Get to Know the Ladue School District

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: 178 days (2016)
Graduation Rate: 98.4% (Class of 2016)
Graduates attending a 2- or 4-year college/university – 91% (Class of 2016)

Financial Information (2016)

2016 Per Pupil Expenditure: $15,147.21
Students Eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch (2016-17): 10.5%
Teacher Salary Range: $42,449-$110,067
Average Teacher Salary: $67,992
Percentage of Total Operating Budget for Salaries & Benefits: 75.86%
Assessed Valuation (as of Dec. 31, 2016): $1,527,739,010

2016-17 Tax Rates:


$3.1645 (residential)
$3.1395 (commercial)
$3.2390 (agricultural)
$3.24 (personal property)

Debt Service: $0.78

Teachers & Classrooms (2016-17)

Full-Time Classroom Teachers: 293
Teachers with 10 or More Years of Experience: 247
Teachers with Advanced Degrees: 286
Student to Certified Staff (K-12): 12:1
Student to Administrator Staff (K-12): 172:1

ACT Test Scores (Class of 2016)

% Tested Composite English Math Reading Science
Ladue 99% 25.6 26 24.5 26.3 25
Missouri 20.2 19.7 19.8 20.6 20.4
National 20.8 20.1 20.6 20.3 20.8

SAT Test Scores (Class of 2016)

Critical Mean Math Mean Writing Mean
Ladue 647 647 649
Missouri 596 599 582
National 496 514 488

Ladue Early Childhood Center

Approximately 850 students from 600 families receive services through the center through programs such as Parents As Teachers, Parents and Children Together and preschool classes.

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 student body is socio-economically diverse with a graduation rate consistently exceeding 90 percent with 91% of 2016 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 2016 Missouri “Count Day,” the district’s total enrollment was 4,130.
  • For the 2016-17 school year, the district’s operating budget is estimated to be approximately $61.2 million, with anticipated revenue estimated at $61.5 million. Of total district revenue, 91 percent is derived from local sources, the majority of which comes from property taxes.

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.

  • 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 has five Blue Ribbon Schools (two schools have been recognized twice) and three Gold Star Schools (two schools have been recognized twice).
  • 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 and 2016, 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.