St. Louis City Schools

St. Louis Language Immersion School - The Spanish School

PUBLIC Charter

  • Grades Served: KG – 8
  • 362 Students
  • Average Class Size: 25
  • Methodology: Language Immersion, Authorized International Baccalaureate World School - Primary Years Program
  • Languages Offered: Spanish
  • School Day: 8:30am – 3:45pm
  • Extended Care: 7am – 8pm
  • Opened in 2009
  • Uniform Required
  • "At SLLIS it is our mission to develop empathetic, high-achieving, bilingual, globally-minded students by providing a rigorous academic foundation that fosters critical thinking and problem solving. "
  • Encourages projects such as the 2nd grade, "Rights Project" in which students learn historical examples of those who fought for rights.
  • Uses "Positive Behavior Support", which works to eliminate challenging behavior and in its place teach pro-social skills.
  • See their Missouri Charter School Application:
  • Extracurriculars: Boys and Girls Club (before and aftercare), Weekly classes in technology, art, and library in the language of the school, Girl Scouts, Spanish classes for Parents (childcare provided)
  • Special Education: Support provided as determined necessary by students' IEP
  • Parent Involvement: SLLIS PTO, Room Parents, Field trips, and various other opportunities to support the school and volunteer throughout the year.
  • Tours:


Reviews (14)

  • Ship sinkingParent 04/26/2018
    I've had a kid or two at this school for the last 4 years and we are done. There was no consistent administration at the Papin campus this year. My older kid has kids in his class that have hit staff, threatened students with scissors, thrown objects (chairs, books, pencils) and they are still in attendance... More
  • Better than test scores representParent 06/17/2016
    I just wanted to second the comments about taking test scores with a grain of salt.
  • IB curriculum and fluency in Spanish!Parent 02/26/2016
    I have 2 children currently in the Spanish School, and my oldest finished 5th grade there last year. I've been so pleased. I really like the challenging IB curriculum that teaches the kids to inquire, explore, and learn. A school that encourages curiosity is great! The Spanish immersion has also ... More
  • Amazing schoolParent 02/15/2016
    I have two kids at the Spanish School and I am so pleased with the excellent education they are receiving at SLLIS! The teachers are incredibily dedicated and my kids are so happy to come to school everyday. This school provides such a wonderful opportunity for all kids to learn a second language.
  • Fantastic, free, urban educationParent 02/15/2016
    while learning a second language, my daughter has improved her understanding of english and how to communicate more efficiently
  • Love the schoolParent 02/15/2016
    Es una buena experiencia para los ninos y tambien los padres. Una buena comunidad para toda la familia. Los ninos se divierten y aprienden mucho. Aprender otro idioma oh mantener la cultura es muy buena para toda la familia.
  • Prepares students for successParent 02/15/2016
    I have 2 children in the school and have been so impressed by the teachers and staff. Love that my kids are fluent in Spanish this early in life and prepared for real world success in the future.
  • Fantastic opportunityParent 05/12/2015
    Instead of sending my daughter to our county district school, which is a fine school, we instead chose to send her to SLLIS for kindergarten. She is now in first grade, and she can already speak so much better than I can after 8 years of taking Spanish classes in school. I'm absolutely pleased with the... More
  • Amazing opportunity for our kidsParent 05/12/2015
    Like many families we initially chose The Spanish School for the language immersion aspect. We have been more than happy with the language development of our children in both English and Spanish but have also been highly impressed with what the IB program offers the students. The inquiry based learning... More
  • Great school that is still developingParent 05/11/2015
    We have been at the Spanish school almost from the beginning (6 years ago) and have been very pleased over all. As a public charter school, it faces unique budget challenges and each year has seen its share of obstacles to overcome. However, the benefits - bilingualism, international baccalaureate curriculum... More
  • Happy after two yearsParent 05/11/2015
    My daughter is in first grade and loves the school and her teacher. Homework is done as packets (in English) and turned in later in the week. We also love that she will learn Latin in her later years. I can't imagine sending her to another school. This may not be the right environment for you/your child... More
  • Amazing opportunity in an English dominant state!Parent 09/11/2014
    Overall, average state test scores don't tell you everything about a school! The opportunities and possibilities to become multilingual; make friendships across race, ethnicity, and income level; interact daily with teachers and administrators from across the globe; all while learning about the world... More
  • Two kids in and one more to followParent 09/05/2014
    After touring Kennard, Mallinkrodt, City Garden, Mann School, Soulard School, and others, we chose SLLIS - Spanish. It's a newer school so the systems and structures inherited by SLPS schools are limited. There are four classes per grade so it is larger, by private school standards. But, our children... More
  • Better than test scores representOther 09/04/2014
    We toured and did orientation at this school and really liked it. Although after a difficult decision we choose another school in the city only because our kids are already bilingual and we plan on continuing it in our home. But I thought it important to note that any immersion school's test scores... More
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  • Highly Diverse Economically64.5% of students qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch
  • Highly Diverse Racially


This School SLPS Avg
65% -6% 74.6% 1.5%
In 2016, earned 65% of possible APR/MSIP points
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Test Scores

This School SLPS Avg State Avg
34.4% 31.4% 55.8%
In 2016, 34.4% of students tested Proficient or Above
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