The Ladue Education Foundation (LEF) has embarked on a capital campaign in support of the proposed renovation of the Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) with the following objectives:

·         To increase the quality and value of educational experiences for each and every student by making more opportunities available for learning and preparation for life.

·         To keep our district in a position of educational leadership by providing an environment that enables teachers to do their very best work while strengthening the district’s long-standing ability to hire and retain top-notch teachers in an increasingly competitive hiring environment.

·         To shape the future of the Ladue School District, as the high school renovation project will set the standard for years to come.

·         To serve as a model for what can be accomplished through a concentrated effort combining both public funding and private influence.

We are thrilled to have a lead gift of $1,000,000 pledged by three Ladue Schools families!  Dana and Barry Sandweiss, Julie and Tim Stern, and Nicky and Scott Stern have combined to make this incredibly generous pledge. Comprised of several Ladue alumni, these current district families have taken a leadership role in ensuring the excellence of our schools for the benefit of all the students and teachers, as well as the entire community. We are grateful!
Here is how you can help:
Donate directly:
You can make an online donation using your credit card. Your payment will be made through our secure online system. Link to online donation form. If you prefer to mail a donation to the LEF, please send a check or credit card information along with the donation form. Link to donation form
Learn more:
Details on the proposed LHWHS renovation:
Attend the community forum on Monday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the LHWHS Cafeteria.  Tours will be available.


The Ladue Education Foundation has the power to unite our community in support of building an extraordinary, world-class public education system right here at home. The Ladue School District has been recognized nationally for its commitment to excellence, but tax dollars alone are not enough to keep the district on the leading edge of educational opportunities for the thousands of students in our region.

With the support of the community through the Ladue Education Foundation, our students can be fully prepared to become leaders locally and nationally in ways that can change the world.

The Ladue Education Foundation advances the excellence of the Ladue School District by expanding opportunities for extraordinary student success.

The Foundation provides for world-class teaching and learning across all disciplines and seeks to do the following:

  • To foster bold innovative thinking and new ideas.

  • To increase opportunities for experiential learning and critical thinking.

  • To develop access to tools, resources, and business and community partnerships for real life experiences.

  • To create a passion for life-long learning.

  • To advance innovative teaching and best practices.

The Ladue Education Foundation (LEF) is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 foundation formed in 2006 that enables individuals and organizations to support extraordinary student achievement at all levels in Ladue Schools through tax-deductible donations.