live in a house in which houseparents and a “family" of 12-15 students create a second home. Most houseparents are faculty members. The houses include homey touches like porches, fireplaces, dogs, and faculty children longing to adopt big brothers and sisters.

Each house also includes the amenities for comfortable living. Students usually live in doubles. In addition to a beds, desk and plenty of space for clothes and personal items, each room contains two telephone lines and two Internet ports. The houses also have laundry facilities and a commons room with a television and microwave. All houses and rooms are air conditioned.

At some day/boarding schools the boarders feel left behind at the end of the day. Not at SAS. Day students seem to be on campus almost as much as the boarding students and frequently participate in weekend activities or school-sponsored trips. Each boarder is placed in a group with 8-10 students and matched with a Mountain Family (the family of a day student) for home-cooked dinners and outings. The students really appreciate the opportunity for a change of scenery. Boarding students are regularly invited to spend an evening or weekend off-campus with day friends and their families, and the invitation is often reversed for long weekends or breaks.

I had a wonderful opportunity to be the roommate of Beatriz Mora. She is from Costa Rica and on an exchange program. This is another thing that I love about our school, that you get to meet people from all of the world. Getting to know Beatriz and what it is like to live in a different country has been an amazing opportunity for me. ~ Taylor Kavanaugh '09, Georgia Tech '14

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