For nearly 100 years, Father Ryan High School has been forming lives of excellence in the Catholic tradition. In 2019, the school launched its new strategic plan, which inspired us to think about the next 100 years.
The plan challenged us to think about how we educate students during a time of formation and change. It also challenged us to deepen the Father Ryan experience and enhance meaningful relationships through a culture of engagement and involvement.
We asked ourselves: How will Father Ryan develop spiritual servant-leaders with a global view and a thirst for inquiry, creativity, and problem-solving, while challenging students to reach their full potential, in a way that doesn’t simply focus on GPA or achievements on the field?
To answer this question, we searched high and low. A single model emerged, one used at more than 50 Catholic high schools. One that provides a safe environment that allows students to explore, develop and navigate experiences that will shape their future. One where students will be known, and they will be loved.
What’s the answer? The House System.