Get to Know the Ladue School District

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 850 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 2020 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 2020 Missouri “Count Day,” the district’s total enrollment was 4,164.
  • The district is enriched by a diverse student population: 55.64% White, 16.93% Asian, 14.79% Black, 7.56% Multiracial, 4.9% Hispanic, and 0.14% American Indian or Alaska Native.
  • For the 2020-21 school year, the district established an operating budget of $71.909 million, with anticipated revenue of $65.704 million. Of total district revenue, 94 percent is derived from local sources, the majority of which comes from property taxes.
  • A complete renovation of Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) concluded in 2018, with final touches put on the Nielson Gym and new stadium complex over the summer, allowing high school teams to play under the lights on their home field for the first time in school history. The project was funded through an $85.1 million bond referendum passed in April 2016.
  • During the summer of 2019, safety and security features were updated and major building infrastructure systems were improved at the Fifth Grade Center.

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.

Attendance & Graduation

Student Attendance Days: 175 days (2020)
Graduation Rate: 97.2% (Class of 2020)
Graduates attending a 2- or 4-year college/university – 91% (Class of 2020)

Financial Information (2020)

Operating Budget: $71.909 million (94% of revenues derived from local sources)
2020 Per Pupil Expenditure: $17,442
Students Eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch: 9.88%
Teacher Salary Range: $45,928-$108,583
Average Teacher Salary: $72,767
Percentage of Total Operating Budget for Salaries & Benefits: 68.44%
Assessed Valuation (as of Dec. 31, 2019): $1,869,741,100

2020-21 Tax Rates:

$2.7697 (residential)
$2.75 (commercial)
$2.75 (agricultural)
$3.24 (personal property)

Debt Service: $0.78

Teachers & Classrooms (2020-21)

Full-Time Classroom Teachers: 321
Teachers with 10 or More Years of Experience: 193
Teachers with Advanced Degrees (including administrators): 340
Student to Certified Staff (K-12): 12:1
Student to Administrator Staff (K-12): 167:1

ACT Test Scores (Class of 2020)

% Tested Composite English Math Reading Science
Ladue 87% 27.1 26.6 25.1 26.1 25.7
Missouri 20.4 20.3 20.2 21.3 20.8
National 20.8 20.1 20.4 21.2 20.6

SAT Test Scores (Class of 2020)

Critical Reading/Writing Mean Math Mean
Ladue 680 655
Missouri 495 610
National 495 510


Distinctions & Recognitions

The Ladue School District is widely recognized as one of the premier public school districts in the nation, whether it be for the caliber of the teaching, the hard work and character of our students and staff, or for transparent and conscientious district management.

  • In 2019, the Ladue School District was recognized as a 2019 State District of Character.
  • The district has five National Blue Ribbon Schools (three schools have been recognized twice) and three Missouri Gold Star Schools (two schools have been recognized twice).
  • The district has two National Schools of Character: Ladue Middle School (2014) and Reed Elementary School (2018).
  • The district has two State Schools of Character: Ladue Middle School (2019) and Ladue Early Childhood Center (2019).
  • The district has earned the prestigious “Distinction in Performance” Award from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) each year the award has been given since 2001.
  • For the past 20 years, the National Merit Program has recognized approximately 10 percent of the members of each graduating class as a finalist, semifinalist or commended student.
  • The district holds a AAA rating from Standard and Poor’s and is one of the few public school districts in Missouri, and one of less than 100 in the nation, to hold this designation.
  • In 2014, 2016 and 2019, the Ladue School District was recognized as one of St. Louis’ Top Workplaces based on the results of an employee survey conducted by Workplace Dynamics.

For more information about the district’s recognitions, or to peruse recent initiatives and historic milestones, please visit the District History page.