Ladonia Elementary School
Ladonia Elementary School, home of the Tigers, currently has a student population of approximately 430 students, ranging from Pre-K to 5th grade. LES is located on Woodland Drive in Ladonia, Alabama, a small community located in Phenix City.
On the Move!
In the 2018-2019 school year, LES made significant gains in several areas. Our Alabama State Report card improved from a 79/C (2016-17) to 85/B (2017-18). The next report card score is anticipated to be released in December of 2019. Student attendance improved from 94.27% to 95.77% (a full 1.5% improvement), major student discipline incidents dropped by 43% (from 96 to 55), and out of school suspensions also dropped 43% (from 54 to 31). The number of students meeting their annual target growth on the annual Scantron test grew by 7% in reading and 18% in math. We also celebrated two major award winners, as Mrs. Liz Boyte won Russell County Teacher of the Year and 5th grade student, Taylor Harmon, won the Russell County Spelling Bee and represented us in the Alabama State Spelling Bee.
About Ladonia Elementary School
LES is situated along to US Highway 80, a major corridor between several cities. Many businesses and churches in the community are very supportive of the school and have become partners by providing assistance for student supplies and rewards, teacher appreciation events, and volunteers for school activities. The town of Ladonia is not incorporated and consists of a majority of lower income families. Many of these families are transient so enrollment changes at LES throughout the year are common. This transiency along with the low income levels in the area present challenges for the school. LES and the Russell County School District, along with the Russell County Courthouse and Russell County Commission work diligently together to provide all students from our area with a great educational experience.
The population at LES is comprised of students from a variety of ethnicities and families from various socioeconomic status. A large percentage of families at LES fall below the poverty line, and the school is provided with federal funding as a Title I school. All students at LES receive breakfast and lunch at no cost to them. The majority of the students at LES utilize bus transportation to and from school daily. The school's principal is in his second year in that position (serving for three years prior at LES as assistant principal) and the assistant principal is in her second year in that position (she served for 19 years at LES as a classroom teacher, reading coach and reading intervention teacher).
Ladonia's faculty and staff consists of 22 classroom teachers, four special needs teachers, one reading specialist, two gifted teachers, one speech pathologist, one counselor, one media specialist, one part-time ELL instructor, one full-time and one part-time PE coach, one nurse, six paraprofessionals, five lunchroom staff, six bus drivers, two custodians, one secretary and one bookkeeper. All certified faculty are designated as highly qualified. The average level of experience among teachers is over 19 years. The faculty and staff are a strong attribute of the school community and their longevity of service contributes to the success the school has achieved.