The purpose of a house system is to foster a sense of competition in the school and give more purpose to events such as sports days and quizzes. Houses help to foster a sense of collective responsibility and make students feel there is a body to whom they feel loyal, and to foster a more disciplined environment in the school through peer pressure.
All students are randomly allocated to a house, and stay in this house throughout their years at the RISS. Each student receives a T-shirt representing their house which they are required to wear during House Events.
House Structure and Organisation
Each house has a staff member who functions as house mentor.
Each house has a student House Captain and House Vice-Captain. These are 11th grade students that their house elects. There is also a Junior House Captain. This is a 9th grade student elected to support the student house captain and vice-captain.
Each house holds a general meeting at the beginning of the school year to select the student leaders in each house. The appointment is for one year.
Epraise is the system used in school to award House points.