The future downtown campus of SLLIS

Updated April 19 at 1:30 PM with comments from Conrad Wildsmith from St. Louis Immersion Language Schools:

St. Louis Language Immersion Schools (SLLIS) will be opening a downtown campus scheduled to be fully operational for the 2012-2013 school year. The school will be going into a former office building at 1881 Pine Street, caddy corner from the future St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Headquarters on Olive Street. SLLIS is aiming for an initial class of 80 students.

According to SLLIS:

“The French School will be moving to this building with over 300 students in grades kindergarten through fourth grade. We are excited to become part of the fabric of downtown, and are pleased to offer an international education to our students. School begins mid August, and work has begun to ready the facility for our students.”

Main entrance on 19th & Olive

The building on Pine Street had been previously used by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle Academy, a charter school in St. Louis, which had to shut its doors in May 2010 after Missouri Baptist University revoked the charter.

St. Louis Language Immersion Schools‘  (SLLIS) main campus is located at 4011 Papin Street, west of Vandeventer just south of I-64. It currently has 530 students enrolled in grades kindergarten through third grade with immersion programs in Spanish and French. The school will start Japanese and Chinese programs in the upcoming school year. The downtown campus will initially accommodate 80 fourth grade students in the French immersion language program.

According to SLLIS they will move the entire French School (kindergarten through third grade) to downtown and add fourth grade as of next school year for a total of over 300 students.

Olive Street (north) side of the new language school

According to their website:

In 2009, St. Louis Language Immersion Schools Inc. opened the first two schools in its network: French and Spanish language immersion elementary charter schools in the City of St. Louis. Each school began enrollment with Kindergarten and First Grade students and will grow to Fifth Grade. The SLLIS network will grow to include 8 elementary schools and a secondary school. All schools in the SLLIS network will implement the International Baccalaureate curricular frameworks in addition to local and national achievement measures.

What: St. Louis Language Immersion Schools

Where: 1881 Pine Street, St. Louis (Downtown West)

When: Opens school year 2012-2013