Academy House System

The Academy House system is designed to provide the “community climate” and organizational structure that foster healthy relationships, community spirit, and personal well-being. The system assists in establishing character before career, wisdom beyond scholarship, service before self, and participation as a way of life. The Academy House system helps make soil fertile for students to receive and experience the school’s worldview focus, giving children support and connections to walk in truth.

The Academy House system also provides mentor relationships between faculty and students as well as older students with younger students. The Academy House System serves to further the mission of NLK Academy: providing Upper School students with opportunities for mentorship, teaching principles of servant leadership, and fostering community in order to build Christ-like fellowship and enhance school spirit.

Avul Pakir Jainelabdeen Abdul Kalam was the 11th President of the country from 2002 and 2007 and is also popularly known as the 'Missile Man' of India. Born in a poor family in Tamil Nadu's Rameswaram, Kalam went on to study physics and aerospace engineering and worked with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). He also played a role in 1998 Pokhran-II tests under the leadership of Atar Bihar Vajpayee. Abdul Kalam was felicitated with a Padma Bhushan in 1981, Padma Vibhushan in 1990 and then received India's highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna in 1997. He is also known for a humble and respectful attitude towards people and was called the 'People's President'. After the end of his tenure as President of the country, he went back to delivering lectures to students and writing. He died after suffering cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture at Indian Institute of Management Shillong on July, 27, 2015. He was buried in his hometown Rameswaram with full state honours.

NAMESAKE : Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
WHY : Sky was a dear companion to the leader and water was his mission (as mentioned in one of his poems), thus blue is best suited for Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
HOUSE TRAITS : Leadership, Spiritual and Determined.
HOUSE MOTTO : Dream, believe, achieve together.
HOUSE QUOTE : “Dream, dream, dream. Dreams transform into thoughts and thoughts result in actions.” - APJ Abdul Kalam

Known as one of the most prominent figures in India's struggle for freedom from British rule, Sarojini Naidu was a political activist and a poet. Her work as a poet earned the name of "Nightingale of India". Born in a Bengali family in Hyderabad on February 13, 1879, Sarojini Naidu was drawn towards Indian National Congress' movement to liberate India from colonial rule. With this, she became a follower of Mahatma Gandhi and his ideas of swaraj. In 1925, Sarojini Naidu was appointed as the President of the Indian National Congress.
Following India's independence from the British rule in 1947, Sarojini Naidu was appointed as the governor of the United Provinces, today known as Uttar Pradesh today, making her India's first woman governor. Apart from her staunch political career, Sarojini Naidu is widely known for her poetry which included both children's poems and others written on more serious themes including patriotism, romance, and tragedy. To honour Sarojini Naidu, Asteroid 5647 Sarojininaidu, discovered by Eleanor Helin at Palomar Observatory in 1990, was named in her memory. She was also listed among "150 Leading Women" list by the University of London to mark the 150 years since women gained access to higher education in the United Kingdom in 2018.

NAMESAKE : Sarojini Naidu.
WHY : Sarojini Naidu's poetry is undoubtedly poetry of nature. Her response to Nature is the response of man in his infancy, who looked at nature, was fascinated with her sights and sounds, with her colors and odors, and is also struck with awe by her grandeur and her mystery. Thus, the color green is best suited for the leader as green is the color of nature.
HOUSE TRAITS : Inspirational, devotion and agreeableness
HOUSE MOTTO : Be respectful, be responsible, shine on.
HOUSE QUOTE : “We want deeper sincerity of motive, a greater courage in speech and earnestness in action”. -Sarojini Naidu

Subhash Chandra Bose or Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, as he is fondly known as, is one of the most revered freedom fighters of India. Born in Cuttack (city in Odisha), Bose was one of the brightest students since his school days. Since his young days, he was highly influenced by Vivekananda's teachings and considered him as his spiritual Guru.
Bose was active with the radical wing of Indian National Congress during his young days. His nationalistic temperament first came to light when he was expelled from Presidency College for assaulting Professor Oaten for anti-national comments.
Bose’s ideologies were highly contradictory to that of Mahatma Gandhi, who was highly popular among masses. While Bose stood for self-governance, even if it meant the use of force against the British, Gandhi emphasized on non-violent means.

NAMESAKE : Subhash Chandra Bose
WHY : A little off Shashi Bhushan De Street in Bowbazar, Kolkata is a three-storey yellow building. The Santi Institute is an iconic library that has celebrated its centenary recently and was regularly visited by Subhash Chandra Bose.
HOUSE TRAITS : Truthfulness, perseverance and assertiveness
HOUSE MOTTO : Essential. Limitless Potential
HOUSE QUOTE : One individual may die for an idea, but that idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives. -Subhash Chandra Bose

Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of Gitanjali and its "profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse", he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. Tagore's poetic songs were viewed as spiritual and mercurial; however, his "elegant prose and magical poetry" remain largely unknown outside Bengal. A Pirali Brahmin from Calcutta with ancestral gentry roots in Jessore, Tagore wrote poetry as an eight-year-old. At the age of sixteen, he released his first substantial poems under the pseudonym Bhanusimha, which were seized upon by literary authorities as long-lost classics. By 1877 he graduated to his first short stories and dramas, published under his real name.

NAMESAKE : Rabindranath Tagore
WHY : Red Oleanders is one of the sixty plays by Asia’s first Noble Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The play written in 1923-24, was begun during a visit to Shillong, Assam and was inspired by the image of a red oleander plant crushed to pieces of discarded iron that Tagore had come across while walking. Thus, red colour is best suited to the leader.
HOUSE TRAITS : Fearless, perfectionist and versatile.
HOUSE MOTTO : Striving towards excellence with humility in our hearts.
HOUSE QUOTE : “You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water”. - Rabindranath Tagore