The Spanish School Wins Recognition from the Embassy of Spain

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: RACHEL D’SOUZA‐SIEBERT

314‐633‐8318

Rachel.dsouza‐siebert@sllis.org http://www.sllis.org

The Spanish School Wins Recognition from the Embassy of Spain  St. Louis, Missouri (May 8, 2013)– On May 8, 2013 The Education Office of the Embassy of Spain announced that it will honor The Spanish School(TSS), an elementary program of St. Louis Language Immersion Schools, Inc., with 3rd Place in the “2013 Award For Academic Excellence in Spanish: School of the Year Competition ”.Over 30 schools from all over the U.S. applied for consideration.

This competition is organized by the Education Office of the Embassy of Spain in the United States. The purpose of the competition is to contribute to the positive image of Spain internationally, reinforce Spanish as a target language within the U.S., acknowledge schools in which students achieve high competency in Spanish language through the use of Content & Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) methodology, and enhance communication between the Education Office and school communities to better serve the needs of students and teachers. It is open to public, private, and charter schools in the U.S.; serving elementary, middle, or high school students. Along with national recognition, The Spanish School will also receive a $1500 award.

“This is a huge win for our community. Every adult in The Spanish School plays a key role in promoting Spanish language to create more bilingual, global citizens. Our children love speaking Spanish and take great pride in showing the greater community that everyone can be bilingual,” says Rhonda Broussard, Founder and President of St. Louis Language Immersion Schools.

TSS is committed to developing responsible and caring citizens, while teaching a second language and culture. TSS strives to form life-long learners and provide social-emotional and intellectual development. Teachers, parents and community members provide encouragement, respect, and opportunities to foster student success in our ever-changing global economy and multicultural society. Currently, TSS serves 360 students in grades K-4 and will grow to 5th grade next year. For the first time since opening in 2009, TSS enrollment went to lottery, as demand overwhelmed the number of seats available.

“Parents have made a wise decision in giving this immersion language education to their children. Our students are enjoying the journey with an open mind about the language, culture, and the world. The Spanish School demonstrates their professionalism, compromise, and dedication in making a difference in our students’ lives every day,” shares Arlene Galve Salgado, Head of TSS. “Learning Spanish and learning through Spanish is something that is challenging our students and is a source of pride.”

St. Louis Language Immersion Schools (SLLIS) is a network of public charter schools in St. Louis, Missouri, classified as a 501(c)(3) non‐profit organization. SLLIS’ mission is to position all children for success in local and global economies through holistic, intellectually inspiring language immersion programs. SLLIS offers tuition free, full-day immersion education in Spanish, French, & Mandarin. Next year, SLLIS will serve over 900 students. SLLIS’ vision for the community is to strengthen the pipeline of creative, culturally astute leaders prepared for success in post-secondary education institutions; to increase St. Louis’ visibility as a preferred community in which to live, work and raise a family by preparing students to prevail in global economic competition; and to promote intercultural dialogue, altruism and civic pride.

The Education Office is a technical body of the Diplomatic Mission of Spain to the U.S. and Canada. Its headquarters are located at the Embassy of Spain in Washington, D.C. The Education Office forms part of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain’s foreign offices network spread over five continents and is in charge of implementing in the U.S. and Canada Spain’s foreign education policies.

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