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October 28, 2013

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October 28, 2013

My husband and I made the decision to choose SLLIS over the AAA, blue ribbon awarded school system up the street from our house. This was a risky decision to make, and every day that my child smiles going to school provides us the reward for making the best decision for our child. Visiting and sitting in at the Chinese School, I was impressed that our English speaking children were communicating in Chinese. They were all very eager to learn and were proud of their ability to speak a second language.

I am thankful for the Title 1 teacher, who continues to test the children for their English learning. This support allows us to focus the needed English learning at home. The support in both their English and Chinese learnings will provide the foundation for an incredible future.

The vision of the founder, Rhonda Broussard, is grand. I am really exicted to see my child flourish and to be a part of this vision.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The school desperately needs a better facility. A nicer building would better match the quality of education they are receiving in the school. The current building does portray the quality of education the children are receiving, and therefore it doesn't allow the school to market itself as "unique" and "exceptional". Along the same lines, the school could use larger funding sources to help with various needs of the school, first and foremost the facilities.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 9, 2013

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October 9, 2013

My husband and I chose to send our daughters to St. Louis Language Immersion School's Spanish school 3 years ago. Even though we have excellent public schools in our area, we believed that the benefits our children would receive from a bilingual learning experience was well worth the disadvantages of leaving our neighborhood schools. We are thrilled with the progress our girls have made and the community of SLLIS that has become our home.

Just last night, during dinner, my oldest daughter, Clara, said "Kate and I are going to speak only in Spanish and you and dad need to see if you can understand us. It's okay if you need to speak English, Mom." They spent the entire dinner telling us about their day, asking questions, sharing jokes - all in Spanish! Clara is 9 and Kate is 7.

We hope that being truly bilingual will make them more adventurous, global citizens. I can't wait to see what they become and where they go in life. I have SLLIS, Rhonda, and the entire staff to thank for this wonderful gift they have given my family.
- Megan Bittle
SLLIS Spanish School Parent

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase it's funding. SLLIS, as a charter school, only receives state tax dollars to fund the daily educational needs of our children. We do not receive money to fund infrastructure expansion or improvement, after school programs. With more thank 50% of our student population eligible for free or reduced lunch, we struggle as a community to fundraise the gap between state contributions and the true cost of educating our children. Private fundraising is key to our survival.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 9, 2013

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October 9, 2013

We are so lucky to have the SLLIS network of charter schools in St. Louis City! SLLIS is an amazing educational opportunity for our children - combining the cognitive benefits of language immersion with the highly sought after International Baccalaureate curriculum will help our kids get the best education possible. And, it's free! We're so thankful and proud to be a SLLIS family!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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