American Academy for Girls operates a traditional house system that fosters teamwork, resilience, and sporting etiquette. There are four houses, which are named after influential and important women. These are:
- House of Malala: Yellow (named after Malala Yousafzai, is a Pakistani female education activist and the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Awarded when she was 17, she is the world's youngest Nobel Prize laureate, and the second Pakistani and the first Pashtun to receive a Nobel Prize)
- House of Zaha: Pink (named after Zaha Mohammad Hadid – she was an Iraqi-British architect, artist and designer, recognised as a major figure in architecture of the late-20th and early-21st centuries)
- House of Noura: Blue (named after Noura Al Matrooshi, an Emirati engineer and astronaut. She was selected in April 2021 to train with the NASA Astronaut Group 23 of astronauts to work as an international mission specialist)
- House of Jane: Green (named after Jane Goodall, a primatologist most known for her long-term study of wild chimpanzees in Tanzania. The Gombe chimp observation, which Jane began in 1960, is the world’s longest running continuous wildlife research project)
Every student is assigned to a house for the duration of their time at AAG with siblings also representing the same house. All school staff are also assigned to a house and remain in that house for their entire time at AAG.
Features Of The House System
Being a part of a house enhances each student’s sense of identity and belonging and creates a spirit of friendly collaboration and cooperation. This friendly rivalry is given ample opportunity to manifest itself in a wide-range of inter-house competitions and events across the whole school (from early years to high school).
Houses provide a mutually supportive and positive vertical structure whereby older students support and interact with younger students. A sense of pride and belonging is developed and enhanced through the House system. Fun and friendly competition, across both sporting and academic pursuits, brings out the very best in our children and serves to give every child the opportunity to contribute towards to his or her house, to the school and to the wider community.
House points are awarded on a daily basis and any member of staff may award house points. Points are given for: attendance, wearing house colours on Friday, high standards of work, consistent improvement, general helpfulness and manners, consistent positive behaviour or sustained effort.
Supporting The ‘AAG Values’
There is strong link between the House system and our aims in promoting the AAG Values. The AAG Values define the key attributes of an AAG student and encapsulate our aspirations for the whole school community.
All House points are recorded on a daily basis and count towards the AAG House Cup at the end of each term. These points are then further accumulated, to provide an overall score at the end of the academic year. Every quarter, we celebrate the winning house by rewarding them with an activity or a trip!
Head of House (a Grade 12 student)
Deputy Head of House (a Grade 10-11 student)
High School House Captains (Grades 9-12 students)
Head of Middle School (a Grade 8 student)
Middle School House Captains (Grade 6-8 students)
Head of Elementary (a Grade 5 student)
Elementary House Captains (Grades 1-5 students)
Within every division, we have house captains who have specific responsibilities such as Finance Captain, Media Captain, Health & Safety Captain, Wellbeing Captain, and Playground Captain.
The House System provides exciting opportunities for the development of leadership skills among our students.