On May 13, 2011, St. John XXIII instituted a house system for the student body. Common among European and East Coast schools, the house system at St. John XXIII is the first of its kind at any Catholic high school in Texas. The house system promotes school spirit, fellowship, spirituality, and academic achievement.
Each House is awarded points throughout the year. At the end of each year, a single house is awarded the Roncalli Cup in honor of our patron, Pope St. John XXIII.
The five houses of St. John XXIII College Preparatory are Aquinas House, Borromeo House, Lisieux House, Loreto House, and Neri House.
The House System seeks to instill St. John’s unique charism, the Four Pillars:
- Learning to Trust the Voice of God
As we come to know what God’s voice sounds like in Holy Scripture and the teaching of the Church, we are able to hear God’s voice everywhere and discern His calling for our lives.
- Experiencing God’s Peace Through Liturgy
We experience wholeness within ourselves when we encounter God’s grace in the Sacraments - particularly the Mass - and when we see Him at work all around us in the symbols of our faith, the seasons of the Church year, and the lives of the patron saints of our Houses.Virtus
- Character leading to virtuous action
The more we learn what goodness actually is - through excellence in academics, athletics, and service - the more we develop habits of virtue that allow us to lead happy, holy lives.
Renovatio - Renewing the Church and the World
A broad and diverse education, grounded in Catholic social teaching, prepares us to become leaders in our communities, engaging with the problems of the modern world and striving for justice, mutual understanding among peoples, and the protection of human dignity.