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What is the House System?


Every House a Home…In Every Home – A Hawk

Our innovative House System is a hallmark program for Bishop Hartley High School. The creation of the program began when a team of Hartley administrators, faculty and staff led the charge to create an environment where every student felt at home. They wanted to ensure all students had a support system, healthy peer relationships, people to turn to with questions, great adult role models, and a place to be themselves. That effort led to the creation of Bishop Hartley’s House System. Every house contains members of the faculty and staff to mentor and provide pastoral care to all our students. In each of the six houses, there are approximately 120 students. Split into six mentor groups (five students from each grade for a total of 20 students per mentor group), students meet with their mentor teacher/group every day.

The primary purposes of the House System are to further the mission of the school by providing greater pastoral care to all our students, training and guiding our students to become leaders, and strengthening our sense of community. Each student is assigned to one of six houses. Our House System assures thatall students are embraced in the “Hartley Family Spirit” while recognizing them for their individual gifts and talents. Our program enables us to strengthen the partnership of school, student, and parent in the development of each child who walks through the doors of Bishop Hartley. No matter what house a student belongs to, we are all Hawks committed to furthering the mission of Christ both in our community and in the world.

At Hartley, we believe it is imperative for students to gain not only knowledge in high school but also real world skills to be successful.  We expect students to use their education and make an impact. One of the most critical skills is leadership. With the House System’s focus on developing leaders, the House Program was expanded in 2014 to include a unique leadership curriculum.  Bishop Hartley is the only school in the Diocese to offer an approved leadership curriculum for which students earn graduation credit.

Bishop Hartley High School

1285 Zettler Road, Columbus, Ohio 43227

Main Office

Fax: 614.237.3809


Heather Rush
614.237.5421 ext. 10622

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Mike Rahe
614.237.5421 ext. 10610


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614.237.5421 ext. 10625


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614.237.5421 ext. 10630

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