All Students College- and Career-Ready by Graduation
In the Westonka school system, many factors are used to determine a student’s college and career readiness. These factors include academic performance, high school course selection and involvement with co-curricular activities. Through programs such as DECA, music and arts programs, robotics league and other academic co-curriculars, students can apply what they have learned in the classroom to authentic real-life experiences.
Results: Westonka earns state and national recognitions
- Westonka Public Schools ranks 16th in the state on the 2020 Niche Best School Districts ranking.
- Westonka is ranked 12th out of 452 Minnesota districts for 2018-2019 by SchoolDigger.
- Mound Westonka High School was once again recognized as one of the Best High Schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report in 2019, earning a Silver Award.
- Both of Westonka's primary schools have been awarded National Blue Ribbon Awards by the U.S. Department of Education for "exemplary education."
Pre-ACT and ACT results are also used to determine student college and career readiness. The following goal was set to measure student college and career readiness:
- The proficiency gap between our lowest non-special education student group, free/reduced lunch, and our white student ethnic group will decrease by 10% from the 2017-2018 school year to the 2018-2019 school year, as measured by the Pre-ACT assessment during the sophomore year compared to the ACT assessment during the junior year.
2017-2018 Grade 10 Pre-ACT Composite Score
- Free/Reduced Lunch Student Group: 19.8
- White Student Group: 21.1
- Gap: 1.3 percentage points
2018-2019 Grade 11 ACT Composite Score
- Free/Reduced Lunch Student Group: 18.2
- White Student Group: 20.5
- Gap: 2.3 percentage points
ACT College-Readiness Benchmarks
The district's long-term goal is that the graduation class each year will show at least 50% have met all four ACT College-Readiness benchmarks in English, Algebra, Social Science and Biology.
For the Mound Westonka High School graduating class of 2019, 43% of students met all four ACT College-Readiness benchmarks in English, Algebra, Social Science and Biology. This is an increase of 3 percentage points since 2016.
The Mound Westonka High School 2019 ACT composite score was 23.4—exceeds the 21.4 state average and 20.7 national average.
*MWHS has offered the ACT to all students since 2016
Westonka earns “Best in State” MCA results
Westonka students consistently rank among the best in Minnesota in both reading and math proficiency.
Results: When compared to public school districts testing at least 100 students in a grade level, Westonka ranks No. 7 in the state in reading proficiency and No. 2 in the state in math. Additionally, out of the 17 state-mandated assessments in grades 3-11, eight Westonka test results were in the Top 5 across the state in 2017, and 10 assessment scores were Top 10.
Westonka students post strong AP results
Mound Westonka High School students earned 37 AP Scholar Awards for exceptional achievement on 2019 AP Exams. Sixty-five percent of students taking AP Exams in 2019 scored a 3 or higher (typically the minimum to earn college credit).
AP Scholars: 25
AP Scholars with Honor: 5
AP Scholars with Distinction: 7
Westonka offers high ability choices
A rigorous class schedule and student mastery of 21st century skills are critical for entrance into colleges and universities. To address these demands, Westonka offers a wide variety of academic choices for students. These include an elementary gifted and talented program; and middle school STEM classes, advanced language arts and accelerated math options. At the high school level, students can take honors-level courses, choose from 13 Advanced Placement courses, two College-in-the-Schools Spanish courses, four Project Lead the Way engineering courses and post-secondary enrollment options, where students earn college credit while continuing with high school.
Westonka offers a competitive DECA program, a leadership network that prepares students for careers in finance, hospitality, marketing and management. Through real-world experiences and classroom curriculum, DECA gives students a competitive edge for college and career success.
In addition, Mound Westonka High School is the host of a growing FIRST Robotics League, where students who have a passion for engineering, computer programming and math work together to create a robot that competes in regional robotics competitions. Participating in a FIRST Robotics league is noticed favorably by college and university admissions departments.