6 Houses. All Irish.
At the heart of Father Ryan's student life is our House System, dedicated to developing peer-to-peer mentoring, leadership opportunities, and spiritual development. Since the House System's implementation in 2020, this tradition creates new ways for our students to be known and loved.
The House System tagline, "6 Houses. All Irish.," references each student's membership within one of six Houses (Elliston, Emerald, Immaculata, Norwood, Oak, Trinity); these Houses come together to form one Irish Community.
Each House is named after a significant part of Father Ryan's history. Father Ryan is built on a history of tradition, and our House System deepens and enriches this experience while providing opportunities for our students to develop new traditions.
Forming Student Leaders
Upon entering Father Ryan, students are placed in a House. Houses are separated into seven Mentor Groups, each consisting of 20-25 students from all grades and two to three faculty or staff Mentor Teachers. Mentor Groups meet every day and stay together throughout their four years, fostering strong relationships among peers and mentors.
Mallory Garland '24 | Emerald
"Coming to Father Ryan, I quickly found my place in this community. Participating in things like the House System has taught me leadership skills that will help me succeed in my future. My favorite part about being a student at Father Ryan is being encouraged to grow mentally, spiritually, and socially."
Luke Carroll '24 | Oak
"Father Ryan has made a difference in my life by improving my relationship with Christ every day. I’ve also had the opportunity to create strong friendships from the camaraderie between each grade, each House, and the entire House System. These relationships create a great atmosphere."
Kailey Nicholson '24 | Elliston
"I chose to attend Father Ryan because both my parents and my brother attended Father Ryan, and I wanted to continue that legacy. I have been challenged academically and socially to come out of my shell through the classroom environment and the House System."
House System Benefits
- Strengthens Father Ryan community
- Develops student leaders
- Creates meaningful relationships across grade levels
- Provides mentorship opportunities
- Engages students in campus life
- Establishes academic and personal accountability
- Cultivates school spirit and healthy competition
- Supports social and emotional growth
- Provides faith and service opportunities
- Strengthens Father Ryan traditions
Throughout the year, the House System fosters competive spirit as students strive to win the Irish Cup. Father Ryan's Irish Cup is awarded at the end of each year to the House that receives the most points from academic, athletic, artistic, and service events. Point opportunities includes House Games, Spirit Week, Canned Food Drive, Spelling Bee, Fishing Tournament, Video Game Tournament, and more.
2021-22 Irish Cup Champions: Elliston House