Top High Schools in the Minneapolis, MN Metro (page 3)

Top High Schools in the Minneapolis, MN Metro

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Updated on Sep 20, 2011


Mahtomedi Senior High School

Mahtomedi Public School District


College-preparation is the main focus at Mahtomedi High School, where 96 percent of the students head to college after graduation. Through 17 different AP course offerings and college credits available through the College in the Schools program, students have many opportunities to graduate with college credits already under their belt.

The school has an engineering focus and all students take a Principal of Engineering course during their stay at Mahtomedi. The school also works with local business, including 3M, and students use innovative engineering technology to learn design, robotics and animation.

Athletics are an important part of school culture, but students whose interests lay off the playing field can find opportunities in other clubs, such as the state-ranked debate team. The school's spirit club is also popular, and many students who don't play sports are members.

Mahtomedi high closely watches their students by tracking data for grades, attendance and behavior. “When we notice there is a change in any of these areas, we immediately intervene to find out what is going on,” said Principal Kathe Nickleby. “Being able to track the data has been made a significant difference in being able to help individual students.”



Maple Grove Senior High School

Osseo Public School District


While Maple Grove Senior High School is a large school, the students, teachers, and staff view themselves as part of a the “Crimson Family.” The students helped develop the core values for the school, the Crimson Way, which is used to guide the school. Maple Grove Senior High School is a three year high school and offers 10th, 12th and 11th grades.


Students can select from over 200 different courses and are offered many AP and honors-level classes. The College in the Schools program and dual enrollment allows students to graduate with college credits, while the advisory program, Foundations, helps prepare students for life after high school. The teachers provide students with a varied curriculum that enables them to participate in the community.


Over 100 different extracurricular activities are offered and students can choose from many athletic teams. The fine arts program is a source pride and has won many recent awards.


“Every student and staff member is respected, valued and is an important contributor to the well-being of the family,” said Principal Sara Vernig.



Math & Science Academy

Math & Science Academy School District


The Math & Science Academy, whose mascot is the “Fighting Calculator,” provides driven students with opportunities to study high level science and math. The school, which has sixth through 12th grades, is a public charter school and admission is through lottery, although it often has a waiting list.


To graduate from the academy, each student must complete math courses through calculus and take high-level science courses including biology, chemistry and physics. The school has high ACT scores, an almost perfect graduation rate, and over 90 percent of students go to college.


The school is not all academically focused, however, and students are encouraged to participate in sports, activities and clubs. The school offers MSHL level baseball and cross-country in addition to club level sports, such as basketball. Performing arts help nurture the students' artistic sides through a theater program, orchestra and jazz band. Other popular clubs include the National Honor Society, Student Council, and Academic Triathlon.


An activity with which we take a great deal of pride in is our robotics team,” said Paul Simone , principal of the Math & Science Academy. “The Robotics team is competitive on a state level and provides hands on experience for students.”



Minnetonka Senior High School

Minnetonka Public School District


Minnetonka Senior High School emphasizes a combination of rigorous academic instruction, leadership, and service.

An innovative health program, In Better Health, provides each student with four years of health education. Students can enroll in the International Studies program to connect with a student partner through technology at a school in another country, including Russia, the Netherlands, and Chile. Many of the students get a chance to meet their partners either by visiting their country or hosting the student in Minnesota.

Both students who are struggling with writing and those who are passionate about the subject benefit from the formal writing center on campus. Each classroom is equipped with the latest technology, and the school boasts top-notch athletic facilities, including a domed football field and an AstroTurf baseball field. If sports aren't your thing, there are over 100 clubs and activities available, including DECA, a knitting club and The Duct Tape Club.

“We pride ourselves on being a big school that seems like a small school. At Minnetonka, students are respected and teachers take the time to get to know their students,” said Principal Dave Adney.



Mounds View Senior High School

Mounds View Public School District


At Mounds View Senior High School's athletic events and school programs, it is common to see alumnae and community members sitting in the stands. The school pride is evident from the strong parent support, community involvement and student participation in school activities.

 Academics are top priority and high performing students can earn college credit through many AP courses, the College in the Schools program, and the Minnesota Post-Secondary Enrollment Option program. All juniors are provided ACT preparation at Mounds View, where students are driven to succeed and the majority go to a post secondary school after earning their diploma.

 The school encourages students to participate in the many extracurricular activities. Many academic teams, such as the Science Olympiad, Math Team and Speech program have been recognized nationally.

 The school’s music programs, including the orchestra, choir and marching band, have excellent reputations in the community. The annual holiday concert was recently expanded to two performances due to community demand.

 “We have an array of offerings at the school and have something for just about everyone. We encourage excellence in the classroom as well as strong participation in activities,” said principal Julie Wikelius.



Orono Senior High School

Orono Public School District


While students often describe the academics at Orono Senior High School as “rigorous,” the school also provides time for students to have fun and explore their interests.

Thanks to strong teacher commitments to extracurricular activities, students have many groups and clubs to choose from, including the popular band. In addition to traditional courses, such as engineering, journalism and business, students can also take anthropology, historical perspective and world language courses. Students gain real-world experience through the stock market game and debate clubs, and there are many opportunities to earn college credits through AP courses and college classes.

 Since Orono Senior High is a smaller than others in the area, students have the opportunity for plenty of personal attention from teachers. Teaching students to be leaders is a priority and students have the opportunity to plan many campus events, such as Winter Feast, theater productions and the blood drive.

 “I think Orono High School is one of the best because of our students,” said Principal Benson. “You can’t have a great school without great students. They recognize and take advantage of their opportunities.”



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