Among the submissions were 325 duplicate suggestions and 175 distinct names for the campus that is set to open for the 2020-21 school year.
The school naming committee will review and narrow down the suggestions to three options that will be presented to the school board in late March or early April. The board will make its final selection during a public meeting that has yet to be announced.
The two-story, 60,000-square-foot campus will include 26 classrooms and can accommodate up to 900 students in transitional kindergarten through sixth grade.
In addition to a large multipurpose room and enclosed food service area, the new school will feature an outdoor learning space and a shared learning commons. Space for the district's Therapeutic Learning Program is also included at the site.
Officials previously identified an undeveloped parcel in the northern section of the commercial development as the site for the new school. Though discussions about placing a school in the area can be traced as far back as 1999, plans were seriously explored after voters approved Measure T — a $45 million bond measure — in 2014.
Santa Maria-Bonita is home to the 11 largest elementary schools in Santa Barbara County in terms of student enrollment, according to Superintendent Luke Ontiveros.