Wayzata Public Schools

About

Wayzata Public Schools is a vibrant, caring community of teachers and students located in the Twin Cities' western suburbs. Extending from the north shore of Lake Minnetonka, we encompass 38 square miles of beautiful countryside, lakeside communities and growing suburbs.

Each of our students is on a unique and wonderful educational journey - and we do everything we can to help them embrace and nurture the possibilities.

Discover why we are considered one of the best school districts in the country!

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Communities Served

We serve all or parts of Corcoran, Maple Grove, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka, Orono, Plymouth and Wayzata.

Enrollment

12,074 students, including:

  • 860 early learning students
  • 5,029 elementary students
  • 2,789 middle school students
  • 3,396 high school students

Schools

  • 1 early learning school (birth to K)
  • 8 elementary schools (K-5)
  • 3 middle schools (6-8)
  • 1 high school (9-12)

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Why Wayzata?

Rooted in academic excellence

Our students and staff are routinely recognized for excellent academic achievement. Here are some of the measures of success.

  • ACT scores routinely exceed Minnesota and national averages.
  • MCA results are among the highest in state.
  • Each year high numbers of Wayzata High School students are honored by the National Merit Scholarship Program.
  • Three of the district's eight elementary schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Elementary, middle and high school students regularly receive recognition and top honors in academic, co-curricular and extracurricular activities.

Nurtured by the community

We are privileged to have outstanding support from our community.

  • Residents of our district support referendum levies.
  • School volunteerism is high with hundreds of parent and community volunteers in our schools every day to assist students and staff.
  • Parents and community residents willingly share their expertise on district committees and advisory councils that provide solid advice to guide the operations of the district.
  • Numerous school parent organizations and booster groups directly support each district school and many co-curricular and extracurricular programs.
  • Wayzata Education Fund and area businesses provide financial support for student and staff activities.

Powered by high quality educators and staff

Our teachers are among the most talented, enthusiastic and motivated professionals in the nation. Here are some of the things we do to both attract and retain great teachers:

  • Provide regular professional development opportunities to help them stay in tune with the most effective teaching strategies
  • Invest in technology, providing all teachers with computers and other technology tools to pique the learning interests of students
  • Offer an alternative compensation program that provides teachers with ongoing professional development through peer coaching, courses and study groups
  • Implement the Professional Learning Communities model at all district schools, providing teachers with the time and structure to work together to review data and plan teaching strategies to provide more personalized learning to students

Focused on the needs of all learners

We offer a variety of programs and services that meet the needs of all students. Here are just a few examples:

  • Special education services to meet the unique challenges of students with special needs from birth through age 21
  • Title 1-funded reading and math support for elementary school students
  • English Learner services to help students attain English proficiency
  • 504 Plans to accommodate students with diagnosed medical conditions identified to be a disability
  • Gifted and talented services for high-achieving students
  • Instructional technology that allows teachers to regularly assess student learning and adjust teaching strategies to best meet the needs of students
  • A wide variety of courses to appeal to the diverse interests and learning styles of our high school students
  • High academic standards at all levels

Fueled by solid fiscal management

  • We are the only Minnesota school district with a AAA bond rating from Standard and Poor’s, which is evidence of strong financial health.
  • Since 2008, we have consistently maintained a AAA rating from Moody’s Investor Services.
  • Every year since 1990, we have received the Association of School Business Officials International Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting – evidence to the district’s commitment to transparent reporting of district finances.
  • Our Citizens Finance Advisory Committee helps to guide the district’s financial decisions.