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ERIC Number: EJ970006
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1097-9638
Fostering Community through the House System at Most Holy Trinity Catholic School
Brennan, Michael C.
Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, v15 n2 p325-356 Mar 2012
Most Holy Trinity Catholic School in Phoenix, Arizona, has experienced a decrease in student enrollment over the last decade, resulting in a reduction to a single class per grade across the PreK-8 community. Recent concerns have surfaced regarding student and teacher isolation, marginalization, and their effects on the broader relationships within the school community. To address these issues, school leaders implemented a house system in an effort to foster stronger communal relationships. This action research project used a survey design to gather quantitative and qualitative data to examine changes in stakeholder perceptions of community and Catholic identity after implementing the intervention. Results indicated that the implementation of the house system led to significant positive changes in stakeholders' perceptions of school community and Catholic identity. (Contains 2 tables.)
Boston College. Roche Center for Catholic Education, 25 Lawrence Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. Tel: 617-552-0701; Fax: 617-552-0579; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona