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Penn-assisted School Naming

The Penn-assisted School Home and School Association, in keeping with the tradition of the School District of Philadelphia that the school community accepts the challenge of naming a new school, invites the Penn community to help give the school its permanent name.

Please submit your nomination in writing to the Penn-assisted School Planning Office, interoffice mailbox 4022, or by e-mail to by March 22, 2002. By late spring, after the parents and staff have voted for their top favorites, a committee of school, parent, student and Penn representatives will make a final recommendation to the District.

Submissions need to include justification for the nomination using the criteria listed below:

The type of school name should represent what is unique and special about the Penn-assisted School. This can be accomplished using either:

  • a significant person (deceased) (e.g. The Lucy Van Pelt School)
  • a place (e.g. The Salt Lake City School)
  • a symbolic metaphor (e.g. The Rainbow School)
  • some combination of the above (e.g. The Lucy Van Pelt Rainbow School)

Therefore, the name of the school should reflect as many of the following criteria as possible:

  • personal achievement by an individual or significance of a location or metaphor
  • particular significance to Philadelphia or West Philadelphia
  • the unique partnership among the University of Pennsylvania, the School District, and the community
  • the diversity of the community, student body and the staff

and finally:

  • the name should reflect, embody and advance the educational mission, vision and goals of the school to educate our children to be contributing and knowledgeable citizens of our community, Philadelphia, and the world.

For more information about the school, please visit:

-- Ann Kreidle, GSE

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 25, March 5, 2002


March 5, 2002
Volume 48 Number 25

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