Top High Schools in the Minneapolis, MN Metro (page 4)

Top High Schools in the Minneapolis, MN Metro

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St. Anthony Village Senior High School

St. Anthony-New Brighton Schools School District


With a student body of around 500 students, St. Anthony Village Senior High School has a close-knit community where teachers are able to get to know their students. Students can select from over 37 AP courses and many additional honors level courses are offered.


While the school partners with another area high school for some sports, the school offers a number of teams and the baseball team has won recent state championships. The academic teams are very competitive as well -- The Knowledge Bowl team has won a number of championships and the Science Bowl team also performs at a high level. The Robotics Club is popular and is very competitive in regional and national competitions.


The performing art programs, such as music and drama, receive high marks from parents. Students can also choose from a list of activities such as the Speech team, Mock Trial, and National Honor Society.



Stillwater Senior High School

Stillwater Area Public School District


Instead of learning simply from textbooks, teachers at Stillwater Senior High School provide students with relevant learning experiences. Throughout the day, students participate in activities at the environmental learning center, such as working with Peregrine Falcons, building an igloo, or working with wildlife.

Students can choose from 24 different clubs and 34 varsity level sports. The athletic teams have had great success and have brought home over 55 state championships over the years in various sports. The music program includes nationally renowned bands and orchestra.

Stillwater focuses both on students who are heading to college after graduation and those who are going to pursue a technical or vocational career. College-bound students can selected from a variety of honors and AP classes. Other students can take technical classes that offer real world experience and training through internships and partnerships with the community.

“What sets our school apart is the quality of our teachers and the academic experiences that we provide. I think that we have really good kids at our school and they perform at a high level,” said Principal Dr. Ryan Laager.



Wayzata High School


Wayzata Public School District


Although Wayzata High School is a large high school, the staff prides itself on helping each student find their own place. Through 27 different AP courses, the school has created an impressive academic environment that produced 36 National Merit Scholars in 2010. To help maintain high test scores and prepare students for further schooling, each student is required to take four years of math and four years of science for graduation.


Principal Mike Trewick said that students who excel in a specific academic or athletic area are able to compete at the highest level. Athletics are an important part of Wayzata High School and many teams, including football, hockey and girls soccer, have competed for top state honors in recent years.


Trewick said that for being such a large school, it has very few discipline issues and the students, staff and teachers keep the school running like a small city.


“We have great kids, great community support, and family support. That’s what makes for a wonderful atmosphere at Wayzata High School,” said Principal Mike Trewick.



Woodbury Senior High School

South Washington County School District


While the students produce high test scores, the administration at Woodbury Senior High School works to instill balance in the students. To balance the high level of academics, students can participate in many after school programs. The performing art programs, such as the marching band, performance band, orchestra, choir and theater are all popular. Athletics are a source of pride for the school and the school has taken home many state championships.


On the academic side, many students enroll in AP courses and each spring the school administers over 1000 AP exams. Through College in the Schools and reciprocal arrangements with local colleges, students can earn college credit. The AVID program (Advancement through Individual Determination) helps students in need with study skills and college readiness. Over 94 percent of the students head to college after graduation, and the school is working to raise the number to 100 percent.


The teaching staff at Woodbury is dedicated to the school and recently had two finalists in the state Teacher of the Year competition. Technology is integrated throughout the classrooms and used during instruction whenever possible. The school is a Project Lead the Way school, which puts an emphasis on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math). The school has a Robotics team and also offers robotic classes.


“We stress athletics, arts and academics, but not in that order. All are on the same plane at our school,” Principal Linda Plante.  



Please note that only schools in the following Minnesota Counties were considered for this article: Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Pierce, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, St. Croix, Washington, and Wright.

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