All Somerset teachers and students are members of one of the three Houses - Flaming Maples, Beavers and Yellow Lightning - and remain in the same House throughout their time at the school. Siblings are always placed in the same House, unless their parents specifically request otherwise.
The House system is aimed at building relationships which transcend grade boundaries, and encourage team spirit. Each term, one House organizes a community outreach project, aimed at raising either awareness or funds for a local charity. Recent projects have included tree planting in a local conservation area, visiting elderly residents of a seniors' home and organizing letter writing to an orphanage, collecting school supplies for children in underpriviledge countries, collecting pop tabs to help build wheelchairs, collectind used eye glasses and cell phones to help those in need to name a few.
The House system rewards extra effort in non-academic areas and House Points are tallied and reported to students on a weekly basis. Each term, there is a special Civi Day for the winning House, when students in that House may come to school in "civi" clothes. At the end of the year, the overall winning House is presented with the highly-contested House Cup.