It’s been documented in national publications that Minnesota is a great place to live, with affordable housing and plenty of opportunities for play and work. Add in solid Midwest morals and excellent schools, it’s a move that is great for families. Making a move to Minnesota? Don’t fear the cold winters and buggy summers. Instead, look forward to a high quality of living and quality education options for your children. Our strong schools in Minnesota remove anxiety around relocation.
Minnesota has one of the nation’s highest state graduation rates and flexibility from No Child Left Behind mandates. To graduate, Minnesota students must pass assessments in math, reading and writing. Minnesota high school students can test out of introductory college courses via the computer-based College-Level Examination. More than 100 public high schools offer college credits through the CIS programs (College in the Schools). CIS is an educational program for high school students run by the University of Minnesota. It allows students to take college level classes in their high school and, as a result, earn college and high school credit for free. The classes are taught by high school teachers who receive several weeks of additional training by the University of Minnesota.
In the U.S. News Best High Schools 2013 rankings, Minnesota has six gold medal schools, 40 silver medal schools and 90 bronze medal schools for a total of 136 schools receiving recognition (of 772 high schools). Many of Minnesota’s Best High Schools are within the Minneapolis/St Paul metropolitan area.
Top Ranked Minnesota High Schools
- Mahtomedi Senior High School
- Edina Senior High School
- St Anthony Village High School
- TrekNorth High School (charter school – Bemidji)
- Wayzata Senior High School
- Minnetonka Senior High School
- Eagan High School
- Mounds View Senior High School
- Century Senior High School (Rochester)
- Irondale Senior High School
Not only does Minnesota have excellent public schools, there are many charter and private schools to choose from as well. Minnesota has 665 private schools (73 private high schools) and 163 charter schools (71 charter high schools). Many families opt for private and charter schools to ensure their children have small class sizes, some religious education, specialized foreign language or emphasis in a particular discipline, like the arts or science. Private schools have tuition-based education, whereas charter schools are tuition free, independent public schools that are open to all students.
No matter what town your move takes you to in Minnesota, you will be able to find a solid school for your family, one that meets your needs for location, curriculum and budget. Now if you can just get your kids to do their homework!
The Minnesota Association of REALTORS® is the largest professional trade association in the state with more than 17,000 members who are active in all aspects of the real estate industry.