The reviews for this school are quite old. Minnetonka West Middle (MMW) is a massive, factory like school with over 1000 kids in grades 6-9. The hallways are crowded, the lunch room is a chaotic scene, the parking lot is jammed, and there is a definite culture of bullying and exclusion among the students. Teachers are trying to keep up with increasing demands of more students each year. Morale seems to be low. It's a bit of a train wreck. The District continually "markets and sells" the successes of the top students in this school (and the district) to the point that my child spent a whole year feeling worthless, stupid, and not able "to keep up" and "not good enough". We transferred to a local private school where my child has thrived, gained confidence, excelled academically (did 10 times the writing any of my other children have ever done in the public school), and couldn't be happier. All these students (and Minnetonka Middle East of the same size) will funnel to the High School. Rumor has it freshman classes will be over 1000 kids in the next few years. Bigger is not always better. Look around.
Next year our child will be attending MMW. We have already had the chance to meet with the Coordinators of Special Services to allow a smooth transition from the Elementary School to Middle School and were interested in listening and responding to our concerns. And if that is any indication of the future for our chlid at MMW then the commenter from 2008 that only kinds w/o special needs is a spiteful writer or was just in a difficult mood then. The elementary school has done almost everything possible to give our child the fair chance deserving for any child with Special needs even with an Above avg IQ and still has Learning Challenges. Many schools used to ignore such kids as quirky and leave them alone. Instead they went head on and helped us understand our child's needs and have helped to fill in the gaps. And it appears the MMW will continue to offer the support, as it is needed and indicated. And the Principal went out of his way to meet with kids of special needs to try to welcome them, too.
My children have not like MMW at all. The teachers are only responsive to children w/o difficulties. The principal is difficult to get ahold of and slow to return parent's calls. He is not willing to view other views except his own. (Along with the superintendent)