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District Highlights

An Exceptional District

  • The Ladue School District comprises all or part of 10 self-governed communities in St. Louis County, and encompasses approximately 19 square miles with a population of more than 27,000 residents. Currently, only 23% of district residents have students currently attending at least one of our schools.
  • The Ladue School District is comprised of an early childhood center, four K-4 elementary schools, a Fifth Grade Center, a middle school and a high school. More than 4,000 students attend our schools, and approximately 900 students receive services through the Ladue Early Childhood Center through programs such as Parents As Teachers, Parents and Children Together and preschool classes.
  • The student body is socio-economically diverse with a graduation rate consistently exceeding 90 percent with 91% of 2023 graduates continuing on to college.
  • The parents and community residents are highly active in the schools and serve as members of Board of Education advisory committees, strategic planning initiatives, task forces and parent organizations.
  • The district experienced a rapid enrollment increase beginning in 2003, with enrollment increasing 23% (nearly 750 students) over the next ten years and exceeding 4,000 students for the first time since 1978 in the 2013-14 school year. On the official 2023 Missouri “Count Day,” the district’s total enrollment was 4,257.
  • The district is enriched by a diverse student population: 54.53% White, 17.12% Asian, 14.51% Black, 8.79% Multiracial, 4.87% Hispanic, and 0.16% American Indian or Alaska Native.
  • There are 65 primary languages spoken in the homes of families with Chinese, Spanish, and Telugu at the top of the list.
  • The district will finish renovation of its four elementary schools and middle school in 2024 thanks to a $126 million bond referendum passed by the community in April 2021.

The demographics of the Ladue School are often surprising to those who are not in our schools on a regular basis.  The following information will help you get to know us better.

Our Vision

Together, we will empower every student to become a passionate learner and achieve their highest potential.

  • Set the standard for academic excellence in education for all students so they may have the foundation upon which to build productive, happy lives.
  • Ensure all students are prepared and inspired to continue learning beyond Ladue Schools to be successful in the highest level attainable of post-secondary education.

Our Mission

We are a community that believes in the limitless possibilities of learning through:

  • Fostering the highest possible level of academic achievement and personal responsibility for each student.
  • Recognizing and respecting all cultures.
  • Challenging all students to excel in ways that nurture their individual talents and skills. 
  • Inspiring each student to become a responsible and contributing member of a global society.
  • Planning for and managing financial resources to allow for the high-quality staff, instructional resources, and facilities required to promote learning.
  • Developing a highly trained, innovative staff that can meet changing student needs.
  • Engaging parents and the community in the success of our students.

Attendance and Graduation

Graduation Rate: 96.6% (Class of 2023)

Graduates attending a 2- or 4-year college/university: 91% (Class of 2023)

Student Attendance Days: 175 days

High School Profile

Teachers & Classrooms

Full-Time Classroom Teachers: 313

Teachers with 10 or More Years of Experience: 198

Teachers with Advanced Degrees (including administrators): 349

Student to Certified Staff (K-12): 12:1

Student to Administrator Staff (K-12): 158:1

Financial Information

Operating Budget: $72.26 million (94% of revenues derived from local sources)

2023 Per Pupil Expenditure: $14,997.13

Students Eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch: 9.31%

Teacher Salary Range: $48,286-$111,741

Average Teacher Salary: $79,975

Percentage of Total Operating Budget for Salaries & Benefits: 75%

Assessed Valuation (as of Dec. 31, 2022): $2,242,395,980

2023-24 Tax Rates:

$2.75 (residential)
$3.14 (commercial)
$2.75 (agricultural)
$3.24 (personal property)

Debt Service: $0.86