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St Louis Language Immersion Schools Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy

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.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.


Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!