All Saints' Day School

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All Saints Day School
ASDS Campus front (36344509726).jpg
8060 Carmel Valley Road

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United States
Coordinates36°31′47″N 121°50′05″W / 36.529826°N 121.834599°W / 36.529826; -121.834599Coordinates: 36°31′47″N 121°50′05″W / 36.529826°N 121.834599°W / 36.529826; -121.834599
TypePrivate, day
FounderThree Episcopal Parishes, Founding Headmaster: Reverend Peter Farmer
Head of schoolScott Fujita
Enrollment175 (2016)
Campus size17 acres
California Association of Independent Schools
AffiliationsMember, National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES)

All Saints Day School is a private coeducational school for preschool through grade 8, located on 17 acres in Carmel, California. It was originally named after the first Episcopal bishop of California, William Ingraham Kip; the Bishop Kip School changed its name to All Saints' Episcopal Day School shortly after its founding in Pacific Grove, California in 1961.

The first headmaster was Reverend Peter Farmer, also known as Father Farmer, who remained in that position for sixteen years. On its first day of classes the school had five students in kindergarten, eight in first grade, and four members of faculty and staff, including Father Farmer. As of August 2017, according to the school website, the campus consists of 17 acres, with 175 students in K-8th grade, and has 30 faculty members.[1]

On January 30, 2019, All Saints Day School announced that former Super Bowl winning linebacker and Captain of the New Orleans Saints Defensive Unit, Scott Fujita will be the new Head of School, commencing July 1, 2019. Fujita holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration, and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated with honors. [2] [3]


Timothy Messick, founding class of All Saints Day School, peering into aquarium. Monterey Peninsula Herald, Sep. 30, 1961
Reverends Peter Farmer and David Hill at the campus site before groundbreaking circa 1964
All Saints Episcopal Day School bus with students 1974
Mrs. Laurie Boone (Head of School) and Father Paul Danielson (School Chaplain), in 1989
NHD 1st place junior division national winner, Molly Mancina, with Acting Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Carole Watson, 2014
8th grader shooting
Big 'n Little Brothers & Sisters program
middle school production of Tom Sawyer 2017
ASDS Students bagging beans for Nancy's Project, supporting Salinas Valley migrant farmworkers, 2016

After its first year in Pacific Grove in 1961, the school moved to temporary facilities in Carmel, California and changed its name to All Saints Episcopal Day School. Throughout that year, Reverend Peter Farmer shared his time between the school and his role as Vicar with St. Dunstan's church and the Santa Lucia Mission in Big Sur, California.[4]

By 1962 Father Farmer was appointed full time Headmaster and left his role as Vicar of St. Dunstan's.[5] The site where the school now resides in Carmel Valley opened for its first classes in 1965. Father Farmer and the sexton for All Saints' Church, Val Chaney, "spent the summer of 1965 finding and laying salvaged pipe for an irrigation system to water a playing field. They scavenged for desks and blackboards from the Department of Education Surplus Depot in San Leandro."[6]

The school still consisted of one building with playing fields in 1970, but in 1975 ASDS completed construction of a gym, which also served as a multipurpose facility and auditorium for special events, and dedicated it as the William Russell Coats Memorial Hall.

In 1978 Mrs. Laurie Boone became Headmistress of All Saints Day School. By that time the school offered classes from Kindergarten through 8th grade, with 20 teachers and 173 students. In 1979 construction of the Maurine Church Coburn building to serve as the Early Childhood Unit was completed. In 1982, the original classroom building was remodeled and named in the honor of Reverend David Hill. Under the Coburn Trust, Maurine Church Coburn also gave the school its Performing Arts Building and a new Classroom wing, completed in 1983 and named in her honor. The Coburn Trust further purchased a neighboring plot of land and gifted it to the school.

By 1984 new landscaping had commenced along with work on new playing fields. There were 25 teachers and 201 students. Mrs. Laurie Boone Hogen retired as Head of School in 1995. Between 1995 and 2000 the school was served by Pro Tem Heads and administration, until Mrs. Linda Bradley who had been with the school for 22 years assumed the role of Head, until her retirement in 2002. In 2003, ASDS hired Mrs. Michele Rench as Head of School. Between then and her retirement in 2015, the school rebuilt the ECU and the multipurpose facility/gymnasium and added a teaching organic garden with a wood-burning bread-and-pizza oven. After hiring a governing board member of the California Association of Independent schools to serve as temporary head for one year, ASDS appointed Mr. Hugh Jebson as the new Head of School as of July 1, 2016. In the summer of 2018, Mr. Jebson announced his departure after the coming school year.

After a coordinated national search, narrowing the list to five candidates from around the country, ASDS chose the one from within the community, tapping Scott Fujita to become the new Head of School, commencing July 1, 2019.[7]

As of 2017, All Saints Day School serves preschool through 8th grade, with 175 students and 30 teachers. In the summer of 2017 the school commenced remodelling its 13,000+ volume library.[8]


According to the 2017 Accreditation Report by the California Association of Independent schools, which is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, "An All Saints education has always been distinguished by the excellence of the academic program, the focus on service to the community, and the emphasis on the education of the whole child, as shown by the strong curricular and co-curricular offerings, including music, visual and performing arts, physical education, technology, and character education." The school's website specifies that it "welcomes students of all races, cultures, religions, and socio-economic backgrounds."

Recent Valedictorians[edit]

As of 2018, over the previous eight years eight alumni of All Saints Day School have earned valedictorian honors in surrounding public and private high schools:
2011: Matthew Bruckman, Co-Valedictorian Stevenson School, graduate of Harvard University[9]
2011: Claire Margolis, Co-Valedictorian Stevenson School, graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine[10]
2012: Carolyn Bruckmann, Valedictorian Stevenson School, graduate of Harvard University[11]
2016: Jillian Empey, Co-Valedictorian Carmel High School[12]
2016: Emma Morgan, Valedictorian Stevenson School
2017: Madeleine Fontenay, Co-Valedictorian Carmel High School[13]
2017: Matthew Luch, Co-Valedictorian Carmel High School[13]
2018: Joe Johnsson, Co-Valedictorian Carmel High School[14]

National History Day and Student Achievements[edit]

Unique among schools in the region, all seventh grade students are required to participate in National History Day.

"National History Day, is a year-long educational program that encourages students to explore local, state, national, and world history. After selecting a historical topic that relates to an annual theme, students conduct extensive research by using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews. They analyze and interpret their findings, draw conclusions about their topics' significance in history, and create final projects that present their work. These projects can be entered into a series of competitions, from the local to the national level, where they are evaluated by historians and educators."[15][16]

According to the school's website and multiple reports in local newspapers and broadcasts (Monterey Herald, Carmel Pine Cone, Pacific Grove Cedar Street Times, Monterey County Weekly, KSBW), All Saints Day School students represent the school well by consistently winning high honors in local, regional, and national academic competitions, including Science Fair, National History Day, Mathletics, Math League, Foreign Language, Spelling Bees, and Writing.[17][18][19][20]

Public Speaking & Performing Arts[edit]

Since the late 1970s the ASDS theater program has become a large part of student and community life. Younger students participate in what is called “Primary Players,” in which short skits are presented to the school and to parents. Older students up through 8th grade put on two large scale productions each year, a musical and a Shakespeare play. Students are encouraged to participate by trying out for parts, as stage crew, or playing an instrument in the live band. It is part of the school’s educational philosophy that graduates from All Saints’ have received steady practice and experience speaking in front of a large audience from their first year at the school.[21]


The school offers physical education utilizing two outdoor playing fields, paved courts, and a recently completed gymnasium and multi-purpose facility. School teams compete with other local schools. The boys basketball program won the MTJAL league championship in 2016 and came in second the following year in a "double overtime thriller."[22]

On February 19, 2018, All Saints Day School alumnus, Brita Sigourney, won the Bronze Medal in the Women's Half-pipe freestyle skiing competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. "I think I wanted it more this time. At my first Olympics, I just didn’t know what to expect, and I was just so happy to be there,” she said. “But this time, I really wanted it." Her father, Thad Sigourney, longtime ASDS Athletic Director, said after the event "I bit my tongue until blood came out of the corner of my mouth."[23]

Character Education[edit]

CSEE Recognition[edit]

The Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education (CSEE) was founded in 1898 as the “National Preparatory School Committee of the YMCA”.[24] Since 2013 All Saints Day School has been recognized by CSEE for “Excellence in Ethical Education.” Particularly noted were the school’s “buddy” program, which is designed to foster relationships between younger and older students, and the bean bagging program, which has been a part of school life for over thirty years.[25]

Big 'n Little Brothers & Sisters Program[edit]

A long-standing practice at ASDS is to pair younger children with “big brothers and sisters” from the upper grades. Older students have the opportunity to role model and look out for their little brother or sister, while younger students have someone with relevant experience upon whom they can rely around campus. The school organizes events and activities such as Easter egg hunts in which the pairings get to interact and spend time with each other.[26]

Community Service[edit]

Several news reports reflect the school's efforts in local, national, and international community service through the years.
"All Saints students donate desks to fire victims.[27][28] “The students at the private All Saints Episcopal Day School in Carmel Valley and the farmworkers of the Salinas Valley live in different worlds. But for a dozen years they’ve been linked. By beans."[29] "All Saints School and Santa Catalina School got involved with student programs.”[30]
“For 20 years an Episcopal school and parish in Carmel Valley have been helping an Episcopal school and parish in Hinche, Haiti, and despite the setbacks of natural disasters and revolution, the program is showing results.”[31]
"It took 18 turkeys, 100 pounds of potatoes, 50 pounds of vegetables and almost 400 dinner rolls to provide the Seaside meal..."[32]
The school defines community service for students as “giving their effort, willingly and freely, to an individual or organization that benefits from their help and/or improves the quality of life for the community.” The school website goes on to state “The Outreach program involves students at every age in school-wide projects and in service areas appropriate to each grade level.”[33]


The Campus consists of 17 acres of flat land, adjacent to the Carmel River and surrounded by mountains leading to the Santa Lucia range. During biology sections, creative writing, and art excursions students have access to an on-campus stretch of the river with canyon views.
The lower grade wing of the school services grades one through five, along with separate dedicated classrooms for math, science, computers, and an oratory.
The upper grade wing holds the sixth through eighth grade classrooms and the foreign language department.
The school completed construction of its new Early Childhood Unit (ECU) building in 2011, as well as a gymnasium/multi-purpose facility for PE and sports, school wide assembly, and theater productions. Attached to this multi-purpose facility is a full service caterers kitchen.
There are 2 full sized athletic fields, over 80 computers for students and more than 13,000 volumes in the library, which has received a remodel and new construction during the summer of 2017.
ASDS owns the residence for the Head of School on adjacent land.[34]


  1. ^ Evelyn, Londahl, A New School Opens (30 September 1961). "Editor" (microfilm). Monterey Public Library: Monterey Peninsula Herald. p. 21. Bishop Kip School Is Sponsored by Parishes
  2. ^ Green, Dan. "Anchor". Hearst. Retrieved 2 February 2019. Fujita comes from a family of teachers and he's ready for this next big role.
  3. ^ Templeman, Kristin (30 January 2019). "Communications Director". All Saints Day School. Retrieved 2 February 2019. Scott Fujita has been an integral part of the school for the past 7 years, first as a parent, then Board member, and most recently as part of the faculty.
  4. ^ Barratt, Elizabeth. "The History of the Santa Lucia Mission". All Saints Episcopal Church. Retrieved 24 July 2017. Within three months, Fr. Farmer was a very busy man...
  5. ^ "Our Story". St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church. Retrieved 5 August 2017. The Rev. Peter Farmer is appointed part-time Vicar, sharing his time with All Saints Day School until 1962 when he is appointed full time Headmaster and leaves St. Dunstan’s.
  6. ^ Howe, Kevin (17 January 2007). "All Saints school founder dies". Monterey Peninsula Herald. Retrieved 24 July 2017. Father Farmer recalled in a letter marking the school's 45th anniversary that when the first building was completed, the school field was "two or three acres of fine dust."
  7. ^ Counts, Chris (1 February 2019). "One Time Superbowl Star Nets Job at All Saints Day School" (PDF) (Vol. 105 No. 5). Carmel Pine Cone. p. 12A. Retrieved 2 February 2019. Scott Fujita, who helped the New Orleans Saints win the 2010 Super Bowl, has been named All Saints' new Head of School.
  8. ^ "History of the School - Chronology". All Saints' Day School historical summary. School Archives: All Saints Day School: 1. 2014. The following is a brief, chronological summary of landmarks in the School's history...
  9. ^ Bruckmann, Matthew. "Farewell Address". Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  10. ^ Margolis, Claire. "Farewell Address". Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  11. ^ Bruckmann, Carolyn. "bio". Harvard University. Retrieved 4 August 2017. Graduated valedictorian...
  12. ^ Empey, Jillian (20 May 2016). "Carmel High Seniors, Class of 2016, Receive About $170,000 in Scholarships at Awards Night" (PDF). Cedar Street Times. p. 16. Retrieved 4 August 2017. ...recognized as Class of 2016 Valedictorians:
  13. ^ a b "CARMEL HIGH SENIORS, CLASS OF 2017, RECEIVE OVER $250,000 IN LOCAL COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIPS AT ANNUAL AWARDS NIGHT". Carmel Unified School District. 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2017. recognized as Class of 2017 Valedictorians
  14. ^ Johnsson, Joe. "Co-Valedictorian". Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  15. ^ "National History Day".
  16. ^ "Twenty-Eight Middle and High School Students Named National Endowment for the Humanities Scholars at 2014 National History Day". National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). 20 June 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2017. Molly Mancina from All Saints Day School in Carmel, California Project: “The Rights and Responsibilities of Photojournalists: And the Ethics of Photo-Manipulation”
  17. ^ "Student Achievements". All Saints Day School.
  18. ^ Schmalz, David (9 June 2016). "J.T. Byrne". Monterey County Weekly. Retrieved 4 August 2017. A seventh-grader unearths the history of Japanese-American baseball during World War II.
  19. ^ Howe, Kevin (22 March 2010). "Herald Staff Writer". Monterey County Herald. Retrieved 4 August 2017. Bryce Bishop, All Saints School, documentary 'Numerical Weather Forecasting: Saving and Changing the World.'
  20. ^ Howe, Kevin (8 October 2012). "Herald Staff Writer". Monterey County Herald. p. A1. Krasznekewicz, 17, a senior at Deerfield Academy in Amherst and a 2009 graduate of All Saints [sic] Episcopal Day School in Carmel Valley…
  21. ^ "The Arts". Reflections. All Saints Day School: 14. Fall 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2017. All Saints graduates are distinguished by their confidence and ability to speak in public to audiences small and large.
  22. ^ "8th Grade Captures Title in Double Overtime Thriller!". Palma School. 2 February 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2017. Both teams played outstanding basketball and the game ended in regulation tied at 50.
  23. ^ Rick Maese (19 February 2018). "American Brita Sigourney earns bronze on final run of freestyle skiing halfpipe". The Washington Post. Retrieved 21 February 2018. Up and up she went, climbing the halfpipe’s 22-foot wall, launching into the sky...
  24. ^ "History". CSEE. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  25. ^ "CSEE's Schools Officially Recognized for "Excellence in Ethical Education"". CSEE. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  26. ^ "Buddy Programs". All Saints Day School. Retrieved 4 August 2017. ...I have also learned to be a good friend and a great role model, thanks to my 'little brother'
  27. ^ Caitlin Conrad (26 October 2017). "All Saints students donate desks to fire victims". Monterey Hearst Television Inc. Retrieved 27 October 2017. Thanks to All Saints, Anova will not need to buy desks.
  28. ^ KSBW Action News 8 (26 October 2017). "Carmel Valley students give their desks away" – via YouTube.
  29. ^ Moore, Brenda (10 May 2004). "1 Scoop of Help at a Time". Monterey Peninsula Herald. p. A1. Nearly every Friday, All Saints’ students gather in the school gym and bag pinto beans, scooping them from commercial-size bags into smaller ones that will feed a family of four to six.
  30. ^ Taylor, Dennis (12 November 2013). "'Saint Nancy' Remembered for Philanthropy". Monterey Peninsula Herald. p. A1. Retrieved 24 July 2017. ..Reid Woodward of All Saints Episcopal Day School, whose students continue to load bags of beans every Friday... ‘Reid has made a dance out of it,’ Mrs. Costello said. ‘They put a certain amount of beans in each bag, they twist the Twist-Ens a certain amount of times. … It’s a game for the children.’
  31. ^ Howe, Kevin (18 January 2005). "Haitian Parish Grateful for Help". Monterey Peninsula Herald. p. B2. For 20 years an Episcopal school and parish in Carmel Valley have been helping an Episcopal school and parish in Hinche, Haiti
  32. ^ Herrera, James (19 November 2016). "Boys & Girls Club Meal Fills Hearts and Tummies". Monterey Peninsula Herald. p. 2. Retrieved 5 August 2017. ...which was made possible in part by Cal Am, Lucky Supermarkets, Cal Water, Seaside Rotary Club, Mann Packing, Cardinale Moving and Storage, All Saints School...
  33. ^ "Community Service". All Saints Day School. Retrieved 4 August 2017. The Outreach program involves students at every age in school-wide projects and in service areas appropriate to each grade level.
  34. ^ "At A Glance". All Saints' Day School. Retrieved 5 August 2017.

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