Top High Schools in the Minneapolis, MN Metro
Below are profiles featuring the top 18 high schools in the Minneapolis Metropolitan Area. In order to be featured as a Top High School, the school must have a 2010 Education.com TestRating of 10 out of 10. The TestRating compares a school's standardized test scores for a given year with scores from other schools in the same state. Find your school and see how it compares.
Centennial Public School District
Centennial Senior provides students with a wide variety of opportunities from champion sports teams to challenging academic programs. In the past decade the population at the school has doubled due to growth in the area, causing the school to have two separate buildings in different locations.
With a four-period block schedule and 85 minute classes, students have the opportunity to focus more on their courses. Over 80 electives are offered, which allows students to pursue unique interests in subjects such as woodworking and video production. The school offers a full-range of athletic programs and boasts recent success in girl’s basketball and wrestling.
The Centennial Honors Program offers Post Secondary Education Option (PSEO), AP courses, honors courses, and College in the Schools (CIS). Students can also take college courses through the University of MN and Anoka Ramsey Community College. After graduation, 75 to 85 percent of the students head to a post-secondary school.
The school's philosophy is: "Centennial High School will foster successful learners in an ever-changing world."
Delano Public School District
At Delano High School, academics take top priority and the staff works to make sure that both students who are struggling and those needing an additional challenge succeed on campus.
Through the School-Within-A-School program, students who are at risk for not graduating attend a one-room schoolhouse-type classroom, which helps them focus on academics, community service, and part-time work.
The College in the Schools program allows top performing students to earn up to 36 college credits through a partnership with three area universities without having to leave the high school campus. Another option for college work is available through online college courses at four year institutions, technical colleges, and two-year colleges. Delano High School also offers Advanced Placement Biology and American History for 10th through 12th graders, and the on-campus career center gives students a place to learn about careers, post-secondary options, and meet with college representatives.
The small class sizes at Delano provides students with focused attention from teachers and the block scheduling of classes also allows for more in-depth studies. “We have created a culture of accountability and we take responsibility for every single one of our students,” said Schoen. “Our students also support each other and hold each other accountable.”