Colorado Springs high school continue odyssey with new name

0 View Comments Now in its fifth year, Early College High School has faced an identity crisis of sorts. The school is one of eight educational programs located at the Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus off Constitution Avenue in Colorado Springs School District 11. But people often confused it with a different high school that has a similar name: Colorado Springs Early Colleges, a state-authorized charter school off Garden of the Gods Road. Related: Loss of homeless students leads to enrollment decrease in one Colorado Springs-area school district As of Thursday, Early College High School has a new name: Odyssey Early College and Career Options, or ECCO. D-11’s seven-member Board of Education unanimously approved the switch at a meeting Wednesday night. “This is a significant change, and a good time to do it,” said D-11 spokeswoman Devra Ashby and facilitator of the district’s naming committee. “The more you wait, the more alumni you create that are attached to an identity of a school, and it becomes harder.” The process started as a student-led initiative, Ashby said. Before approaching the naming committee, students and school leaders had asked staff, parents, and current and former students for ideas. Odyssey Early College and Career Options was the favorite and the suggestion submitted to the naming committee. Other recommendations that didn’t make the grade included Ascend High School, Pikes Peak High School, Beyond Early College, Accolade High School, Blossom High School, Unity High School and Mountain Climbers High School. “During open houses and free… [Read full story]

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