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 86% of 2021 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 2021 Missouri “Count Day,” the district’s total enrollment was 4,167.
    • The district is enriched by a diverse student population: 55.58% White, 16.97% Asian, 14.5% Black, 7.76% Multiracial, 4.95% Hispanic, and 0.22% American Indian or Alaska Native.
    • For the 2021-22 school year, the district established an operating budget of $67.6 million, with anticipated revenue of $69.8 million. Of total district revenue, 92 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 and Graduation

  • Graduation Rate: 97.2% (Class of 2021)

    Graduates attending a 2- or 4-year college/university: 86% (Class of 2021)

    Student Attendance Days: 175 days (2021)

    High School Profile (2022-23)


Teachers & Classrooms

  • Full-Time Classroom Teachers: 311

    Teachers with 10 or More Years of Experience: 189

    Teachers with Advanced Degrees (including administrators): 345

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

    Student to Administrator Staff (K-12): 160:1

Financial Information

  • Operating Budget: $67,557,414 million (92% of revenues derived from local sources)
    2021 Per Pupil Expenditure: $14,431.39
    Students Eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch: 9.88%
    Teacher Salary Range: $46,368-$111,360
    Average Teacher Salary: $74,465
    Percentage of Total Operating Budget for Salaries & Benefits: 75%
    Assessed Valuation (as of Dec. 31, 2020): $1,891,621,450

    2021-22 Tax Rates:

    $2.75 (residential)
    $2.9942 (commercial)
    $2.75 (agricultural)
    $3.24 (personal property)

    Debt Service: $0.86