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 13th in the state in the 2021 Niche Best School Districts ranking.
- Westonka is ranked 17th out of 430 Minnesota districts for 2020-21 by SchoolDigger and has a 5-star overall rating.
- 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 2020, 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 student group, Free/Reduced Lunch and our highest student group, White, will decrease by .5 points from the 2018-2019 school year to the 2019-2020 school year, as measured by the 10th Grade Pre-ACT to the Grade 11 ACT assessments.
2018-2019 Grade 10 Pre-ACT Composite Score
- Free/Reduced Lunch Student Group: 18.5
- White Student Group: 21.5
- Gap: 3 percentage points
2019-2020 Grade 11 ACT Composite Score
- Free/Reduced Lunch Student Group: 21.3
- White Student Group: 23.3
- Gap: 2 percentage points
The gap betweeen Free/Reduced Lunch and White student groups decreased by 1 point.
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 2020, 34% of students met all four ACT College-Readiness benchmarks in English, Algebra, Social Science and Biology.
The Mound Westonka High School 2020 ACT composite score was 22.4—exceeds the 21.3 state average and 20.6 national average.
Update: The MWHS 2021 ACT composite score was 23.3—exceeds the 21.6 state average and 20.3 national average.
*MWHS has offered the ACT to all students since 2016
Westonka students post strong AP results
For the 2020-21 school year, Mound Westonka High School students earned 56 AP Scholar Awards for exceptional achievement on 2021 AP Exams. MWHS had a record number of students take Advanced Placement exams in 2021, with 236 students taking a total of 389 exams. Fifty-one percent of exams earned a score of 3 or higher (typically the minimum to earn college credit).
AP Scholars: 37
AP Scholars with Honor: 7
AP Scholars with Distinction: 12
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 14 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.