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All Souls trilingual language immersion program pushed back to fall 2012

School officials planned to re-open All Souls School — the Alhambra Catholic school closed its doors in June 2010 due to lack of enrollment – this September with a new trilingual language immersion program. The plan was for two 30-student Mandarin-English and Spanish-English classes. But school officials postponed the start date two months ago to focus on infrastructure changes.

The school’s new principal Anne Bouvet, a 20-year veteran of the archdiocese, was brought on to lead the school after the decision was made. “Right now we are undergoing a great deal of construction,” said Bouvet. “Besides dual-language immersion, we will also have 21st century technology. Whether or not that is iPads or smart boards, it’s going to be implemented to help our children from the very first day of school in kindergarten to learn two languages with technology.”

The school will also expand to offer two 30-student kindergarten and first grade classes for each language program. Each year, a new grade level will be added until the school expands to the fifth grade.

“Catholic schools have never done dual language immersion,” said Bouvet. “There is only one school that exists within the entire country and that is in Denver.”

Two dual-language immersion schools are set to open in California next year: All Souls in Alhambra and Saint Joan of Arc Dual Language Academy in Los Angeles. All Souls will be the only Catholic school that will introduce Mandarin-English program. Saint Joan of Arc is currently set to open a Spanish-English program.

Bouvet said All Souls is currently working on its curriculum alongside Escuela de Guadalupe in Denver, Colorado. The Denver school has been recognized for its program committed to full literacy in English and Spanish in all academic areas.

All Souls has scheduled to open house events for interested parents on Sunday, November 6 and Thursday, December 1 at 7 p.m. More information is available at 626.282.5695.

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