Top High Schools in the Minneapolis, MN Metro (page 2)
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.”
Eden Prairie Public School District
With a focus on academic excellence and school spirit, Eden Prairie provides many opportunities to explore interests in the classroom, after school, and on the sports fields.
Block scheduling allows for additional electives, such as architecture, jewelry making, and world drumming. Students who enjoy the outdoors can also take classes in camping, canoeing and climbing. In addition to having championship winning athletic teams, intramural sports are very popular and often draw large crowds.
Students can choose from a wide variety of traditional and specialty clubs, such as the German club, service club, Japanese animation and Break Dancing club. In addition to helping students make the most of their high school years, the school helps prepare students for their next step by offering internships and opportunities to work with the local Chamber of Commerce.
Nancy Lagermeier, PTO president at Eden Prairie, said that the school has a high-level of parent involvement and that during recent budget cutbacks, many parents volunteered to staff resource rooms. “There is a pervasive culture of acceptance – all kinds of kids are in the school community and for the most part everyone can feel accepted.”
Edina Public School District
School spirit is high at Edina Senior High School, where over 90 percent of the students participate in a sports team or club. The school's athletic program has recently been selected by Sports Illustrated one of the top programs in the country and has over 140 state championships.
The Edina Senior High School offers a college preparatory curriculum and students can select from many honors and AP level courses. In addition, the school offers eight different languages, including Japanese, Chinese, American Sign Language, and a French Immersion program.
A wide variety of extracurricular activities are available, such as the Debate team, several foreign language clubs, and award-winning publications. Students can also participate in one of the 15 clubs that are part of the Youth Serving Youth program, which helps build student leadership through community service and social issue awareness.
The music program has a wide variety of bands, choruses and ensembles to choose from and has received state and national recognition, including being selected as a GRAMMY Signature school for several years.
Principal Bruce Locklear writes on the school website, “We want to provide an environment where students are excited to be and, more importantly, feel as though they belong to a larger community.”
Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District
While Eagan High School boasts high test schools, the administration stresses to the students that the arts and athletics are also important. The school's rigorous curriculum is includes 14 AP courses, College in the Schools, and college courses taught on campus. To make sure that each student feels like a part of the large school, each student meets daily with homeroom teacher.
Over 48 activities are offered including Mock Trial, Science Olympiad and choral programs. The Speech and Debate team is often competing at the national level and has won many honors. The Forensics program has also received national recognition and is known for being one of the best in the nation.
Athletic teams are competitive at the state level and there are many sport available to students. The school is especially proud of their drama program and was recently one of the first high schools to perform the musical “Hairspray.” Many Eagan High School students have gone on to study musical theater in college or professionally.
“We focus on the three A’s to our students – arts, academics and athletics, and we do all three really well,” said Principal Polly Reikowski.
Bloomington Public School District
Jefferson High School provides its students with many leadership opportunities and empower them to make a difference on campus. Each spring, students attend a retreat to help set the priorities for the next school year, and have led the efforts to remodel parts of the building. The students have even created a Cyber Café in the Media Center, which provides a place in which students can access the Internet and collaborate with teachers and other students on projects.
Students can participate in over 200 unique different clubs, such as the chocolate eating club, and those who do not find a group can start their own. Musically-inclined students can participate in the award-winning programs like choir, orchestra and band, and showcase their talents at the widely attended Christmas concert for the community. Athletics also play a big part in the school and many teams often compete on the state level.
Principal Chad Duwenhoegger encourages any parent interested in the school to contact him directly with questions and to come visit the school. “Our students play a large part in making Jefferson Senior High School the great school that it is,” said Duwenhoegger.
Lakeville Public School District
Lakeville North High School students benefit from experienced teachers, state of the art technology and personalized attention from the staff.
The teachers at Lakeville are highly educated. Over 55 percent hold advanced degrees and over 60 percent have taught for more than 10 years. To ensure consistency contact between students, parents and the school, each student is assigned to a dean, who they go to for career assistance, discipline issues, and counseling.
Students have access to the latest technology with a fiber optic network and wireless Internet installed throughout the school. The school has a full rooster of athletic teams and has recently won state championships in competitive cheerleading, girl’s basketball, and girl’s volleyball.
The school's philosophy is detailed on their website: “Lakeville High School North is committed to creating a community that instills integrity and challenges students to reach their maximum individual potential.”
Lakeville Public School District
Lakeville South High provides a college-preparatory experience for students in the constantly growing town of Lakeville. Students can select from a wide-variety of AP courses and honor level classes, and multiple electives are available for students to pursue other areas of interest, such as business and consumer science.
The school's facilities are well-designed and include an athletic and fitness center with top of the line equipment. Technology is integrated throughout the facility and is used during classroom instruction whenever possible. The school has a thorough career center and colleges often visit the school to meet with prospective students.
Students can choose from a full array of extracurricular activities, including Science Olympiad and Anime, which is a Japanese form of animation. The performing arts program features various drama programs, a band, and choir. The school also has an active National Honor Society for students with a GPA over 3.7.
The school has a history of winning athletic state championships, including a recent championship by the boy’s basketball team and girl’s downhill skiing. The wrestling program has also produced many state championships. An intramural basketball league provides students with an opportunity for less competitive play.
The school's mission is to, “foster well-rounded, lifelong learners who will contribute meaningfully to a diverse global society.”