As is the practice of many British schools, SJIS adopts a House system. The House system has proven to have many benefits, including:
The four houses - Aeris, Aqua, Ignis and Terra – are named after the four classical elements in Latin, which refer to the elements of air, water, fire and earth, which were thought to explain the nature and complexity of ALL matter and life.
The house system at SJIS also forms the basis of most of school life. Each student is placed in one of the four houses, and remains in it until graduation. Each house performs duties, takes part in competitions, celebrates accomplishments, and takes care of its members throughout the school year. These enable students to form a sense of family and belonging with their housemates.