10 Minnesota schools among Newsweek's 500 best in the country


Newsweek has compiled its annual list of the top 500 schools in the country – and 10 Minnesota schools have made the cut.

The magazine uses a range of data to ranks schools based on how well they prepare their students for college.

How well each school does is based on their "college readiness score," their graduation rate, the percentage of students that attend college.

Levels of poverty in the area are also assessed, with certain schools given a gold star and a mention on Newsweek's "Beating the Odds" list if they are found to have helped economically disadvantaged children score at or above average levels on state tests.

Ranking highest in Minnesota is Edina High School, which finished No. 71 nationally with a college readiness score of 85.5 and a graduation rate of 99.8 percent. Some 93 percent of graduates also move onto college.

Suburban schools in the Twin Cities metro dominate the top schools from Minnesota, with Orono, Wayzata and Eagan rounding up the top four.

The only school to receive a gold star from Minnesota was Mound-Westonka – where 24.2 percent of students are considered low-income – with the school having a graduation rate of 95.2 percent and 92.7 percent heading to college.

Here's how Minnesota's schools fared:

71st: Edina Senior High.

101st: Orono Senior High.

150th: Wayzata High.

197th: Eagan Senior High.

292nd: Minnetonka Senior High.

326th: Stillwater Area High School.

400th: Mound-Westonka High School.

403rd: St. Anthony Village Senior High.

417th: Lakeville North High.

463rd: Prior Lake High.

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