Leon is the county seat of Decatur County, Iowa and is home to the Central Decatur Community School District, which covers 60% of the county with 750 students. These students average an ACT score of 25 and graduate over 95% of each class. Aside from academics, the district offers many extracurricular activities including student clubs, football, volleyball, basketball, track, golf, baseball/softball and wrestling.
Central Decatur was also awarded a Federal Teacher Incentive Fund grant to work with the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching to implement the System for Teacher and Student Advancement (the TAP System). Central Decatur is one of only two school districts in the state to offer this progressive program that strengthens teacher leadership and support systems in schools.