In 2007, Rhonda Broussard founded St. Louis Language Immersion School (SLLIS), a federal non-profit charter management organization funded primarily by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and guided by a agreement with SLLIS’ primary sponsor, the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Under Broussard’s leadership, The French School and The Spanish School opened in 2009 for kindergarten through fifth grade. The Chinese School, also serving K-5, opened in 2012. The International School, for sixth through eighth grade students receiving a bilingual education in French or Spanish, opened in 2014.
In January 2017, the Board of Directors voted to reconfigure the four schools into one K-8 school, running three different language immersions programs in Chinese, French and Spanish. SLLIS operated on various campuses for many years.
In February 2018, the SLLIS Board of Directors adopted the Gomez and Gomez Dual Language Enrichment Model, further structuring how SLLIS goes about immersion instruction.
In December 2018, the SLLIS Board of Directors purchased SLLIS' current facility at 1881 Pine Street, and all SLLIS programs moved to this location.
Moving Forward at SLLIS
SLLIS has undergone many positive changes since 2018!
A full playground and outdoor sports area was constructed on SLLIS property during 2020-2021.
All SLLIS staff received a 10% salary increase for the 2022-2021 school year and will receive another 5% salary increase beginning in the 2022-2023 school year.
We were able to safely open campus to students during the fall of 2020 while in the COVID-19 pandemic, using mitigation strategies successfully.
We partnered with SouthSide Early Childhood Center to open two on-site Pre-K classrooms in 2020.
In 2021-2022, we expanded our Middle School program to
include increased target language,
increased access to enrichment activities,
and recognition for language achievement.
We joined the St. Louis Charter School League to offer Fall, Winter, and Spring sports to 7th and 8th Grade students.
SLLIS has much more planned and we are excited to look to the future of language learning!