The charter middle school opening in Tacoma this fall has a new name: Destiny Charter Middle School.
So far, 200 students have enrolled in the new school, which will begin with sixth graders only and roll up to a full sixth- through eighth- grade middle school over the next three years.
The school is operated by Green Dot, a California-based non-profit organization that operates charter schools in Los Angeles and in Tennessee.
Tacoma-area families, students and community members chose the name to reflect the history of Tacoma as the City of Destiny.
Destiny Charter Middle School Principal Genny Cadena said in a news release that members of the school’s advisory committee, including families and community members, have been helping to plan the opening of the school, which happens Aug. 24 on Tacoma’s Eastside.
“This is history. Our school is being built by the community for the community,” Cadena said. “I love that our school name reflects not only our city, but our goals for our students.”