My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for St Louis Language Immersion Schools Inc, St Louis, MO, USA
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
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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