Last June All Souls School closed its doors due to lack of enrollment. This fall, it will reopen, but with a new multi-lingual and multi-ethnic approach, the Pasadena Star News is reporting. The school will become one of the first Catholic schools to offer dual language immersion in both Spanish and Mandarin.
"Spanish is a crucial skill in Los Angeles and California. Mandarin is going to prepare them to work in a global market," Kevin Baxter, superintendent of elementary schools for the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, told the Star-News. "Those are the long-term benefits. The short-term benefits are (students becoming) more academically successful in elementary, middle and high school."
The school will start by offering two 30-student bilingual Mandarin-English and Spanish-English kindergarten classes in September. More information is available at 626.281.0466.