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Wayzata High School

Public | 9-12 | 3223 students

 
 

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Posted November 10, 2012

To whoever said the Wayzata school district is going downhill-- This is just not true. They are expanding the elementary schools, and are considering an expansion on the high school. Every student will be getting an iPad in the coming years, as well as other technological advances in the many schools. Now. Back to the high school. Wayzata High School is amazing. Because of it's immense size, there is a huge variety of classes offered, far more than the average high school. I actually am sad because I will not be able to take all the classes I want--there are so many that look good, and only four years. There are also different levels of nearly every required class, allowing for students to be challenged if they wish. There are also a wide range of activities offered, and everyone can find some sort of club to join. It's really easy to get around, everything is laid out very nicely and logically. For the most part, the teachers are good. Some are better than others, but I've had mostly good ones. There is a school-wide policy on late work, tardies, and absences. The counselors are helpful in making class switches, and probably other things too. All in all, a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 2, 2012

While the school is currently in decent shape, the Wayzata School District is quickly going downhill. For anyone considering our "great schools", I would warn you that you may not get what you pay for. If I could afford it, I would sell my house and move to a district without outrageous house prices and use the savings to send my children to a district that's not falling apart.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2012

Wayzata High School! Where does one start? Probably the BEST high school in the state of Minnesota. Academically, it is tailored to meet the needs of any student that walks through the doors and past the Trojan Head, from developmentally disabled to ultra-braniac. The special education programs have been ranked very well, and the school is able to challenge academically capable students with over 26 AP Courses and 1 AP Pilot course. The sports are some of the best in the state; cross country and track haven't lost a state tournament in the recent past, football has won state 3 out of the 5 past years, boys and girls golf have both won state in 2011. WHS offers many sports. In addition to sports, Wayzata also offers dozens of extracurricular activities which it has performed very well in, such as Speech, Debate, Marching Band, DECA, BPA, YES, KMO, Student Council, and many others. The only complaints one could have is that the school is very cliquey, but this diminishes as one progresses through the school and that the presence of drug use is high. Despite this, Wayzata High School has proved to be one of the best schools in the nation in all areas. I am proud to be a Trojan.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 29, 2012

Wayzata Sr. High continues where the Middle School left off. Though an incredibly huge school, they are able to create a small school atmosphere. My student is challenged and there are programs such as AVID to challenge the student when they do not live up to their potential. Programs like this are so important for our late bloomers not to miss out. Hopefully AVID and the other incredible resources will continue to be at Wayzata to challenge and create amazing students. Wayzata is for all students, not just those who excel from the get go. GO TROJANS - YOU ROCK!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2010

Wayzata is truely an amazing school!!! I just graduated this year (2010) and I had the best 4 years of my life. I loved the big school atmosphere because there was something for everyone from class selections to extracurriculars. Also, if you got sick of some friends, there were always other people. The academics were fantastic!! Even though it is really competitive I think it taught me that it doesn't matter if I had the best test score in the class, it only matters if I did the best that I could do. I learned so much from the competitive nature of this school. Teachers vary from outstanding to decent. I learned so much from this school that I do not believe I could have learned from any other school. I am proud to have graduated from Wayzata and I will always be a Trojan at heart.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 11, 2009

I am a graduate of the Class of 2008. My family moved to Wayzata schools from Osseo during my elementary school days specifically because Wayzata's quality of education is so high. Wayzata offered me opportunities that kids in many other schools couldn't dream of; the diversity of AP options is (almost) unmatched, and the school did I wonderful job of trying to prevent boredom or tedium. I have several friends who attend Ivies and report that many of their intro level classes are only as challenging as their high school courses, and I was offered so many AP classes that I was able to start at a large public university as a junior, credit-wise. Can I make an objective case for Wayzata over, say, Eden Prairie or Minnetonka? Probably not. But overall Wayzata excels.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 15, 2009

I've one child at WHS and know several others due to my job as a tutor. The bright kids at WHS do exceptionally well, as other reviewers have noted. The average kids who work, also do very well. The average kids who refuse to study, won't do well. The below average kids however, are not served as well as they should be---I tutor some of these, remember, and while they do have a Resource Center, pull-outs for tests, and incredibly involved Spec Ed teachers, IMHO I believe that the LD kids (those who will be competing with the 'normal' learners for jobs in the real world, not the Down Syndrome who will be sheltered) , the LD kids are not having the Attitude that they CAN learn and be brilliant at something... the LD kids are being told, you can go to Vocational School. Not good enough!


Posted October 7, 2008

This school is amazing, when I first walked in the doors as tiny ninth grader I felt overwhelmed and withdrawn. But as soon as some one said hi to me and I began to see my friends from middle school a little bit more I came to feel completely at home, I spent 5 years making friends for life at my middle school, but It only took me one year to make friends for life at Wayzata, The school is big but the hearts of most students there are bigger. They have a great arts program for any student coming from F.A.I.R. and the clubs and extra curricular activities are through the roof! GO TROJANS! :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 12, 2008

Too big! if we could do over again we would be in a much smaller school district its really hard to compete in a school this large.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2006

Overall WHS is a great school. It's easily in the top 5 of all public schools in Minnesota. The school is extremely competitive academically. Those who cannot stay with the flow seem to be forgotten. The Math program is Wayzata's storgest and weakest point. Wayzata uses integrated math which is different than traditional programs. Parents of students have a hard time giving their children help because of the vast differences in the math program. It's also very easy to get behind in the Math program. The large size of the school creates a very unique atmosphere that not many will encounter. The fear of being 'left behind' is rarely a problem. The teachers at Wayzata are generally top notch. Overall, a great school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 19, 2006

Our experience at WHS was not positive. Our child has learning disabilities and they did not address her needs at all. You really have to stay on top of things or they just push them through without teaching the skills. Be careful if you sent your child there and your child is not one of the 'gifted' students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2006

I graduated from Wayzata in 2003, and although it was overall a decent education, with some fantastic teachers, their math program is dismal. While the top math students seem to get decent classes, those of us who were tracked into average math classes in junior high were stuck with an 'integrated' program that wastes time and money. I still got a 28 in math on my ACTs because they taught enough of the basic knowledge, but when I went to college, I started all over again at Algebra. defintiely something to consider.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 1, 2006

I would say that this school is very challenging and could probably be qualified as a private school because of the great acedemics! I would Strongly adise going to this school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 27, 2006

Wayzata High is a big school. I was concerned that my student would be 'lost' among so many smart and talented kids. The key to my student's success has been to immediately get involved in a school activity and use the considerable academic counseling resources to plan a successful four-year program. That and constant monitoring of adademic performance, which requires some work on my part.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

I had my complaints about Wayzata when I went there, and I still think that many teachers and administration had a lack of respect for the students. In addition, Wayzata seems to have their priorities backwards lately, cutting funding to some outstanding programs. However, courses were rigorous for the most part and the opportunities to participate in extracurriculars were outstanding. I now attend a highly ranked private liberal arts school and I discovered soon after coming here that my high school education prepared me for college better than almost anyone I know. I was able to take many classes that my friends are amazed to hear existed at my school, and I participated in other activities that very few schools provide.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 19, 2003

I graduated Class of 2001 from Wayzata High School, and now attend one of the top 20 schools, as ranked by Princeton University, so I can't say I have all too much to complain about. I had a very good experience, for the most part, attending Wayzata (7-12). Most of the teachers I had, mainly AP instructors, were excellent. They are the main reason that Wayzata continues to be a positive place to learn. I can never forgive this district, however, for cutting their award-winning, nationally recognized orchestra program almost completely out of the budget. I would be weary of any administration and school board that would go completely against such a strong, committed outpouring from students and parents.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

768 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

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.

777 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

736 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
84%
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%
Female99%
Male94%
Black87%
Asian98%
Hispanic90%
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Economically non-disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Non-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 Students90%
Female88%
Male91%
Black58%
Asian98%
Hispanic74%
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Economically non-disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities52%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Non-migrant90%
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.

777 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

736 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

808 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%

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

Reading

The state average for Reading was 62% in 2013.

777 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%
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.

735 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

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 Students80%
Female78%
Male82%
Black34%
Asian86%
Hispanic77%
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Economically non-disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Non-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

Science

All Students78%
Female77%
Male80%
Black36%
Asian93%
Hispanic56%
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Economically non-disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities52%
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Non-migrant78%
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 Students80%
Female79%
Male82%
Black33%
Asian95%
Hispanic58%
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Economically non-disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Non-migrant80%
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 82% 74%
Asian 9% 6%
Black 6% 9%
Hispanic 2% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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