Naming an online school

Have you ever named a  school?  We are now in the process of naming the online charter school in the Clovis Unified School District in Central California.  The naming committee had their first meeting yesterday.  The naming guidance provided to the committee included the district Board policy for naming facilities which suggests that the name could be the name of a person, place or theme.  Additionally, the committee learned about naming ideas based on the book, Made to Stick and the website, Eat My Words.

Some of the ideas submitted as suggestions for naming the school are as follows:

  • Clovis High Tech High
  • Clovis Net
  • Clovis ONliNe Educational CenTer (CONNECT)
  • Teaching Academics Online (TAO)
  • Wireless Teachers Teaching Students
  • Clovis Charter
  • Ansel Adams Charter School
  • Clovis Learning Online Charter School (CLOCS)
  • Technology Education Learning Online Charter of Clovis (TELOCC)
  • CONTACT – Clovis Online Network, Teaching Alternative Curriculum Together
  • Super Val e-High
  • iCARE (Clovis Academy for Reaching Everyone)
  • Pioneer Online High School

What do you think?  Any suggestions in how to select a name for an online charter school that will serve students throughout the region?


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10 Responses to “Naming an online school”


  1. 1 Doug Johnson April 21, 2009 at 3:17 am

    Rob,

    Our last new school name was selected by the students themselves. After researching the area on which the school was to be built, it was named “Dakota Meadows” – a tribute to the native Americans who lived there and the original land.

    Just a thought,

    Doug

  2. 2 Tom Nixon April 26, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    I think part of it depends on your goal. If your goal is to only serve Clovis students, then a name with Clovis in it is just fine. That being said, if your goal is to be a more regional online high school, then choosing something that denotes that seems a better way to go.

    Why? Because no matter how clear you make it in your materials that you are open to folks outside of Clovis Unified, the name will be interpreted by many teens (and their parents) otherwise.

    Tom Nixon

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