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The French School5
Posted March 10, 2015
- a parent
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.