I have 2 children enrolled in the Spanish School now, and my oldest completed 5th grade last year. I love the rigorous IB curriculum, which asks big questions and challenges them to think and learn. I was amazed to learn at our recent teacher conferences that both of our kids are reading above grade level...in both English and Spanish! The teachers are so dedicated and wonderful, and Directora Arlene is amazing.
I have two kids at the Spanish School and we absolutely love it. They are recieving an excellent education and learning a second language. The teachers are warm and dedicated and the Head of School does an amazing job maintaining high standards for her students and staff. My kids love coming to school everyday and they are excited to learn. This school provides an amazing opportunity for the kids of St. Louis.
The Spanish learning is excellent. Though some teachers are outstanding, most teachers are normal/average, good, but not great. The the leadership at the school level has proven excellent and reliable. If we can stabilize the organization in the way the head of school is stable, we will be in good shape.
They are all excellent at making students proficient at speaking and reading Spanish at grade level. Some are great teachers, and improve kids' reading and math levels beyond grade level. Some are average/good, and they are not making outstanding gains in kids reading.math levels.
The Spanish School has made amazing improvements over the years. My eldest child graduated 5th grade there and is succeeding at a gifted middle school and my youngest is currently in third grade and loves it! Students are challenged not only to learn another language, but also to inquire and ask questions about their world. Students are exposed to many different cultures and people from all over the world. I am continually impressed with what the Spanish School has created and offered, despite all the challenges of being an under-funded, charter school.