5 Important Things to Keep In Mind When You Pick a Homeschool Name
Wondering if you need a homeschool name? Or how to pick out one that will best serve your family on your homeschooling journey?
Get tips and examples of homeschool name ideas to make your decision easier 🙂
Do You Need a Name for Your Homeschool?
Let’s get right to it: Do you actually need a name for your homeschool?
I’ve seen this question asked again and again in our Rock Your Homeschool! Facebook group. And I’ll respond here as I do there.
Not necessarily 😉
It is not a legal requirement to have a title or name. But, it can be a good idea to have one, just in case.
For example, you might need to add your name to:
- Homeschool I.D. card
- A form or document (like a homeschool affidavit)
- Homeschool high school diploma
- For field trips or family discounts
- Job applications
- College applications
You can more than likely get away with not having a name for your homeschooling adventures.
But, it can be a fun activity to pick out a name for your homeschool with your kids. You can chat about name options and even take a vote.
Make it a part of your lessons!
Plus, it’s pretty cool adding the name to your planner, binders, and other homeschool organization materials.
Things to Consider When Picking Out a Homeschool Name
Before you pick out a name for homeschooling, please keep these 5 things in mind:
1. Consider long-term
Sure, cutesy or silly is fun. And I’m all about the fun 🎉
A creative name or unique homeschool name is cool and all that.
But, do you want a name like 3 Glittery Unicorns School on your daughter’s homeschool high school diploma?
Yes, you can definitely change the name over the years. You may, however, want to pick a simple name and stick with it. If so, go with practical for an official name.
So, the first step is to consider the long-term as you find the right name for your homeschool.
2. Keep it simple
I recommend 2-5 words for the name. Any longer than that and it can be a tongue twister.
Plus, who wants to write or type all of that out?!?
3. Abbreviations or acronyms work!
Use the initials for the first names of all homeschool family members. Can you arrange them to make sense?
If I used the first letters for my boys’ names, we’d be SOSOX 🙂
Or if we used the first two letters and combined them, we’d get StOrSiOlXa. (That might be a good challenge to give my boys just for fun and when I need some time to get something done!)
4. Where and how will it be used
Again, will the name be on official documents or homeschool identification cards?
Would one of your kids be embarrassed to wear a “Pink Kitty School” identification card when you go on a homeschool co-op field trip?
5. It’s okay to think outside the box
If you’d rather not use your last name or any identifying factors, consider adding descriptors for where you live. For example, if your yard has 3 pine trees, your name could be “Pine Tree Academy” or “School of the Pines”.
Other cool ideas that I’ve seen is to choose a name based on a special book, hero, or event. I’m sure that my boys would LOVE to have our homeschool named Hogwarts 😉
Examples of Homeschool Names
Still stumped on a good homeschooling name?
Here’s a simple yet fun homeschool name generator that you can try. Then, make a list of homeschool names that you like and chat about the options with your kids.
One solution is to use a formula with your last name then School or Academy. Our name is Milcic Homeschool Academy. Short, simple, and to the point 🙂
Other descriptions (instead of school or homeschool) include:
Some homeschoolers include the name of their street, neighborhood, and residence.
Others may add Christian or Secular references for their homeschool’s name.
You may like a nature reference or something from a favorite Bible verse. You may find inspiration from your local public school or other type of traditional school.
If you have a specific goal or intention for your homeschool, you may want to consider adding it to your name. Or maybe you have a certain style of education or desire to encourage lifelong studies.
For example, some descriptive words with purpose included in names include:
It’s Your Turn! What Will You Name Your Homeschool?
If you’ve been worried about picking out the perfect name (or just a good name) for your home school, please take a deep breath and know it will come.
You can change your name if necessary. If you’re concerned that your name could be misconstrued or not taken seriously, go with simple and practical.
And when you do make your decision, please share your homeschool name in the comment section below. It’s so helpful to see what other homeschoolers have chosen for inspiration 🙂
Nice article – thanks : )
It is my understanding that naming your school IS a legal requirement in Kentucky. It might be required in other states, too.
Another idea: name your school for a favorite Saint – this is a school naming pattern already used by many traditional schools (Catholic, Episcopal, Orthodox, etc). We named our school for the Patron Saints of Education : )