How to Name Your Homeschool

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How To Name Your Homeschool

Coming up with a name for your homeschool isn’t as easy as it sounds.

Some states require your homeschool to have a name and others do not. However there are benefits for naming your homeschool. Many companies offer discounts to homeschooler, but most will ask for the name of your school.

Some parents put a lot of thought into the name of their homeschool and personally I think that is a wise decision.

If you are planning to homeschool through high school, then keep in mind that this name will be used on college applications, scholarship applications and ultimately job applications.

Do you need some help coming up with a name for your homeschool?

Consider these five points:

1. Choose a name that is meaningful to your family. I have friends who use their street name in their homeschool name. Do you have a family motto or life verse that could be incorporated into your school name? Maybe a family name could be used?

2. Choose a name that sounds professional. My mom and I joke that our school name is Kitchen Table Elementary, but realistically speaking, we would never use this name. Remember, you are operating a school and you want people to take you seriously.

3. Along the same lines as the previous point, choose a name that will last through your homeschooling career. You wouldn’t want to put the word “elementary” in your name if you plan on using that same name through high school.

4. Make naming your homeschool into a fun, family activity. Let everyone share ideas and then vote on the favorite. You can also include school colors, motto and mascot into this activity.

5. Make sure you are satisfied with the name you choose! Some states will not allow you to change the name once it has been submitted. NC is one of those states, so we took extra caution in choosing our school name.

If you missed it during the homeschool quotes series last week, our homeschool is named Pathways Academy after the Robert Frost poem “The Road Not Taken”. We are choosing the road less traveled in hopes that it will truly make all the difference in the lives of our children.

What is the name of your homeschool and how did you choose this name?


Heather Bowen is the founder and owner of She and her husband live in North Carolina where they homeschool their two daughters. Heather is a former Labor & Delivery Nurse who traded in her scrubs and began blogging full-time in 2013. She is so glad you’re visiting her blog today and hopes to connect with you!


  1. Nanette G says:

    Thank you for this post. I have been trying to come up with a name for our school and I am awful at this process. My kids love 2 things. Rainbows and Butterflies. so we thought of something neat with those two but I would want to change it once were out of the preschool/elem period. so now I’m not sure. Thank you for your suggestions. I am going to have to put some more thought into this.

  2. We’re moving to NC in a few weeks and although I’ve homeschooled for 9 years, I’ve never named it! Ack, the pressure!!!

    • michelle cooke says:

      We are moving to NC next year (summertime) and need to come up with a name. I’ve always just used The Casa School but we really need something a little more professional sounding

  3. “Smith Classical Academy” our last name plus “Classical Academy” describes our style :-)

  4. Pamela Black says:

    We named ours at its conception a little over 3 years ago……Lookout Mountain Discovery Center…..where we journey to discover new adventures everyday!!!

  5. Priscilla says:

    Bulldog Meadows Academy. It’s not the most professional name, but we have English Bulldogs for pets and early on in our homeschooling, we were laying in the grass with the dogs doing schoolwork way down in our back yard “in the meadow” as we call it. I was still in the process of breaking the public school mindset from the kids as it was our first year homeschooling. I pointed out how wonderful our Bulldog Meadows Academy was as we laid in the dappled sunlight, listening to our bullies snore while we took pictures of mushrooms and worked on lap books on the blanket in the yard.

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