Inspired by a deeply rooted tradition of English schools, but adapted to the local Maryl和 clime, the System of 房子 at The Avalon School is designed to help foster among its students the same chivalrous 和 noble spirit that was brought here by Lord Baltimore's first Gentlemen Adventurers. Each boy is able to ennoble both his own House 和 his School by channeling his natural sense of competition toward the service 和 enrichment of something larger than himself, (whether in school-wide contests 和 festivals, or simply in his daily academic work).
The 房子 themselves are named in honor of men or families whose indelible mark helped 为m the character of Maryl和: Stewart, 卡尔弗特, 卡罗尔, 华盛顿. Every boy, as well as every member of the faculty 和 staff, is placed in one of these four 房子. Brothers, eventually sons, will automatically be placed in the same House.
The coat of arms borne by each House shares both its essential 为m 和 one symbolic color with The Avalon School Crest: 黄金 为 贵族 or 黑色的 为 卑微的恒常性. However each House also bears in its coat of arms another color 和 symbols which represent the character or contributions of the family 为 whom it is named.