The House System


Armenian College and Philanthropic Academy has four ‘Houses’, named after famous Armenian Kings. They are Hayk House (Red), Tigran House (Blue), Trdat House (Green) and Levon House (Yellow).  The House System is a traditional feature of the school. In accordance to this system, the school is divided into subunits called ‘houses’ and each student is allocated to one house. The House system aims to give students an identity and sense of pride in a supportive and secure environment. The Houses provide for positive competition and a closer rapport between students and teachers. Each house functions under the guidance of experienced House Parents who help steer the students towards healthy competition and success.  This system also aims   to help the staff and the students adapt to the culture of Armenian College and Philanthropic Academy.

The Houses compete in a number of sporting, academic and cultural activities for points. The House system is an integral and vibrant part of the school’s culture. It is designed to reflect and enhance the values of ACPA.  The core values of self-development, intellectual empowerment and life-long learning within the diversity and strength of one’s own community is manifested through this system.


King Hayk is the legendary patriarch and founder of the Armenian nation. His story is told in the History attributed to Moses of Chorene (5th to 7th century). Moses gives Hayk’s genealogy as: Japhet, Goer, Tiras, Torgom, and his descendants as Armaneak, Aramais, Gegham, Harma, Aram, Ara Keghetzig. Hayk was also the founder of the Haykazuni dynasty. Some other Armenian princely houses – Khorkhoruni, Bznuni, Syuni, Vahevuni, Manavazian, Arran etc.- trace their genealogy back to Hayk. According to Juansher, Hayk was prince of the seven brothers and stood in service to the giant Nebrovt (Nebrovt) who first ruled the entire world as king.


Tigranes the Great, was a king of Armenia under whom the country became, for a short time, the strongest state in the Roman East. Tigranes was born around 140 BCE and was the son or nephew of either Artavasdes I or Tigranes I. Tigranes the Great represented the Artaxiad Royal House. He was married to Cleopatra, daughter of Mithridates VI of Pontus. He was involved in many battles during his reign. He fought battles against the Parthian, Seleucid empires and the Roman Republic.


King Tiridates III was a king of Armenia (286-330 CE), and is also known as Tiridates the Great. (Some scholars incorrectly refer to him as Tiridates IV because of the fact that Tiridates I of Armenia reigned twice.) In 301 CE, Tiridates proclaimed Christianity as the sole religion in Armenia, making the country the first Christian state in the world. Tiridates III was the son of Chosroes I of Armenia, The latter being assassinated in 287 CE by a Parthian agent named Anak under orders from Ardashir I. Anak was captured and executed along with most of his family, while two of his sons, one of whom was Saint Gregory,the Illuminator, were sheltered in Ceasaria. Being the only surviving heir to the throne, Tiridates was quickly taken away to Rome soon after his father’s assassination, while still an infant. He was educated in Rome and was well learned in languages and military tactics; in addition, he firmly understood and appreciated Roman law.


King Levon III was born either in 1287 CE or 1289 CE. He was the son of Thoros III of Armenia and Margaret de Lusignan, daughter of King Hugh III of Cypress. King Levon III married his cousin Agnes Maria de Lusignan. He co-reigned as King with his uncle Hetoum II from 1301 CE to 1307 CE in the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia. Between them they led the Armenian army in 1305 CE to smash the Manluk raiding force at Bagras. In August 1307 CE, King Levon III and his uncle Hetoum II were murdered with their companions whilst visiting the Mongol emir Bilarghu at Anazarva.

Approved by the Educational Committee of 2017

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