The new school set to open next year in west Natomas will be called Paso Verde, meaning green path or step in Spanish.
The Natomas Unified School Board made the name choice for the new school Wednesday. Paso Verde was one of two finalists from a list of 167 nominations submitted via survey to a community and school employee committee.
The committee made its recommendations to the board. Paso Verde was chosen to reflect the area’s bucolic roots and the nation’s challenge to adopt a green energy future, according to the Natomas school district.
The other finalist was Garden Oaks. Other names that did not make the final cut included Delta Shores, Del Natomas, Barack Obama and New Visions.
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The school will open next fall at an interim site along Del Paso Road at the current home of Westlake Charter. The school will initially offer transitional kindergarten through fifth grade.
A new campus will be built nearby and it will expand to K-eighth grade each year for three years. The school will offer an International Baccalaureate Primary Years program with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math.