Why Westonka? It's the Best of Both Worlds!
The Westonka Edge: Small School Advantages. Big School Opportunities. Real-life Success Stories.™
Westonka offers lower class sizes and individual attention along with a wide variety of co-curricular opportunities and a full portfolio of honors and college-level courses. Our passion for innovation and academic excellence means our graduates leave prepared for college and success in the 21st century.
Learn why Westonka is the district of choice for so many families in the western suburbs.
The Westonka School District serves approximately 2,300 students, grades preK-12, at five locations:
15 Consecutive Years of 'Best in State' MCA Performance
Westonka students, from the primary schools to the high school, scored in the Top 10 districts in the state on 2017 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs). Overall, Westonka is ranked #4 in the state in math and #6 in the state in reading.
- Grade 4 is ranked #1 in state in reading, #7 in state in math
- Grade 5 is ranked #2 in state in reading, #5 in state in math, #8 in state in science
- Grade 6 is ranked #3 in state in reading, #4 in state in math
- Grade 7 is ranked #9 in the state in reading
- Grade 8 is ranked #8 in the state in reading
- Grade 10 is ranked #9 in the state in reading
- Grade 11 is ranked #2 in the state in math
Out of 9,577 eligible districts, Westonka Public Schools comes in at No. 237 on the National Council for Home Safety and Security's 2018 ranking of the Best School Districts in America. Westonka ranks as the 6th best school district in Minnesota.
BackgroundChecks.org Top School Districts
Westonka ranks as the 6th best school district in Minnesota on the BackgroundChecks.org Top School Districts list in 2018.
National Blue Ribbon Primary Schools
Both of Westonka's primary schools have been awarded National Blue Ribbon Awards by the U.S. Department of Education for "exemplary education."
Newsweek America's Top 500 High Schools
Mound Westonka High School was named one of the nation's top public high schools by Newsweek. MWHS was one of only 10 Minnesota schools to make the America’s Top High Schools list in 2015.
AP District Honor Roll
Westonka was one of only 11 Minnesota districts named to the College Board’s 2012 AP District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP Exams while also increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher (usually the minimum to earn college credit).
MN Dept. of Education Reward School
Both of Westonka's Title I schools, Grandview Middle School and Shirley Hills Primary School, earned the 2016 Reward School distinction from the Minnesota Department of Education.
Strong Student/Teacher Ratios
Average Class Sizes in 2016-2017:
Primary School: 21.21
Middle and High School: 22.90
- The Westonka Public Schools Edge21 Technology Plan furthers the district’s commitment to increasing student learning and engagement and to ensuring that all Westonka students are college and career ready by the time they graduate
- 1:1 devices in grades 1-12—students use mobile devices at school and at home as the primary way to access curriculum.
- Learn more about Edge21
Strong College Prep Program
- College counseling and planning begins in 7th grade
- Strong portfolio of Advanced Placement Courses
- College-in-the-Schools Spanish
- Post-Secondary Enrollment Options
- College credit-bearing Project Lead the Way engineering program
- Districtwide engineering curriculum
- 28 AP Scholar Awards for exceptional achievement on 2017 AP Exams, including two National AP Scholars
- 54% of students taking AP Exams in 2017 scored a 3 or higher (usually the minimum to earn college credit)
- 2017 ACT composite score: 23.5—exceeds the 21.5 state average and 21.0 national average.
- Learn more about post-secondary readiness
Generous Community Support
- Financial support from local educational foundation
- 2016 bond referendum passed to build community athletics & recreation center and performing arts center
- Over $75,000 in locally sponsored scholarships awarded in 2017
Award-Winning Activities (2016-2017 Highlights)
- Four state tournament teams—Gymnastics (5th), Jazz Dance (6th), High Kick Dance, Girls Hockey
- 12 individual state tournament competitors; seven All-State athletes
- 50+ All-Conference athletes
- Five Conference/District Champion teams; three Section Champion teams
- Two Section Coaches of the Year
- Team Academic All-State Award, four Team Academic Gold Awards and two Team Academic Silver Awards
- 83 students competed at the state DECA meet
- 10 students qualified for DECA Internationals
- Superior rating for MWHS Wind Ensemble in Region 2AA contest
- Seven WCC Honor Band members, four U of MN Honor Band members and two MBDA Honor Band members
- Superior ratings for Concert Choir and Madd Jazz in Region 2AA contests; Madd Jazz earned "Best in Site"
- Three ACDA Honor Choir members, five middle school state choir members
- Two All-State Choir members
- Four individual SpotLight Awards for “Little Shop of Horrors,” including two for Outstanding Performance
- Production earned Outstanding Vocal Performance by an Ensemble and honorable mention awards for Acting Performance by an Ensemble, Overall Technical Team, A/V Board Operators and Student Orchestra
- 11 Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards with four Silver Key and seven Honorable Mentions
- 14 Section 2AA Visual Arts awards, including one Best in Show
- 98 ribbons and one Grand Prize at 2016 MN State Fair
- Nine Future Problem Solvers Internationals competitors
- 17 Destination Imagination Globals participants
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Kevin Borg, Superintendent
Sarah Grimm, Coordinator
8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Hilltop Primary School
Michael Moch, Principal
8:55 a.m. - 3:35 p.m.
Shirley Hills Primary School
Scott Eidsness, Principal
8:55 a.m. - 3:35 p.m.
Grandview Middle School
Christine Keeley-Zachow, Principal
7:40 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.
Mound Westonka High School
Mark McIlmoyle, Principal
7:41 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.