By GreatSchools Staff
Education quality score: 94.74
Median home price: $345,270
Academic achievement, extracurricular activities, awards, impressive graduation and testing stats — the Edina school system has it all, especially its top-performing high school. Called one of the best U.S. high schools by Newsweek in 2008 and among the top 2% in the nation, Edina High School boasted an impressive 18 National Merit semifinalists and 27 commended scholars in 2007. Last year 97% of its seniors went to college.
What’s Edina’s secret? Well, it’s an affluent suburb of Minneapolis that happens to be home to Dairy Queen’s headquarters. But its impressive numbers go beyond demographics. The district, which serves 7,800 children in six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school, has proven that it can make innovative, systemic changes to benefit its students. Edina was one of the first in the country to push back its high school start time — and watched SAT scores rise as a result. It also recently tried out an e-math class to help students who were failing in a traditional classroom.
And the district is not resting on its laurels. Edina is currently engaged in a study of its middle schools, with the charge to “explore and develop recommendations for 21st-century directions for middle-level education.”
Explore Edina schools
Photo credit: drewgeraets
Next: Zionsville, Ind. »
Sign up for our free newsletter and we'll send you
more just like it every week.
Thank you! You will begin to receive newsletters from us shortly.
Great work! Only one more step. Now we just need you to verify your email address. Please click on the link in the email we just sent you to complete your registration.
Great work! Only one more step. Now we just need you to verify your email address. Please click on the link in the email we just sent you to submit your review.
Please click on the link in the verification email we just sent you to complete your change of email address.
Whoops! It looks like we still need to verify your email. To do so, please click on the link in the email we sent you. Can't find the e-mail? Click the button below and we'll send you a new one.
Thanks for registering. Welcome to GreatSchools, the largest online community committed to improving educational outcomes through parental involvement.
Thanks for verifying your updated email address.
Oops! You haven't verified your email address yet. To do so, please click on the link in the email we sent you. Can't find the email? Click the button below to receive a new one.
Oops! That email verification link has expired. Please click the button below to receive a new one.
Create an account to submit your answers.
Sign in with an existing GreatSchools account or using Facebook:
Your review has been posted to GreatSchools.
Share with friends! Post your opinion of on Facebook.
Welcome to GreatSchools!
For principals and school officials, we offer a special Enhanced School Profile (ESP) which allows you to update and add information about your school, as well as respond to reviews. If you are a school official, click Continue to start.
Please note that it can take up to 48 hours for your comment to be posted to our site. While you're here, we'd like to invite you to fill out a survey on your school's programs, activities, and extracurriculars. It only takes a few minutes and will help parents get a full picture of your school.
Get started now! You have successfully registered and can now start updating your Official School Profile. The information you provide is extremely valuable in helping parents and students learn more about your school, so thanks for taking the time!
Thank you for registering as a school leader. We just need to verify your email address. We've sent you an email - please click on the link in that message to get started editing your school's information!
Thanks! We just sent you an email – please click on the link in the email to post your answers.
Get timely updates for , including performance data and recently posted user reviews.