Aug. 15, 2016
Newsweek magazine’s annual list of America’s Top High Schools has again named Edina High School (EHS) in the top 100. At 86th, EHS is the highest ranked public high school in the state. In total, 17 Minnesota high schools were ranked in the top 500.
In a separate ranking, Newsweek created a “Beating the Odds” list that factors in the percentage of students who are economically disadvantaged as measured by free and reduced lunch program (FRPL) enrollment. According to Newsweek, the Beating the Odds ranking identifies “schools that do an excellent job of preparing students for college while also overcoming the obstacles” posed by economic disadvantage. EHS was also in the top 500 school named to this list, ranking third in the state at 167th.
Methodology for the rankings includes analysis of in-depth data on college readiness indicators, including counselor-to-student ratio; college acceptance and enrollment rate; SAT and ACT participation and performance; AP, IB and AICE participation and performance; and dual enrollments. Newsweek uses information from the federal database of the National Center for Education Statistics, data reported to the U.S. Department of Education and their own surveys of approximately 6,500 high schools in the country. The surveys gathered data from the 2014-15 school year. Westat, one of the nation’s leading research firms, is Newsweek’s partner in producing the list.
The Newsweek ranking, along with the recent Gold Medal ranking by U.S. News & World Report, are reflections of the hard work by students and staff, according to EHS Principal Bruce Locklear. “We see the incredible commitment our students bring to the classroom each day, and the incredible commitment by our teachers that greets our students each day,” he said. “These rankings acknowledge the hard work by students and staff and show that the day-in, day-out dedication to excellence really does make a difference on a larger scale. It bodes well for our students as they leave our school and head into the next phase of their lives.”
Superintendent Ric Dressen also acknowledged the recognition and pointed to ongoing efforts to ensure that Edina Public Schools will continue to be a district that prepares students for success in a future that is evolving.
“Rankings like this one confirm that we are on the right path yet we know the future is not defined. Our students embark on academic and career paths that are very different than the ones that were available to us,” Dressen said. “As we continue implementation of our Next Generation strategic plan this year, we will be advancing programming and learning opportunities at all levels in ways that prepare our students for success in an ever changing world.”Read more about Newsweek’s ranking of America’s high schools.