Mayor Lee honors principal of groundbreaking Mandarin and Spanish dual language elementary school

Mayor Katherine Lee, right, visited All Souls School on June 10 to present a commendation to Principal Dr. Carrie Fuller for her leadership and positive impact to the City of Alhambra. Photo credit: Aaron Manza | Bescene Inc.

As the “hybrid” school year wraps up, students, parents, and teachers celebrated All Souls World Language School for its unprecedented growth and success. At the center of this achievement is All Souls’ principal, Dr. Carrie Fuller. Mayor Katherine Lee visited the school on June 10 to present a commendation to Dr. Fuller for her leadership and positive impact to the City of Alhambra. Watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7eQj0pyFXA.

Over 300 students attended this school year through a distance learning program and later a hybrid in-school “Roomer” and at-home “Zoomer” format. Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the school’s enrollment continues to grow. “We find that, as the first two-track (Mandarin/English and Spanish/English) dual language Catholic School in the United States, parents are eager to find a welcoming and inclusive learning environment that values the diversity of cultures and languages that reflect our own Alhambra community,” explained Dr. Fuller. “We also have families who travel from as far as West Covina, Pasadena, and Los Angeles.”

Initially established in 1921, All Souls has a long history in Alhambra. It closed temporarily and re-opened in 2012 with a unique 50/50 dual language curriculum that includes transitional-kindergarteners (TK) who start at age 4 all the way up to eighth grade. The exponential growth of the school enrollment in recent years prompted a capital campaign to add two additional buildings that will include state-of-the art science and technology labs. The Alhambra City Council recently approved the plans, and groundbreaking is scheduled for this fall.

As a former teacher herself, Mayor Lee congratulated Dr. Fuller on the progressive learning environment she has developed at All Souls that includes sports and drama programs, a pollinator garden, and even a chicken coop for students to experience nature as they learn about it in the classroom. The graduating eighth-grade students have been accepted to competitive high schools and received accolades for their fluency in foreign language.

The All Souls campus is located at 29 S. Electric Ave., Alhambra 91801. For information on All Souls’ dual language programs or to support its capital campaign, visit allsoulsla.org, or call 626-282-5695.

All Souls World Language Catholic School is part of the Los Angeles Archdiocese and is the only two-track dual language elementary school in the United States. Based in Alhambra on the site of a Catholic school by the same name that existed for 100 years, the new school offers both English and Spanish and English and Mandarin tracks for students in transitional kindergarten to eighth grade. For more information, visit www.allsoulsla.org.  


All Souls SchoolMayor Katherine LeegrowthsuccessPrincipal Dr. Carrie Fuller

Nov 2021


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