More than 2,700 parents shared their experiences with Minnetonka Schools through the annual parent survey, which was administered from mid-May to mid-June of 2021. The responses, 65% from resident families and 35% from open-enrolled families, help the District to gather important data about what is going well and about the ways Minnetonka Schools can continue to improve.
Overall, 94% of parents who responded to the survey rated the education provided by Minnetonka Schools as excellent or good, with 65% saying 'excellent', and 94% said the community receives a good value from its investment in local public schools.
Elementary parents gave all subject areas, from art to science to world language to PE, high marks, with an average of 96% satisfied. Middle school parents gave all subject areas—from Chinese to FACS to STEM—strong support, with an average of 94% satisfied with their child's experience. At MHS, 93% of parents, on average, were satisfied with the instruction in all subjects offered—from music to tech ed to AP/IB to science to language arts.
The survey also asked questions about students' technology use in learning. Sixty-six percent of elementary parents said the iPad works well for their child's learning, and at the middle school level, 71% percent of parents said the iPad works well for their child's learning.
School Culture and Communication
Parents showed strong support for Minnetonka teachers, with 98% of preschool parents, 97% of elementary parents, 94% of middle school parents and 92% of high school parents sharing that teachers really cared about their child.
Across all grade levels, parents commended their principals on 'strong communications' and having 'excellent leadership'. Of elementary parents, 93% said school-to-home communications keep them well-informed, and 95% said the principal of their child's school is accessible to them when they have ideas, concerns or questions.
Parents commended the District overall on 'excellent leadership', 'learning models’ and 'COVID protocols/safety'. More than 96% of elementary school parents, 92% of middle school parents and 90% of high school parents would recommend the District to a friend or neighbor.