Frosty Minnesota takes public education seriously; the Land 10,000 Lakes ranked seventh in the nation in pre-K-12 education in US News & World Report’s latest survey of nationwide public education quality. The pleasant demeanor and high rate of civic participation of Minnesota’s citizens is a testament to the state’s terrific school systems.

Leading the pack at #1 is Wayzata Public Schools, an extensive district of 16 schools and over 11,000 students serving several cities in Hennepin County, MN (with but one school, West Middle School, actually located in the city of Wayzata). Owing to the excellence of its schools, a remarkably high percentage of the district’s graduates go on to pursue a college education.

Minnesota’s second best school district is Edina Public Schools, a smaller system, compared to the preceding entry on the list, of six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. EPS’s honors are myriad; six of its schools have earned Blue Ribbon School Awards, and Newsweek recently named Edina High School in its 2016 ranking of the nation’s best.

Ranking third is another excellent district, Minnetonka Public Schools, a system of 10 schools centered in Minnetonka, MI. Like other districts on the list, Minnetonka’s honors are too numerous to mention: 90% of its 2017 graduates went on to college, and the district was named a top workplace in the state by the Star Tribune.

Filling out the list of Minnesota’s top five school districts are Waconia Public Schools ISD 110 (#4) serving Carver and Hennepin counties, and Mahtomedi Public Schools ISD 832 (#5), whose students’ test scores regularly rank among the highest in the state.

Top School Districts in Minnesota, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Wayzata Public School DistrictMinnesota
2Edina Public School DistrictMinnesota
3Minnetonka Public School DistrictMinnesota
4Waconia Public School DistrictMinnesota
5Mahtomedi Public School DistrictMinnesota
6Westonka Public School DistrictMinnesota
7Byron Public School DistrictMinnesota
8Eden Prairie Public School DistrictMinnesota
9Orono Public School DistrictMinnesota
10St. Anthony-New Brighton SchoolsMinnesota
11Prior Lake-Savage Area SchoolsMinnesota
12New Prague Area SchoolsMinnesota
13Delano Public School DistrictMinnesota
14Eastern Carver County Public SchoolMinnesota
15Houston Public School DistrictMinnesota
16Zumbrota-Mazeppa School DistrictMinnesota
17Lakeville Public School DistrictMinnesota
18St. Michael-Albertville School DistMinnesota
19Sartell-St. Stephen School DistrictMinnesota
20Shakopee Public School DistrictMinnesota
21Centennial Public School DistrictMinnesota
22Esko Public School DistrictMinnesota
23Stillwater Area Public School Dist.Minnesota
24South Washington County School DistMinnesota
25Chisago Lakes School DistrictMinnesota
26Farmington Public School DistrictMinnesota
27Kasson-Mantorville School DistrictMinnesota
28Howard Lake-Waverly-WinstedMinnesota
29Annandale Public School DistrictMinnesota
30Rosemount-Apple Valley-EaganMinnesota
31Alexandria Public School DistrictMinnesota
32Stewartville Public School DistrictMinnesota
33Mounds View Public School DistrictMinnesota
34Becker Public School DistrictMinnesota
35Cleveland Public School DistrictMinnesota
36Holdingford Public School DistrictMinnesota
37Pine Island Public School Dist.Minnesota
38Hills-Beaver Creek School DistrictMinnesota
39Watertown-Mayer Public School Dist.Minnesota
40Randolph Public School DistrictMinnesota
41St. Louis Park Public School Dist.Minnesota
42Stephen-Argyle Central SchoolsMinnesota
43Barnesville Public School Dist.Minnesota
44Tri-County School DistrictMinnesota
45Springfield Public School DistrictMinnesota
46Monticello Public School DistrictMinnesota
47St. Charles Public School DistrictMinnesota
48Ulen-Hitterdal Public School DistMinnesota
49Sauk Rapids-Rice Public SchoolsMinnesota
50Hawley Public School DistrictMinnesota
51Jordan Public School DistrictMinnesota
52Northfield Public School DistrictMinnesota
53Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Public SchMinnesota
54Fertile-Beltrami School DistrictMinnesota
55Anoka-Hennepin Public School Dist.Minnesota
56Foley Public School DistrictMinnesota
57Battle Lake Public School DistrictMinnesota
58Albany Public School DistrictMinnesota
59Lyle Public School DistrictMinnesota
60Fergus Falls Public School DistrictMinnesota
61Plainview-Elgin-MillvilleMinnesota
62Maple Lake Public School DistrictMinnesota
63Rockford Public School DistrictMinnesota
64Elk River Public School DistrictMinnesota
65Sleepy Eye Public School DistrictMinnesota
66Mankato Public School DistrictMinnesota
67Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa School DistMinnesota
68Lake Crystal-Wellcome MemorialMinnesota
69Maple River School DistrictMinnesota
70Hutchinson Public School DistrictMinnesota
71Eden Valley-Watkins School DistrictMinnesota
72Cloquet Public School DistrictMinnesota
73Royalton Public School DistrictMinnesota
74Big Lake Public School DistrictMinnesota
75Dover-Eyota Public School DistrictMinnesota
76Brainerd Public School DistrictMinnesota
77Wabasha-Kellogg Public School Dist.Minnesota
78Hopkins Public School DistrictMinnesota
79Wheaton Area Public School DistrictMinnesota
80Waseca Public School DistrictMinnesota
81St. Francis Public School DistrictMinnesota
82Dassel-Cokato Public School Dist.Minnesota
83Luverne Public School DistrictMinnesota
84St. Peter Public School DistrictMinnesota
85Rochester Public School DistrictMinnesota
86White Bear Lake School DistrictMinnesota
87Rocori Public School DistrictMinnesota
88Hastings Public School DistrictMinnesota
89Parkers Prairie Public School Dist.Minnesota
90Hayfield Public School DistrictMinnesota
91Marshall County Central SchoolsMinnesota
92Bloomington Public School DistrictMinnesota
93Forest Lake Public School DistrictMinnesota
94Central Public School DistrictMinnesota
95North Branch Public SchoolsMinnesota
96Dilworth-Glyndon-FeltonMinnesota
97Murray County Central School Dist.Minnesota
98Red Wing Public School DistrictMinnesota
99Cannon Falls Public School DistrictMinnesota
100Osakis Public School DistrictMinnesota

Methodology

The following contributed to the ranking: student performance (math and reading test scores), dropout rates, school funding, and area poverty rates. Data was collected from a total of 9,577 school districts.

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