Top 10 High Schools in the Minneapolis – St. Paul Metro Area
There are many ways to evaluate Minnesota schools and many publications that publish school ranking reports. While it is debatable , the most common way to effectively evaluate and rank Twin Cities schools is test scores.
One of the most common tests used to evaluate schools in Minnesota is the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment or MCA. These are state tests in mathematics, reading and science that meet the requirements of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). They are given every year to measure student performance against the Minnesota Academic Standards that specify what students in a particular grade should know and be able to do.
To determine our top 10 high schools in the Minneapolis – St. Paul metro area, we combined the MCA Math and Reading score rank of each school and put them in rank order by combined rank.
As a result of our scoring system, the top 10 public High Schools in the Twin cities are as follows:
- Edina Senior High
- Mahtomedi Senior High
- Mounds View Senior High
- East Ridge High School
- Minnetonka Senior High
- Wayzata High
- Woodbury Senior High (tied with Mound-Westonka)
- Mound-Westonka High School
- Chanhassen High School
- Eastview Senior High
Not surprisingly, all of these high schools are in cities with home values that are higher than the Twin Cities metro average and many of these cities have seen stronger appreciation in the past few years.
For many home buyers with young children or planning to have children, buying a home in a good school district is a top consideration for two reasons;
- They want their kids to get a great education
- They want to have a high resale value when their kids graduate and move out.
I myself chose my current home because of the school district it was in and I’ve noticed that homes in my neighborhood are selling within 60 days or less and at very close to list price.
When you shop for Twin Cities homes for sale on the MN MLS, you can use the map search function to zero in on homes near the school that you want your children to attend.
Click on the image below to enlarge and see the complete stats from our ranking.