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.
We chose SLLIS for our son's education for two reasons. First, we wanted him to be fully bilingual - not just able to understand his French father, but entirely fluent and academically literate in his second language. Additionally, we want him to have the wider range of university options - in the US and abroad - that become possible with an international baccalaureat diploma.
We feel lucky that such an exceptional school is available to us tuition-free in an otherwise struggling district. Beyond our family, we are also extrermely proud that this resource exists and is growing global citizens in St. Louis, Missouri.