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 and 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 11th in the state on the 2019 Niche Best School Districts ranking.
    • Westonka is ranked 13th out of 440 Minnesota districts for 2017-2018 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 2018, earning a Silver Award.
    • The Washington Post recognized Mound Westonka High School as one of "America’s Most Challenging High Schools." MWHS was one of only 26 Minnesota schools to make the cut in 2017.
    • 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 2016-2017 school year to the 2017-2018 school year, as measured by the Pre-Act assessment during the sophomore year compared to the ACT assessment during the junior year.


    2016-2017 Grade 10 Pre-ACT Composite Score

    • Free/Reduced Lunch Student Group: 17.5
    • White Student Group: 20.2
      • Gap: 2.6 percentage points

    2017-2018 Grade 11 ACT Composite Score

    • Free/Reduced Lunch Student Group: 20.7
    • White Student Group: 22.8
      • Gap: 2.1 percentage points

    The gap between the free/reduced lunch students and white students decreased 19% (-.5 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 2018, 45% of students met all four ACT College-Readiness benchmarks in English, Algebra, Social Science and Biology. This is an increase of 3 percentage points over 2017.

    The Mound Westonka High School 2018 ACT composite score was 24.1—exceeds the 21.3 state average and 20.8 national average.

    *Third year of ACT testing for all MWHS students

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. 12 in the state in math proficiency and No. 15 in the state in reading. Additionally, out of the 17 state-mandated assessments in grades 3-11, eight Westonka test results were in the Top 10 across the state in 2018.

    See how Westonka's MCA scores compare with neighboring districts

Westonka students post strong AP results

  • Mound Westonka High School students earned 32 AP Scholar Awards for exceptional achievement on 2018 AP Exams. Sixty-seven percent of students taking AP Exams in 2018 scored a 3 or higher (usually the minimum to earn college credit), an 11% increase over 2017.

    AP Scholars: 24
    AP Scholars with Honor: 5
    AP Scholars with Distinction: 3

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.