Naming the New Schools


​​​​​​​When new schools are being built many parents and community members wonder what the name of the new school in their community will be and how that name is chosen. At the CBE, the naming of a new school or a change in the name of an existing school is the responsibility of the Board of Trustees.

To select a school name, the Board of Trustees will organize a school naming committee. This committee includes the trustee for that community, a second trustee, CBE administration and school community representatives.

The school naming committee will engage with the community consistent with CBE's Dialogue Framework. That engagement must take place before a recommendation is made to the Board of Trustees.

Schools should be named:

  • for the community in which they are located; or 
  • for locations or events that show great Canadian historical significance; or 
  • ​after a Canadian individual of recognized stature, whose life work aligns with achievement of the CBE's Results, or who has demonstrated exemplary achievement of the CBE's mission and values; or 
  • names that reflect the diverse culture of The Calgary Board of Education; or
  • any other name that may be deemed appropriate by the Board of Trustees. 

The name should align with the Board's commitment or its legal responsibilities to promote a welcoming, caring, safe, respectful and inclusive learning environment. When naming a school after an individual, the use of the names of individuals who are deceased or who have retired will be considered first.

Prior to naming a school after an individual, that individual or immediate family will be requested to grant permission. 

Except for high schools, it will be the practice to exclude grade configurations as part of the school name recommendation(s).

The committee will then recommend a name for the school to the Board of Trustees. In most cases, the Board will approve a name six to eight months in a​dvance of the school opening.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please send them to corpsec@cbe.ab.ca.​ 


​March 15, 2022
Second Auburn Bay Middle School Naming Survey

The School Naming Committee for the new Auburn Bay middle school reviewed the results of the community survey conducted from Feb. 23 to March 1. We received more than 700 responses. Thank you to all those who participated!

Based on the comments and feedback received, a decision was made to survey the community again, providing two possible naming options. They include a community-based name and the name of an Indigenous person.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey by clicking on the following link: Auburn Bay Middle School Naming Survey

​​​​​​​​The survey will remain open until midnight on March 21, 2022. A decision on the name will be made soon. Thank you for participating!

Feb. 28, 2022

Skyview Ranch Community School Naming Survey

The Calgary Board of Education is currently building an elementary/middle school (Grades K-9) in the community of Skyview Ranch. A school naming committees has been set up to recommend names to the Board of Trustees. The committee has shortlisted three possible names and wants your input before making a recommendation to the Board.

Please complete the school naming survey online by midnight on March 7. A decision on the new school’s name will be made soon. Thank you for participating!

​Feb. 23, 2022

Auburn Bay School Naming Surveys

The Calgary Board of Education is currently building a second elementary school (Grades K-4) as well as a middle school (Grades 5-9) in the community of Auburn Bay. School naming committees were set up to recommend names to the Board of Trustees. In June 2021, the elementary naming committee collected survey responses on two possible naming options. After reviewing and considering the results of the initial survey, a decision was made to add a third naming option and to re-survey the community.

Please take a few minutes to complete both surveys by clicking on the following links:

​The surveys will remain open until midnight on Tuesday, March 1. Decisions on the names will be made soon. Thank you for participating!


 Contact Us

​Corporate Secretary's Office

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e | corpsec@cbe.ab.ca