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.
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I moved from Chicago to St. Louis in 2007, with a 3 year old and a baby. My son had attended a Spanish immersion preschool, and I thought I'd never find similar options in St. Louis. I was lucky enough to soon meet Rhonda Broussard, Executive Director/Founder of SLLIS, and hear about her dream to open elementary language schools here. Only 2 years later the dream was a reality. My two children now attend the Spanish School. They have not only had the chance to develop fluency in another language, but work alongside students who come from many different linguistic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds: something we as a family treasure. As a professor of education, I have been impressed with the schools' drive for continual improvement, creativity, and dedication to inquiry-based learning. They are moving against a strong tide of accountability, testing, (and more testing), and their moves are impressive.