Points of Pride
24/7 Wall St. lists the Minnetonka School District as the best school district in Minnesota. To determine the best school district in every state, 24/7 Wall St. developed an index based on a variety of measures, including graduation rate, teachers per student, preschool enrollment and Advanced Placement (AP) course enrollment.
Niche.com ranks the Minnetonka School District #2 in Minnesota. Our teachers rank #2 and our District is also ranked #1 for the best place to teach. Minnetonka High School is ranked as the #1 best high school in Minnesota. Rankings are based on data from the U.S. Department of Education and reviews and survey responses from students and families.
Minnetonka students continue to excel in AP courses at Minnetonka High School and through Tonka Online. Minnetonka’s AP exam pass rate (scores of 3 or higher) is 85% while the state pass rate is 66%. As of August 2017, 561 students in grades 9-12 had earned one of four AP Scholar designations.
The Washington Post lists Minnetonka High School as one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools—ranked #4 in Minnesota and #278 nationally. Rankings are determined by the number of Advanced Placement and IB tests given, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. Only 12% of U.S. high schools made the list.
U.S. News & World Report ranked Minnetonka High School #11 in Minnesota and #568 nationally. Rankings are based on math and reading tests, graduation rates and the degree to which students are prepared for college-level work. More than 20,000 public high schools were ranked, putting MHS in the top 3% nationally.
Minnetonka Public School District was again recognized as one of the best in the nation for music education by the NAMM Foundation. Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.
The Hennepin Theatre Trust recognized the MHS fall musical, On the Town, with 25 Spotlight Awards, including Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical. The spring musical, Mary Poppins, earned 22 Spotlight Awards, including another Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical. The competition One Act Play, Terrence McNally’s Master Class, won the state’s highest honor—a starred performance at the MSHSL 2018 One Act Festival.
In the 2017-18 school year, 33 MHS students were honored with 65 Gold Key, Silver Key or Honorable Mention awards through the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program. Senior Anna Heinen won a National Gold Medal for her sculpture, which was also selected for exhibit in New York City.
2018 state athletics championship teams: Boys Hockey (1st time state champions), Tonka Cheer (1st place in state, 2nd place in national competition), Boys Alpine Skiing, Boys Swimming and Diving, Minnetonka Sailing Team. The following teams qualified for state tournaments in 2017-18: Football (2nd place), Wrestling, Girls Swimming and Diving, Mountain Bike Team, Adapted Bowling, Girl’s Tennis, Girls Alpine Skiing (3rd place)
Parent Survey Highlights
- 99% of parents rated the education provided by the Minnetonka School District as excellent or good
- 98% said they believe the community receives a good value from its investment in our local public schools
- 97% of elementary and 95% of high school parents would recommend their child’s school to a friend or neighbor
- 96% believe their child’s school provides a safe learning environment
- Nearly all academic subjects (K-12) were ranked above 94% for satisfaction.