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:
14 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 2016 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs). Overall, Westonka is ranked #1 in the state in reading and #4 in the state in math.
- Grade 3 is ranked #1 in state in reading, #6 in state in math
- Grade 4 is ranked #2 in state in reading, #4 in state in math
- Grade 5 is ranked #1 in state in math, #6 in state in reading
- Grade 6 is ranked #2 in state in reading, #9 in state in math
- Grade 7 is ranked #1 in the state in reading, #2 in state in math
- Grade 8 is ranked #8 in the state in math
- Grade 10 is ranked #4 in the state in reading, #8 in state in science
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 2015-2016:
Primary School: 21.41
Middle and High School: 22.31
- 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
- 36 AP Scholar Awards for exceptional achievement on 2016 AP Exams, including two National AP Scholars
- 60% of students taking AP Exams in 2016 scored a 3 or higher (usually the minimum to earn college credit)
- 2016 ACT composite score: 23.6—exceeds the 20.8 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 $68,000 in locally sponsored scholarships awarded in 2016
Award-Winning Activities (2015-2016 Highlights)
- Three state tournament teams—Gymnastics (5th), Jazz Dance (7th), High Kick Dance (8th)
- 11 individual state tournament competitors, 7 All-State awards
- 52 All-Conference athletes; 24 honorable mentions
- Six Conference/District Champion teams; three Section Champion teams
- One Team Academic All-State Award, three Team Academic Gold Awards and one Team Academic Silver Award
- 97 students qualified for the state DECA meet
- 20 went on to DECA Internationals
- Third-place finish in state Stock Market Game
- 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
- Five ACDA Honor Choir selections
- Two All-State Choir members
- Four individual SpotLight Awards for “Little Shop of Horrors”
- Three individual Outstanding Performance awards
- Honorable Mention Awards for Overall Performance of a Musical, Ensemble Performance, Vocal Performance by an Ensemble, Acting Performance by an Ensemble, Student Orchestra and A/V Board Operators
- Eight Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards with one Silver Key and seven Honorable Mentions
- 160 ribbons at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair; one Grand Prize winner
- 16 Future Problem Solvers Internationals competitors
- 10 Destination Imagination Globals participants
- Science Olympiad team competed at the 2016 state tournament
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.