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K-5
Public charter
St. Louis, MO
 

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4011 Papin St
St. Louis, MO 63110

(314) 533-0975
(314) 533-0974
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April 28, 2015
We chose The French School at SLLIS because we want our child to be not just conversationally proficient in a foreign language but academically literate and culturally competent. Our son (9) speaks, reads, and writes in two languages and is developing multi-disciplinary critical thinking skills promoted through the International Baccalaureate inquiry-based pedagogy model. We also value the diversity of the student population for our child's social development and readiness for the "real world." The teachers have a truly unique professional skill set and competence that you won't find anywhere else in St. Louis, and the entire faculty, staff, and leadership team is wholly dedicated to the success of our kids and the school. They have a bold vision and we love it. Highly recommend!

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2015
The French School is the ONLY urban, tuition-free, International Baccalaureate, French Immersion School in the U.S. What an amazing opportunity right here in STL. I value not only the language immersion (and it is so incredible to see my 6-year-old already reading and writing in TWO languages!), but also for the International Baccalaureate curriculum. The IB values thinking and problem solving, as well are creativity -- the kids are actively learning, not just memorizing things. Perhaps even more, I value the many different kinds of diversity found at TFS, including racial/ethnic, SES, country of origin, culture, gender/sexual orientation AND language. My children enter the world so comfortable with and curious about people who may be different than they are. And they have already developed a global consciousness, an interest in travel, and a willingness to take risks and try new things. The school isn't perfect, but we get so much that's unique!

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2015
Awesome school! Love the PYP curriculum and teachers. Our kids love learning French and going to school. They are fluent in reading and writing in French which has boosted their English reading skills and test scores. We appreciate the diverse and loving school culture. The teachers are so dedicated.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2015
I LOVE THIS SCHOOL! The teachers are amazing, they take so much pride into teaching the kids that there is a lot to explore in the world. My child started in kindergarten and now in the second grade. Everyday I see growth in his academics and his immersion into the French language. I am excited to see what the future holds from him. Mr. Conrad the Principal is so compassionate in what he do for the school and the kids. I truly support and love everything they do in this school, this has been the best decision I've made for his future! Parent R. Perry

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2015
I just love TFS! I love how my son has grown and the confidence he is showing.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2015
The French School is a great school, my son's teachers and staff communicates often with me whether he is doing well or if he's having any issues. I've also noticed that they really take time and listen to him if any problem does occur. He's doing well in all his subjects and his French is getting pretty impressive.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2015
Why would you not send your child to a free immersion school. In a global market a second language is invaluable!

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2015
Our children are thriving in this diverse and challenging environment. The challenge of learning in a different language has opened pathways in their brains and improved their problem solving and analytical skills. Their test scores reflect the fact that they are excelling academically. The environment promotes innovation and risk-taking! They love their dedicated and loving teachers. They are poised for success in a global world. We are so grateful they have this learning experience available to them for free!

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2015
TFS is accredited as a PYP school, which means the students learn through doing, they do not learn each subject in silos, but rather all subjects are integrated into projects and inquiry. I also love that my child is fluent in French in elementary school! The school embraces cultural differences and diversity! The school is still young, which means there are plenty of opportunities for parent involvement and input as well. Finally, the 5th grade students go to France to experience the culture, attend school with other 5th grade students in France, and stay with host families. The students emerge confident in their ability to navigate in a foreign city, culture, and language.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2015
I love the progress that The French School has made with my child. My child has progressed so much academically and personally! SLLIS is like a community, like a family! I would not have anyone else teaching my children. I love the diversity and the ciriculum. The challenge has been very rewarding.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2015
Excellent opportunity for children to learn how to speak, read and write in French for FREE!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2015
My children have been students at SLLIS since kindergarten and are now in 4th grade. We have had some amazing teachers and both children love this school! The French Immersion has been a wonderful opportunity for my girls and the school community is a pleasure. .

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2015
We have been very pleased with my daughter's progress at TFS this year. As a kindergartner, she uses French words on a regular basis to ask for things, say please, thank you, etc. and doesn't even realize she is doing it. TFS is still a growing program (which means some inevitable 'hiccups') but I have found the teachers and staff to be incredibly dedicated to their students and willing to offer a great deal of support. To be clear, my daughter tested into the 'gifted' magnet schools; however, we made the choice to send her to TFS because we didn't want her spending her time memorizing words on flashcards or being "taught to the test". We wanted her to be able to grow and explore new ideas, something that is clearly embraced at TFS. Just last week, the class went to the zoo as part of their Unit of Inquiry on the environment and spent the day playing but also exploring the characteristics of living things. My daughter attends class with students from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds and as a result has learned to be a more effective communicator, negotiator, and empathetic person. If you want your child to be an educated explorer, TFS is a great place to be!

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2015
TFS has been an amazing experience for our daughter and our family! She is now in second grade and is reading chapter books in French and English! Her English and math is also above grade level. The family feel at the school is also so inviting and it is easy to be a parent. We plan to stay as the school grows and then our daughter will earn her International baccalaureate as we'll as high school diploma!

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2015
We have two boys ages 7 and 8 at The French School. We are delighted that our boys are becoming bilingual in the middle of the United States. We chose The French School out of the St. Louis Language Immersion Schools because French is widely spoken on my husband's home continent of Africa. Our boys love going to school, and they are reading and writing in French and English, and speaking French confidently. The teachers, staff, and head of school are enthusiastic and dedicated, and every year we have teaching interns from France and other French-speaking countries that enrich the language and cultural environment of the school. Parents should be aware that there can be a lag in English language arts in grades K-2 or 3, compared to children in English schools, as the children get a grasp on TWO languages at once. Since TFS is a relatively new school, some procedures and communications are not as well-established as they are in, for example, our home public school district. At the same time, this newness means that parents have the opportunity to get very involved. The community is very diverse and even international, and as parents and children we've made wonderful friends here.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2015
I absolutely love TFS!! The culture of the school is so friendly and nurturing to both student, parent and staff, yet academically charged and challenging. I am excited about my kids becoming fluent in a foreign language which gives them an edge. I am also excited about the character development aspect of TFS culture which my kids bring home daily! I attribute a lot of the SLLIS and TFS experience to it's great leadership and the vision behind it. TFS is a special place and a blessing to St. Louis families!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2015
My child has been at TFS for almost 2 years now and I am always impressed by how much she knows. For those parents who say they pulled their kids out after 2nd grade because the kids didn't know any English and the teachers only spoke to them in French: Well, did you not realize you were signing your kid up for a language immersion school? What did you expect? And might I add that it does not matter at all whether a 2nd grader multiplies in English, French or Swahili? The concepts are the same. So the kids learn how to read in French first? Big deal - so do all the kids in French-speaking countries. And really, what do individual standardized test scores matter in elementary school anyway? Yes, of course there are minor issues with the school - you can always find something wrong with ANY school. But at TFS, it's not with academics. If you are sending a child to TFS who wants to be there and learn, s/he is going to get all the academic knowledge s/he needs at that level and more (like exposure to different cultures, customs, accents, backgrounds, etc.).

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2015
The French School is an amazing place. Please look into it before dismissing it based on a couple comments. This is a city school. Some parents want their children to only go to school with other children who are rich and score well on standardized tests. There are schools like that in St. Louis. SLLIS is not one of them, and to me that's a good thing. SLLIS is diverse but in its diversity lies its strength. I have never felt that my children were "unsafe" in this environment. In fact, SLLIS has some of the most caring and skilled teachers I have ever come in contact with. If parents bring an issue up to the administration, it is dealt with immediately.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2015
I love the concept of immersion but this school is a mess. It seems like the only requirement to work here is the ability to speak some French because you certainly don't have to be skilled at working with children.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2014
As parents we decide where are children go to school. Thank god we have a choice! A good parent has no excuse/ reason to send their child to this school. Why one would choose to send their child to an uncredited school is beyond me. There are many great options when deciding on a school in St. Louis. This is not one!!

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2014
If you want your child to be unsafe and uneducated-send them to SLLIS. This school is terribly ran by individuals who couldn't care less. The demographics are disgusting! The test scores are disgraceful and a direct result of the subpar education received. Unless you truly don't care about your child, don't go here. Consider yourself warned!! Seriously i'd rate 0 if I could.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2013
I need to write a review so that you're not fooled by the parents giving false praises. There are many promises made and very few are kept. The standards for admin and staff are very low. The discipline issues are out of control! The admin is not attentive. The after school programs being praused? They are offered at an outrageous cost. The many trips? That's laughable! The one field trip had a $15 charge along with it. The buses are unsafe. The staff is unavailable. The children are not being properly educated! The test scores will provide the proof needed. The diversity? Saying it's diverse is egregious! Just be very weary about this school. It's a poorly ran school with the scores and some reviews to reflect he facts

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
After having a child attend this school from K-2 he has voiced that he is ready to leave this school. Kindergarten was the worst but I decided to give this school more time. My child has lots of friends and enjoys attending. His issue is that during these 2.5 years the teachers only speak in French as well as sending French homework that I have to assist with & he is not learning English. He said he wants to learn. I was very concerned when he entered 2nd grade as well as many at SLLIS without knowing how to read! The norm is its expected! Which I shouldn't have accepted! There are perks attending but SLLIS has put English learning responsibilities on parents since they teach in a different language. With that being written - I am researching a new school, my child wants to be on the academic level as other 7 yr olds I don't have a choice!

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2013
This school deserves much more praise and recognition than provided in the few comments from disgruntled parents who pulled their children out. There are those of us whose kids have been in the school for several years now and are very pleased with the learning opportunity and environment this school provides. Speaking of the TFS, it is a loving caring place with a great curriculum (PYP) complemented by numerous and amazing field trips and a diverse after school program (including music, sport, etc). What we enjoy most is the welcoming environment (teachers are happy to talk to you at anytime, stop by the principal and he will invite you for a chat) and the diversity of the community, including children, parents, teachers and staff and an opportunity for social emotional growth that is hard to find in many other places. It is a school in its infancy, and along come the growing pains and some hiccups; however, problems are taken care of, ineffective teachers do not stay on board. Watching positive changes is encouraging and strengthens our belief in this great school and what s to come in the future. The children are happy, love to learn and care about each other.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2013
If you love flash cards and want to judge your 8-year old by a test score is not the school for you (and BTW (in TFS only about 17 inaugural kids having taken this test so far, so hardly telling for the school as a whole). If you want to raise happy children who are engaged in learning, are inquisitive and get the math and science rather than regurgitate answers for test prep, who are independent, caring and open to the world around them without being judgmental and love to go to school every day this is the school for you. We have observed some amazing academic accomplishments (not to mention the ability to communicate in a foreign language) and when you see 2nd graders hug one another in the hallway to provide encouragement and ease anxiety about going to the principal s office (because it really is not that bad ), you know things are going well.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2013
I currently have 2 children in attendance, I was very excited about their new start and experience, as time gose on I have found that to quickly demenish as my daughter was being bullied and nothing was done about it, even after speaking to the head of the school a number of time" I still find that to be an issue not only with the students but also with a staff. Their are serious discipline issues the lack of response and or correction from the staff and administration is horrible and very unprofessional!!!! There test scores are poor, very unorganized and no one seems to no whats going on, poor structure". The school needs to be reevaluated!! Perhaps the staff and administration also!

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2013
We had a child at this school for two years and elected to leave. We were happy with the quality of both of our teachers while our child attended. We were not confident in the administration of the school or the actions, or lack thereof, to correct behavioral issues with some students in the school. The school seemed to be exclusionary of the parents and discourage parental involvement. That made us very uncomfortable and unwilling to allow our child to continue to attend the French School.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2012
Our son is in the 2nd grade and has been attending since Kindergarten. I'm very thrilled with his education so far. He is fluent in French and often seeks out opportunities to use his French in the real world. The teachers are wonderful and this year's teacher is particularly amazing. There's a lot of hands on learning and his endless questions are always answered in a way that encourages even more learning. These teachers really care about their students. He has built a lot of positive relationships with staff and other students. Until this year, we have had absolutely no issues with the school. We have found that the administration is attentive when issues (disciplinary in our case) arise. Leadership continues to work on improving the experience for students and parents, and I can see strides being made and truly respect that. Overall, our experience is quite positive and when my spouse was considering a job outside of St. Louis one of the biggest cons was leaving this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2012
My daughter is going into 2nd grade in the French school, and has been attending since kindergarten. We have been extremely pleased with our decision. Her teachers have been great, the administration is responsive, and the curriculum is excellent. Aside from the language piece (which is sort of secondary, because it's not like they are having French lessons all day, they are learning every subject IN French) we have been impressed with the math, art, music and science modules. My daughter has a working understanding of fractions and the water cycle after 1st grade, not to mention SHE IS FLUENT IN FRENCH! Concerns include discipline, but from my discussions with other parents in a variety of school situations is common. I feel they deal very well with situations, encouraging with positive reinforcement. All schools seem to have their hands tied a bit with this issue. We were also concerned with English reading, but an after school book club curtailed our concerns. Our child is now reading English well above grade level. Plenty of other after school activities for very reasonable cost. I would recommend SLLIS to ANY parent. This type of learning really levels the playing field.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2012
^^ Parent leaving 5 star reviews after kid not even starting?? :::I must leave fifteen words here to submit my comment, hopefully this suffices.:::

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2011
My daughter is starting kindergarten next week and we already feel at home. The program is very interactive and we have been preparing for kindergarten since October 2010. I highly recommend SLLIS.

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The French School
4011 Papin St, St. Louis, MO  63110
(314) 533-0975
Last modified The French School is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
The French School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top