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Ladue Horton Watkins High School

Public | 9-12 | 1140 students

 
 

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14 reviews of this school


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Posted September 27, 2013

We have had excellent experiences at Spoede Elementary, the middle school and the high school. No negatives. Moved in from Rockwood Schools in West County. They are also great, but from our experience, Ladue is far superior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2013

Despite this website's rating of 7 out of 10, it is labelled second in the state elsewhere. Its ACT score compare favorably with John Burroughs, and the tuition is considerably less expensive, even if one is to pay out of pocket! As a former employee of the district, I am aware of the 24/7 mentality common to the faculty, and the predominance of professionals (doctors, lawyers, professors, business executives) among the parent populations whose expectations extremely high, even unrealistic at times. Our two children who are old enough to have graduated from Ladue Horton Watkins High School were admitted to the select Washington University of St. Louis, so called "Ivy League of the Midwest".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2012

Outstanding high school. Very strong selection of AP courses; our children had especially good experiences in social studies. Great clubs, activities, supportive atmosphere. I agree with the previous parent about the misleading math MAP scores. (Site should fix this.) As a college educator, I was delighted to send my children to this school. Students are well prepared for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2012

Excellent school with a very challenging curriculum but with very misleading Math MAP scores! GreatSchools.org gives LHWHS a lower score of "7" partly because of its low math test scores. It does not explain how the vast majority of Ladue students take the Algebra MAP test in 8th grade so the only ones taking the test in high school are an unrepresentative and small number of lower performing students. Ignore the Math test score results listed here, they are meaningless! If you want to see what the math scores are for the actual student body look at the numbers for Ladue Middle School. I've seen the typical student body in my son's classes and to think only 15%, 24% or even 34% of them are proficient in math is laughable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2012

Best school in St. Louis, county great curricula, staff not only academics but also sports, from Elementary through high school . I have one graduate son , a Junior one in middle, and two in elementary , all great schools in the Ladue school district
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2011

I graduated from Ladue along with my three sisters and brother. We are all bachelors graduates from universities. Two of us have masters degrees and one with a doctorate. Three of us have sent our own four of us have sent our own children through the district, I think that is the best testament, "repeat business"! Foreign languages unmatched at any private or public school around. Athletics and other extra curricular activities abound, always top rated forensics and other academic award winners. Enthusiastic teachers and tremendous parent support make the Ladue school district simply the best. Check it out for yourself!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2010

This is the best public school you can ask for especially in St. Louis. The sports teams are great as well as the academics where most schools in the area you get one or the other.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 15, 2009

I wish the communication was a little better between the staff and parents. Some teachers and staff haven't returned emails nor have some been prompt in keeping Infinite Campus up-to-date (online grade reporting). Other than that we have been pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2008

A great school if you are a middle of the road student or lower. Even with all the AP courses, etc. I felt that I was completely unprepared for college. I graduated Ladue with a 3.99 GPA and scored 4s and 5s on all my AP tests. However, I felt that the coursework was so easy that I never had to study on my own the entire time I was in the Ladue district (from K-12). There is no gifted program and the administrators don't seem to care about their smartest students. My friends who attended Chaminade, MICDS, JB, etc. all had much better high school experiences and felt that they got a lot more out of their high school education than I did. My experience is similar to friends who attended public schools that rate much lower than Ladue. In my opinion, Ladue is way overrated.


Posted October 9, 2007

Ladue did an excellent job of preparing me for college. The teachers were top notch and the variety of classes/activities was unmatched by most St. Louis schools, even the private ones.


Posted April 27, 2007

Money does help - Ladue is a wealthy public school district - and the community is committed to supporting the district. Pro's: Tremendous resources all around. Top notch instructors. Outstanding in the arts especially orchestra, band, and drama. Some of the most responsible financial administration I've ever seen. Con's: If you're not wealthy (a lot of the kids aren't) there is a definite social penalty that sometimes must be paid. Some kids suffer in this class struggle, some are oblivious to it - but it does exist.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2006

I am a graduate of Ladue, '83. I now send my kids through the Ladue School District. My husband couldn't understand how important it was for us to find a home in the district.( He obviously is not from around these parts) And, in the land of 'Where did you go to school' not meaning your University, rather your High School, he clearly understands it now. When I went to my University, Mizzou, my friends would say, 'Ladue, that's a private school, isn't it'? I told them, 'No, but it sure seemed like it, just better'. There is diversity in not only the numerous course offerings(American Black Lit., Hebrew, not to mention AP courses) but in the student and teacher population. I'm impressed with how they have always welcomed and encouraged parent involvement and that can only lead to a brighter educational atmosphere. I am proud to say I went to Ladue's Horton Watkins High School. I know my kids will feel the same way! I certainly don't want this to sound like this review is just 'school pride', I truly do feel proud and with good reason. Check it out if you're looking for an excellent education ( athletics, theater, etc.) in the public or private school scene in St. Louis, Mo. Repeat business is always a great indicator of how well a business is. I run into former students all the time at open houses and conferences and sporting activities (they are all parents) and that's just the people I knew in high school. I can't imagine how many other former students have been and are now parents in the district. That speaks volumes!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2005

This school is amazing. Honestly, I was prepared so well for college, and the advisors are amazing. When I was going through family problems and started attending school much less than normal, instead of just suspending me, the principal called me into his office and would excuse me on days I couldn't come to school because my mother wouldnt. I was very fortunate to attend this high school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 21, 2003

I feel so fortunate to have attended Ladue High School (1984-1988). It prepared me well for college and beyond. The breadth and depth of the curriculum--now that I look back--was absolutely amazing, especially compared to the stories I hear from my friends about the public high schools they attended.


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 57% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
12%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
34%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 54% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

320 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
62%
English

The state average for English was 60% in 2013.

302 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II

The state average for English II was 69% in 2013.

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
88%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 61% in 2013.

276 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
72%
Government

The state average for Government was 54% in 2013.

345 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
80%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 47% in 2013.

303 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments to test high school students in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English I, English II, American History, Government, and Biology. The EOC Assessments are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Missouri for each subject. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Algebra I

All Students12%
Black3%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White18%
Free or reduced-price lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Algebra II

All Studentsn/a
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a

Biology

All Students81%
Black49%
Asian/Pacific Islander82%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Free or reduced-price lunch56%
Students with disabilities61%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

English

All Students85%
Black62%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Free or reduced-price lunch59%
Students with disabilities53%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

English II

All Students82%
Black46%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Free or reduced-price lunch48%
Students with disabilities67%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Geometry

All Students52%
Black25%
Hispanicn/a
White61%
Free or reduced-price lunch25%
Students with disabilities21%

Government

All Students78%
Black54%
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Free or reduced-price lunch57%
Students with disabilities47%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

U.S. History

All Students64%
Black40%
Asian/Pacific Islander71%
Hispanicn/a
White69%
Free or reduced-price lunch41%
Students with disabilities39%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments to test high school students in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English I, English II, American History, Government, and Biology. The EOC Assessments are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Missouri for each subject. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; data is not reported if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 65% 74%
Black 17% 17%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 2%
Hispanic 4% 5%
Two or more races 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 12%N/A45%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1201 South Warson Rd
St. Louis, MO 63124
Phone: (314) 993-6447

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