Students, staff, and families continue to make plans for the upcoming school merger, where Alliance Academy and Elmhurst Community Prep will combine to form a new, larger, and better middle school. Before the holidays, the schools completed a three-month process to select a name for the newly constituted school.
First, staff from both schools met and engaged in a design process to identify the priorities and values they wanted to see in a new name. Staff identified their top three as: 1) historic; 2) connected to community; and 3) simple and direct. Students repeated the process in advisory and identified their top three: 1) historic; 2) connected to community; and 3) empowering. Staff and students had almost the identical priorities.
From there, the Design Team met and developed out three name choices, keeping the historic school name “Elmhurst” in all of the name choices. Student government and staff leaders planned a Town Hall assembly for both schools, sharing the three names the Design Team proposed as well as the additional name the Family Leadership Team brainstormed. Then everyone voted, and after the votes were counted, we had identified the new name for next school year: