Mission: The mission of SLLIS is to position all children for success in local and global economies through holistic, intellectually inspiring language immersion programs.
Programs: To operate and maintain an educational institution serving 916 enrolled students in grades k through 6 in the french school, the spanish school and the chinese school. Our ultimate goal is that all students graduate from our secondary campus, the international school, a 12th grade bilingual and biliterate, proficient in a third language, earn a missouri state diploma and an international baccalaureate diploma. At st. Louis language immersion schools, we apply an academic model, language immersion and international baccalaureate for all students, more often seen in independent schools. Furthermore, we serve an intentional mixed income, mixed ethnicity student population, with at least 50% of students eligible for free and reduced lunch and at least 50% african american students. In addition to the clear linguistic and academic benefits of our curricular model, we are providing an education that prepares our children to be confident global leaders, able to mangage a project with team members from different cultures, belief systems and perspectives. We have positioned our school concept to be a national model for urban education reform as the first k-12 in continuum language immersion urban public school network.
I grew up with a Spanish mother and siblings. Being the youngest I was not taught Spanish nor was it spoken in the house as my sibling got older and my mother was living and working in an American world. I tried to learn Spanish but no matter what I did it just would not take. I went to very expensive schools with "good" teachers and curriculum.
Nothing worked. All through my life I wondered what it would be like to be able to speak my families first language.
As a parent I realized that sending my kids to that same environment and schooling they may miss that same opportunity. I found the Saint Louis Language Immersion School by chance. And ever since it has been both an exciting experience and a scary one. You wonder can they really learn and be thoughtful and educated people when learning a language that is not the primary language spoken at home.
That question has been answered. My children are all the above and they are learning to be world citizens. Meeting people of all backgrounds, races and religions.
This school had changed the projectors for our children to be be ones who look at differences as a positive and challenges as an opportunities.
We need more schools like this and more funding.
When I see my mother and son to speaking in Spanish, I swell up with pride and a bit of regret that I didn't have this opportunity.