As principal of Soldan International Studies High School, I am pleased to welcome you to our website and share with you a brief history of our school, some of our activities, and a few recent accomplishments.
Soldan International Studies High School is located in the historic “central west end” area of St. Louis. The school is less than one half mile from beautiful Forest Park, the site of the 1904 Worlds Fair.
Since its founding in 1909, Soldan has never experienced such a drastic change as that which occurred during 1993. It was during this year that Soldan International Studies High School opened its doors to become a magnet school focusing on International Studies. This was certainly a memorable day as students and staff members representing more than 25 countries moved into the newly renovated 84 year old Gothic Tudor Revival building.
Since that time, our school population has become more diverse with English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) representing more than 35 percent of our student population. We have specialized staff to accommodate our programs and activities. Students are provided quality instruction and experience through a variety of specialty programs, field trips, clubs, sports, and activities. Soldan offers courses in several foreign languages (Russian, French, German, Chinese, Arabic and Spanish) in addition to the regular course selection. Examples of other specialized courses include Global and Cultural Studies, War and Peace, and Law.
The School’s mission, focus and goals are to provide a strong, exemplary, interdisciplinary instructional program emphasizing high academic achievement. The magnet focus is world languages, world cultures and global awareness, which enable students to develop skills in problem solving, critical thinking, technology, and language proficiency.
Graduates of the Soldan International Studies High School will demonstrate an appreciation for cultural diversity and will be prepared to serve as responsible, productive citizens in the global society in which they live.
Parent, alumni, and community involvement is central to our efforts and we continue to expand our collaborative relationships with businesses and universities. We have existing partnerships with Nike, National City Bank, Rebuild Together St. Louis, St. Louis University, Southeast Missouri State University, Harris Stowe State University, Webster University, and the University of Missouri.
There is also a tradition of excellence in athletics at Soldan. Boys' soccer and girls' track and field rank among the top sports. Soldan also has a variety of other extracurricular activities which includes an award winning Model United Nations Club, Choir, Band, and an outstanding Speech and Debate team coached by the 2008 SLPS teacher of the year.
In closing, I must say that Soldan International Studies High School is truly a high school on the move. We will continue to prosper and meet the challenges of this changing world through the efforts and commitment of our staff and those who share our goals.
Dr. Thomas Cason, Principal