These are the best high schools in Minnesota

According to U.S. News and World Report's annual rankings.
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The Twin Cities suburbs once again dominate the top Minnesota high schools rankings.

This is from U.S. News and World Report's annual rating of public high schools across the country. It's based on six criteria: college readiness, college curriculum breadth, math and reading proficiency, math and reading performance, underserved student performance, and graduation rate.

Here are the top 10 in Minnesota, based on those criteria:

  1. Math and Science Academy Woodbury (No. 133 nationally)
  2. Nova Classical Academy Upper School, St. Paul (No. 179)
  3. Eastview Senior High, Apple Valley (No. 367)
  4. Orono Senior High, Long Lake (No. 378)
  5. Eagle Ridge Academy Charter School, Eden Prairie (No. 379)
  6. Wayzata High, Plymouth (No. 466)
  7. Mounds View Senior High, Arden Hills (No. 505)
  8. Eagan Senior High, Eagan (N. 512)
  9. Mahtomedi Senior High, Mahtomedi (No. 586)
  10. Edina Senior High, Edina (No. 614)

On the opposite end, the state's lowest ranked schools are often on the small side, with a significant percentage of students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Voyageurs Expeditionary School in Bemidji, for example, is among the bottom-ranked schools in the state. It has 60 students, with 49 of them considered economically disadvantaged.

Or Walker-Hackensack-Akeley in Walker, which has 195 students. Four in 10 of those are economically disadvantaged.

Compare that to Math and Science Academy at the top of the list, which has 244 students enrolled with just 5 percent economically disadvantaged. At Eagle Ridge Academy Charter School, 21 percent of students are economically disadvantaged - the highest percentage among the state's top 10 ranked schools.

See the full list, and search by school name or district, at this link.

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