Many states require you to name your homeschool when you register as a non-accredited private school. If you are feeling stumped (or even scared) about naming your homeschool, let me offer a few tips and unique ideas for making a name that will reflect your individuality as a family and carry your homeschool from Kindergarten to College!
Looking for a Creative School Name?
1. Choose a name that tells a story. What are your family roots? Where do you come from? What makes you you? Have you weathered a particularly rough storm? Is there a story in your past that deserves to be told in your homeschool name? Is there an ethnic or family tradition you would like to honor. Jot down some brainstorming ideas as you consider who your unique family is and what story you want your homeschool name to tell.
2. Use your family name in a unique way. Many people like to use their family surname in their homeschool name (i.e. Roberts Academy), but consider mixing it up a bit by combining names or adding in other words to put a creative spin on the typical name.
3. Search the Bible with a creative eye. The name of our homeschool is Heritage Arrows Homeschool. It comes from the same passage my blog name comes from – Psalm 127. It’s not a blatant Bible name, but rather switches around the words from a passage of Scripture that is dear to our family. For instance, “city on a hill” becomes Hilltop Homeschool, and Micah 6:8 becomes Humble Path Private School. A great way to do this is to consider your favorite Bible verse, and then look up words from that verse in the thesaurus to give you synonyms that work well as a school name.
4. Use traditional “school” words thoughtfully. Academy is the most often used “school” word to add to a homeschool name, but you don’t have to use that particular word. We chose to use “homeschool” in our school name because we didn’t want to hide the fact that we were homeschooling.
5. Look at Latin words. Try choosing a meaningful word for your family and looking up the Latin for that word as a basis for your school name, or you could choose a Latin phrase like ex animo (“from the heart”) and then add one of the school words above to the end of it. Giving your school a Latin flair often makes it sound quite educational!
6. Look for unique adjectives. Again, grab your thesaurus and look up all sorts of “ordinary” adjectives, and see what pops up that suits your family. Add it to a noun and you suddenly have a great homeschool name!
7. Use nature words. I personally love nature words, so I am very drawn to homeschool names that include plants or animals or other nature words in their name. Look out your window for ideas! Cedarwood, Green Meadow, Mulberry, Clover, Thistle, Sparrow, and the list goes on!
8. Look in books for ideas. You could name your homeschool Cair Paravel after the Narnia books or Hundred Acre Institute after Winnie the Pooh. You could choose a favorite character as the basis of a school name or even a favorite author.
9. Use an acronym, but don’t be cutesy. You may really like the idea of naming your homeschool Little Ones’ Village of Education and calling it the LOVE school, but think twice. Cutesy is, well…cute, and while cute has it’s place, your homeschool name may not be the best place for cute. If the acronym makes sense and looks nice, go for it, but always consider my final recommendation…
10. Look at your school name on a transcript, t-shirt, diploma, letterhead, etc. and make sure it looks legitimate. Never forget that whatever you name your homeschool will one day be the name you put on your child’s diploma and high school transcript. When we only have little ones, we sometimes forget to consider what they will think about graduating from a high school named Sparkles of Joy Academy, but it’s important we consider the end in our beginnings. Your homeschool name needs to sound more like a legitimate educational institution than a daycare center. You want people to take your homeschool seriously, and you want your children to be able to say where they graduated from without grimacing.
Ultimately, what you name your homeschool is a very personal decision, and should reflect the personalities and preferences of the people within your family. And while choosing a homeschool name is a daunting and important task, we must always remember that you can go back and change the name of your homeschool at a later date if you have a temporary lapse in judgement and name your homeschool something utterly appalling. (However, you might want to check your state’s laws just in case utterly appalling homeschool names aren’t reversible!)