St. Louis City Schools

St. Louis Language Immersion School - The Chinese School

PUBLIC Charter

  • Grades Served: KG – 5 (Adding 6 next year)
  • 178 Students
  • Average Class Size: 15
  • Methodology: Language Immersion, International Baccalaureate - Primary Years Program
  • Languages Offered: Mandarin Chinese
  • School Day: 9am – 3:30pm
  • Extended Care: 7am – 8pm
  • Opened in 2012
  • Uniform Required
  • "Our students are biliterate and bilingual by second grade and consistently perform at or above the designated grade level. A visit on a school day will allow you to see children of all ages and backgrounds speaking a second language, as young as kindergarten. Not only are the children actively learning in a second language, but any child can be pulled at any time to come over to you as a visitor and describe to you, in the new language and then in English, what activities are happening."
  • St. Louis Language Immersion Schools is the only program in the nation to provide full-day language immersion and International Baccalaureate curriculum in a tuition-free, urban setting to an intentionally mixed-income, multi-ethnic student population.
  • 5th grade students will visit either Taiwan or China organized by parent groups
  • See their Missouri Charter School Application:
  • Extracurriculars: Boys and Girls Club (before and aftercare), Heritage Class- Choir, Dance and Kungfu (Chinese Martial Art), Weekly classes in technology, art, and library in the language of the school
  • Special Education: Support provided as determined necessary by students' IEP
  • Parent Involvement: School Advisory Council (SAC), Room Parent, Staff Appreciation, Green Space Task Force, Special Events Task Force, School Fundraising Task Force, Enrollment Task Force
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Reviews (9)

  • Alternative to MainstreamParent 09/14/2015
    We chose The Chinese School at SLLIS because we want our child to be not only conversationally proficient in a foreign language but culturally competent. Our daughter at 8 years old speaks, reads, and writes in two languages and is developing strong critical thinking skills. We value the diversity of... More
  • Superb!Parent 09/09/2015
    The Chinese School is amazing. The teachers are outstanding and the kids pick up the language at an amazing rate. Our kids are very happy and clearly learning at a normal elementary school pace but in Mandarin. It's a great school!
  • See for Yourself!Parent 11/14/2014
    We chose the Chinese School over the gifted schools because we were so impressed by the curriculum and what our children will learn. It has so much to offer and we are very happy we made this choice!
  • Language is only part of the story..Parent 11/14/2014
    Learning a second language is so easy for these young kids and this is the right time to do it. They are soaking it up every day and learning in CHINESE not learning Chinese per se. They learn everything their peers learn and are becoming bilingual and biliterate at the same time. What an advantage... More
  • Incredible!Parent 11/13/2014
    We chose to enroll our 2 boys into the St. Louis Language Immersion School -- The Chinese School, during the inaugural year (2012) for a few reasons... The fact our boys will be bilingual and bi-literate in Mandarin is incredible, but there was an even greater appeal, initially, in the holistic approach... More
  • Incredible OpportunityParent 11/13/2014
    Most immersion schools are private schools with high price tags. This is an INCREDIBLE opportunity for the families of St. Louis. My daughter is now in her 2nd year (1st grade) and she loves it. She's happy when I drop her off and happy when I pick her up. The teachers are so dedicated to teaching the... More
  • Opportunity not to be Missed in St. LouisParent 11/13/2014
    We are absolutely thrilled with the school. It has come a long way in two years and our oldest, now in second grade, is speaking Mandarin all day! Our youngest is now in Kindergarten and loves being able to tell us what he learned each day. The teachers are outstanding and the curriculum is based ... More
  • Amazing!Parent 09/17/2014
    We now have two kids in the Chinese school. They are thriving .. really happy and learning a lot. We love the staff and the teachers and the parents are great! They are learning essentially all of the elementary school subjects as well as Chinese (because all are taught in Chinese). So cool. It will ... More
  • Learning MandarinParent 08/03/2014
    Our older son has attended for the first two years. We really like it. We actually live in the county, but drive to the city because language immersion is very important to us. Our second son will start at the school as well this fall.
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  • Highly Diverse Economically57.5% of students qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch
  • Highly Diverse Racially


This School SLPS Avg
100% 74.6% 1.5%
In 2016, earned 100% of possible APR/MSIP points
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Test Scores

This School SLPS Avg State Avg
46.9% 31.4% 55.8%
In 2016, 46.9% of students tested Proficient or Above
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