Houses & Connections

Middle school students will meet in a Connections group each week that consists of  approximately 10-15 students (gender and grade specific) led by a CVCA staff member. Connections groups meet weekly to discuss age-appropriate issues and get “connected” in a community. All middle school students participate in Connections.  

The CVCA house system is specifically designed to help students find a place of belonging, offer mentoring and leadership opportunities, and create school spirit. High school students are divided into four different houses and are part of the same house for the duration of their high school years. Additionally, houses are divided into smaller groups (or floors) that are gender specific. Houses or floors convene on a weekly basis. Houses have different traditions and compete throughout the course of the year for the coveted Royal Cup.

The House System

This year, CVCA began an exciting new program for our high schoolers. The CVCA House System is specifically designed to help students find a place of belonging, offer mentoring and leadership opportunities, and create school spirit. High school students are divided into four different houses and are part of the same house for the duration of their high school years.

The Douglass House
Named after abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The virtues of the Douglass House are Justice, Hope, and Truth.
The Elliot House
Named after Elisabeth Elliot, who exemplified devotion to God through her ministry of speaking, writing, and academics. The virtues of Elliot House are Sacrifice, Courage, and Trust.
The Lewis House
Named after C.S. Lewis, one of the 20th century’s most influential Christian thinkers and authors. The three virtues of the Lewis House are Wonder, Beauty, and Wisdom.
The Tozer House
Named after A.W. Tozer, a luminary theologian who pointed believers to examine God’s holiness and follow Him with zeal. The virtues of the Tozer House are Passion, Knowledge, and Devotion.

What are Connections Groups?

Instead of Houses, all middle school students meet in Connections groups that consist of approximately 10-15 students led by a CVCA staff member. Everyone knows that middle school is all about figuring out who you are and where you fit in. As middle schoolers wrestle with those questions, they often seek answers from those around them or those they are “connected” to. At CVCA, we are committed to helping students find healthy “connections” that will help shape and define who they are in the future. Not only do we want to surround students with encouraging and supporting adults they can trust, we also want to help them navigate healthy peer relationships that will last a lifetime.

Some of the ways we do this is with awesome teachers, coaches, club leaders, directors, etc. who are here to guide and support their students no matter what it is they decide to get involved in at school. Another way students can find a spot to belong is through Middle School Connections.

Connections are small groups that meet once a week with about ten students in the same grade and of the same gender. They are led by a faculty or staff member through Bible study, life discussions, prayer, games, and lots of other fun activities that help students connect to each other, their leader, and ultimately Jesus Christ. Middle schoolers are a social bunch, and relationships are very important to them. This is why at CVCA we want to be involved in helping students develop relationships in ways that are positive, offer them support and encouragement, and above all, honor God.

What are Connections Groups?

Instead of Houses, all middle school students meet in Connections groups that consist of approximately 10-15 students led by a CVCA staff member. Everyone knows that middle school is all about figuring out who you are and where you fit in. As middle schoolers wrestle with those questions, they often seek answers from those around them or those they are “connected” to. At CVCA, we are committed to helping students find healthy “connections” that will help shape and define who they are in the future. Not only do we want to surround students with encouraging and supporting adults they can trust, we also want to help them navigate healthy peer relationships that will last a lifetime.

Some of the ways we do this is with awesome teachers, coaches, club leaders, directors, etc. who are here to guide and support their students no matter what it is they decide to get involved in at school. Another way students can find a spot to belong is through Middle School Connections.

Connections are small groups that meet once a week with about ten students in the same grade and of the same gender. They are led by a faculty or staff member through Bible study, life discussions, prayer, games, and lots of other fun activities that help students connect to each other, their leader, and ultimately Jesus Christ. Middle schoolers are a social bunch, and relationships are very important to them. This is why at CVCA we want to be involved in helping students develop relationships in ways that are positive, offer them support and encouragement, and above all, honor God.

"What I love about my Connections experience is that I can talk about things I’m going through and my group is very caring and understanding. It turns out that most of them are also going through the same types of things in their lives."
Allison
Student