Wayzata High School

Wayzata High School is at 4955 Peony Lane N in Plymouth.

In a world full of listings, rankings, numberings and data crunching, yet another one has come out with good news for education in the Lake Minnetonka area.

Backgroundchecks.com — the world’s foremost experts in judging quality education; OK, maybe not — announced on Tuesday, April 10, that Wayzata Public Schools is the top school district in Minnesota, and Minnetonka Public Schools is ranked No. 3.

A news release from Backgroundchecks.com called the Wayzata district “an extensive district of 16 schools and over 11,000 students serving several cities in Hennepin County (with but one school, West Middle School, actually located in the city of Wayzata). Owing to the excellence of its schools, a remarkably high percentage of the district’s graduates go on to pursue a college education.”

Edina captured second place.

With Minnetonka, the website called it, “a system of 10 schools centered in Minnetonka. Like other districts on the list, Minnetonka’s honors are too numerous to mention: 90 percent of its 2017 graduates went on to college, and the district was named a top workplace in the state by the Star Tribune.”

Other area schools scored well, too. Here are the Top 20:

1. Wayzata

2. Edina

3. Minnetonka

4. Waconia

5. Mahtomedi

6. Westonka

7. Byron

8. Eden Prairie

9. Orono

10. St. Anthony-New Brighton

11. Prior Lake-Savage

12. New Prague

13. Delano

14. Eastern Carver County

15. Houston

16. Zumbrota-Mazeppa

17. Lakeville

18. St. Michael-Albertville

19. Sartell-St. Stephen

20. Shakopee

To compile its findings, the website says it used math and reading scores, dropout rates, school funding and area poverty rates.

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