17 schools from MN make Newsweek's 500 best in the country list


Seventeen schools from Minnesota are among the top 500 in the country, according to 2016 rankings released by Newsweek.

The Land of 10,000 Lakes was well represented in Newsweek's respected "America's Top High Schools 2016" table, gaining seven schools in the top 500 after just ten featured in 2015.

Twin Cities suburbs make up the bulk of those that made the list, which was released earlier in August, with Edina High School the highest ranked in Minnesota, although at 86th it fell 15 places from last year.

Here's the full list of where Minnesota schools finished on the ranking, with last year's ranking in parentheses:

86th: Edina High School (71)

89th: Orono Senior High (101)

109th: Eagan Senior High (197)

123rd: Minnetonka Senior High (292)

171st: Mahtomedi High School (New Entry)

183rd: Eden Prairie High School (NE)

197th: Prior Lake High School (463)

240th: Chanhassen High School (NE)

255th: Lakeville South High School (NE)

369th: Delano High School (NE)

390th: Lakeville North High School (417)

426th: Byron High School (NE)

427th: Rosemount High School (NE)

445th: Irondale High School (NE)

446th: Apple Valley High School (NE)

470th: Eastview High School (NE)

491st: Stillwater Area High School (326)

How are the rankings figured out?

Newsweek looks at six measurements to figure out the rankings, which are weighted to determine a "college readiness index" that shows how well public high schools are preparing students for college.

The weightings are as follows:

  • Holding power (the number of students who stay on post-9th grade) – 10 percent.
  • Ratio of counsellor staff to students – 10 percent.
  • SAT/ACT scores – 17.5 percent.
  • Number of students in AP/IB/dual enrollment courses– 17.5 percent.
  • Graduation rate – 20 percent.
  • College enrollment rate – 25 percent.

Beating the Odds schools

Newsweek compiles another table using the metrics above, but tweaks it slightly by taking into account the number of students enrolled who are in poverty.

Eighteen schools from Minnesota made it onto that list, some of which also featured in the other top 500.

Irondale High School was one of the biggest climbers, rising from 445th to 153rd when it's taken into account that more than 40 percent of students it teaches are at an economic disadvantage.

Other schools who made it onto the list but not the other one include Robbinsdale Cooper High School, which managed to get 95.1 percent of its students to college despite a poverty rate of 60.3 percent.

Tracy Area High School, Tri-County Schools, Hopkins High School, Community of Peace Academy, Ubah Medical Academy, St. Anthony Village High School and Brainerd High School also made it onto there.

You can see the full list here.

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