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ORONO — Several area high schools have been named among the top 10 high schools in Minnesota, according to recently released rankings by U.S. News and World Report.

The schools that ranked the highest are the ones where students excelled on state tests, participated in a variety of college-level exams, like Advanced Placement exams, and had high graduation rates, U.S. News says.

The No. 1 school in Minnesota is Math and Science Academy in Woodbury, which came in at No. 133 on the national ranking. Here’s how schools in the area ranked:

  • Orono High School: No. 4 in Minnesota, No. 378 nationally
  • Eagle Ridge Academy: No. 5 in Minnesota, No. 379 nationally
  • Wayzata High School: No. 6 in Minnesota, No. 466 nationally
  • Minnetonka Senior High School: No. 11 in Minnesota, No. 634 nationally
  • Mound-Westonka High School: No. 12 in Minnesota, No. 703 nationally
  • Eden Prairie High School: No. 33 in Minnesota, No. 1,977 nationally
  • Waconia Senior High School: No. 37 in Minnesota, No. 2,310 nationally
  • Chanhassen High School: No. 47 in Minnesota, No. 2,665 nationally
  • Chaska High School: No. 62 in Minnesota, No. 3,408 nationally
  • Hopkins High School: No. 72 in Minnesota, No. 4,254 nationally

The No. 1 school in the nation is Academic Magnet High School in South Carolina, U.S. News says.

The annual high school rankings, which were released April 30, looked at 2016-17 school year data from more than 23,000 public high schools in the United States. The indicators U.S. News used to come up with its list included college readiness (proportions of seniors who took and passed Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate exams), college curriculum breadth (proportions of seniors who took and passed AP and/or IB exams in multiple subjects), student performance on state-required tests and state assessments, performance of how students of color performed on state assessments compared to their white counterparts and graduation rates.

Melissa Turtinen is the multimedia reporter for Lakeshore Weekly News. She's passionate about adding context to stories and informing people about what's going on in their community. She enjoys being outside, traveling and good beer.


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