Changing Our Name to… The Franklin Academy
We are so excited to announce that we are changing our name to The Franklin Academy beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. This is to honor Benjamin Franklin and his many accomplishments in the fields of education, science and technology.
Why are we changing our name?
We want our name to be more closely aligned with who we are now and where we are heading. Benjamin Franklin was a pioneer in science and technology. As we move toward STEM accreditation we want a name that reflects that direction.
St. Paul’s Academy used to be connected to St. Paul’s Episcopal church. We separated from them many years ago. They now have a new school in the church basement and names are being confused in the community.
Our old name was confusing to people who were not familiar with our school. The most frequent response we get is, “Aren’t you that Catholic school?” While we are not abandoning our chapel program, we also want to let Whatcom County know that we welcome students of all religious backgrounds.
Although our name is changing, our top academics, core commitments, value system and sense of community will remain the same.
We look forward to sharing this new chapter in our history with all of you!
Gretchen Bucsko (Incoming Head of The Franklin Academy) and Dusty Gulleson (Board President)