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Minnetonka Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 2906 students

 
 

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Posted May 23, 2012

As a graduate of Minnetonka High School, I can really see how my Minnetonka education has put me far ahead of my peers in college. In fact, even though I attend an out-of-state university, many of my professors know of Minnetonka, and many have made comments about how students from this school are consistently well-prepared for college-level courses. The huge assortment of AP/IB classes offered at Minnetonka is definitely a huge positive, and having the opportunity to take these classes allowed me to come into college with over a year's worth of credits, which has allowed me to have early registration every semester and will ultimately result in early graduation as well. The variety of activities at the high school means there's literally something for everyone, and it provides students with the opportunity to explore their interests and develop friendships that last beyond their time in high school. This is a fantastic school and I would strongly recommend it to anyone!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 5, 2010

Minnetonka High School has been a great choice for our family. We "open-enrolled" from another school district to attend. We haven't been disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2009

I think Minnetonka has a very challenging curriculum for those who want to be challenged.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 18, 2009

I am a paraprofessional at this school. My family moves a lot with my husbands job. I have found this district excellent at all levels. At the top of quality education and the whole student surroundings. Highly recommended.


Posted January 12, 2009

I am a senoir at Minnetonka High School, and as a freshman I was suprised to learn about all the oppurtunities that were offered before and after school. MHS has given me a chance not only to challenge myself academically, but also to decide who I really am as a person. Thanks MHS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2008

Incredible School. Fantastic Teachers and I've learned a lot since I came in 2005.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2008

My daughter is a quiet, studious sophomore at Minnetonka High School (MHS). I was concerned about her at such a large school, yet she absolutely loves MHS, the community it fosters, the teachers, the academic programs and co-curricular activity choices. Rated a top 5% Minnesota high school on all academic measures, 98% of parents rated it as good or excellent. In Newsweek's top American high schools, it moved up from 1500 to the top 500 list in only 4 years. AP classes and the IB program allow students to challenge themselves. The world-class fine arts programs receive state champion awards in drama and choir. A national leader in technology use, interactive Smartboards that are accelerators of learning are used. Sound systems in classes mean even students in the back of the room can hear everything. I m excited that my 8th grader will be there next year too. What a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2007

Diversity at Minnetonka High School is virtually non-existent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2005

This is a good school on the rise to becoming a great school! Became an International Baccalaureate Diploma High School last year--both AP and IB programs are thriving--with record enrollment for this school year. Unlike many schools, both of these college prep programs are open to anyone in the school willing to challenge herself to get the most out of high school! (College credit earned in high school is such a blessing for us parents when it comes to college tuition!) Each year, more and more private school families are switching into MHS! Great academics, great fine arts, great activities, and yes--great athletics--including the reigning state champs in Football, Girls Cross Country and Competition Cheerleading--Not to mention our nationally recognized jazz band, Quiz Bowl team and Japanese and French World Language students! There is truly something for every kid! We love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2005

I currently attend MHS, and I agree that the school is very 'cliquey' but it teaches you about life. I am on one of the sports teams, and i enjoy a lot, it is a great way to meet people. The teachers are reliable, working to make your highschool career much better. Such as coming in early, meeting you in resource rooms, and giving as much help as they possibly can. MHS is cutting down to a 6 hour class next year which will decrease the number of graduates, and it will be harder to attain credits needed. MHS is a very nice school with caring people who WANT to help you.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 23, 2004

We have a Freshman at MHS who is in one of the Special Education programs. School is an extremely challenging experience for our child and always has been. This year we had our child's IEP meeting in February. Only four months of the school year left, but we did have the meeting. We saw our child suspended for defending himself when another student assaulted him. An Assistant Vice Principal informed us that students are to put their hands up in the air and say, 'I won't fight - I don't want to get suspended'. Push your attacker away and you are suspended. Let yourself get attacked and you get to stay in school. Administration and teaching staff don't appear to communicate. Teachers okay schedule changes and the attendance office calls for months informing us that our child has skipped a class no longer on his schedule. It's a nightmare.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2004

I graduated from Minnetonka in 2003 and now that I am attending the University of MN, I know MHS prepared me very well. Fellow alumni agree that there is a significantly greater amount of maturity and awareness that Minnetonka graduates posess. We are noted for our maturity, intellectuality, and ability to accell after high school. This is due to the high expectations set throughout our schooling. Minnetonka is the right school for a student who likes to participate in school activites and has high goals for their life after high school. There is generally a place for everyone, though. I am very happy with the education I recieved at Minnetonka. Graduates should understand how fortunate they are.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 18, 2004

We have 2 daughters that graduated from MHS (2001 & 2003) and 1 that's a junior. 2 recieved full scholarships to a top tier engineering school and feel they were well prepared by MHS to succeed in college. The third has found MHS to be challenging but fun due to many extracurricular opportunities to find her nitch. My girls have participated in athletics, theater, choirs and clubs. They never felt neglected, lost or ignored. One was very shy, one outgoing and the third never met a stranger. The quality of the teachers has been excellent although there have been some weak links. Parents are encouraged to get involved and there is a strong fund raising foundation. MHS was a rewarding experience for our children. And those 27 football coaches? 20 of them were volunteers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2004

Too many kids and too big of a school. Average kids aren't given a chance to excel due to who you know or who your sister was or how much money you have. The Minnetonka mentality holds true. This is especially true with extra curricular activities. Some good teachers and staff who care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

Much too 'cliquey' and 'who has the most money to do things.' Kids easily get lost in that huge, impersonal school. We had two kids go there. One just got through it - he's a quiet person, but intelligent. The other left to go to Hopkins High her senior year and did much better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

27 Football coaches but overcrowded classrooms,no $ for supplies and 4! Highly paid Vice Principals. I removed 2 children and sent them to private schools. Most parents I know, who can afford it, have also opted for schools where the 3 'R's' are given priority.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2003

Our senior has had a robust high school experience atn MHS. Teachers have inspired, staff has supported, and the school vision has been fulfilled. And a big thank you to our taxpayers for passing the bond issue(s). Great area all around. And here comes our second child to do it again!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

I pulled 2 kids out of that school and sent them to private where they are actually receiving an education and not just raising money for the football team and their twenty-nine coaches! This district claims to have no money for teachers, books and paper but has no problem buying talking garbage cans!
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

703 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

692 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

699 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Writing

All Students96%
Female97%
Male95%
Black90%
Asian94%
Hispanic88%
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities76%
Students without disabilities98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Not migrant96%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students85%
Female85%
Male84%
Black63%
Asian96%
Hispanic61%
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities39%
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant85%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

692 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

699 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
71%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2011.

657 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 62% in 2013.

721 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

671 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
77%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students87%
Female86%
Male88%
Black36%
Asian89%
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities48%
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Not migrant87%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Science

All Students80%
Female79%
Male81%
Black58%
Asian95%
Hispanic69%
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Not migrant80%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students73%
Female73%
Male73%
Black46%
Asian88%
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Not migrant73%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 73%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
Black 2% 9%
Hispanic 2% 7%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Minnetonka, MN 55345
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