Marking Its 60th Year: All Hallows Academy equips students for a lifetime of success in La Jolla


An academically strong and well-rounded curriculum, plus small classes with ample one-on-one student attention and an emphasis on analytical thinking for solving problems, are just a few essential learning tools All Hallows Academy imparts to its students.

“We teach co-ed students from transitional kindergarten through eighth-grade and integrate our Catholic values and morals into all aspects of our academic curriculum,” said principal Jill Platt. “This allows students to gain relevance and competence with the curriculum and apply important skills and concepts to everyday life through a Christian perspective.”

The average class size is 14 and All Hallows Academy graduates have a 98 percent placement in the high schools of their choice — including Cathedral Catholic in Carmel Valley and St. Augustine’s in the North Park area.

During her five years as principal, Platt said she’s seen the school transition through many growth changes. “All of our teachers are certified and continue their training and education,” Platt said. “Our school has also partnered with San Diego’s Roman Catholic Diocese on a STEM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), an interdisciplinary and applied approach that guarantees student success,” she said. STEM integrates the four disciplines into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications designed to advance student knowledge and increase interest in the fields of science and technology.

“Our teachers and staff are dedicated to helping students learn how to analyze issues and become critical thinkers who want to make a difference in the world,” Platt said. Giving back to society is stressed at the academy and each class adopts an outreach project every year.

“Our young students recently chose to support the children with cancer at Rady’s Children’s Hospital,” she said.

In addition to strong academics, All Hallows also provides extracurricular activities, including the much-anticipated night on the Star of India and field trips to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles and the philharmonic, Platt said.

“We also have a band and a glee club, and the children present one musical theater performance every year, like the ‘Wizard of Oz,’ ” Platt said. u

All Hallows Academy is a Roman Catholic elementary school with 230 students. It is located at 2390 Nautilus St., La Jolla; at the top of Nautilus and La Jolla Scenic Drive. (858) 459-6074.

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