• Edina High School Profile

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    6754 Valley View Road ~ Edina ~ Minnesota ~ 55439-1761
    952-848-3800 ~ Fax: 952-848-3119 ~ School Code 240-708

    Superintendent

    Dr. John W. Schultz

    Principal

    Andrew Beaton

    Assistant Principals

    Jenny Johnson
    Michael Pretasky
    Jenn Carter

    Assistant Principal/Activities Director

    Troy Stein

    Dean of Students 

    Jeff Marshall

     

    Website

     
     

    2020-2021

    Enrollment: 2,670

    Senior Class Size: 655

    School year:
    Two semesters

    Memberships:
    College Board and National Association for College Admission Counseling

     

    Counselors

    Nicole Plafcan  952-848-3184
    A-Br
    nicole.plafcan@edinaschools.org

    William Hicks  952-848-3127
    Bu-Ec
    angela.kieffer@edinaschools.org

    Taylor Johnson 952-848-3142
    Ed-Hau
    taylor.johnson@edinaschools.org

    Dylan Hackbarth   952-848-3125
    Hav-Lan
    dylan.hackbarth@edinaschools.org

    Lisa Burnham   952-848-3126
    Lao-Mor
    lisa.burnham@edinaschools.org

    Sandra Schmidt   952-848-3128
    Mos-Rol
    sandra.schmidt@edinaschools.org

    Julie Block  952-848-3188
    Rom-Swa
    julie.block@edinaschools.org

    Robin Dayneko  952-848-3189
    Swb-Z
    robin.dayneko@edinaschools.org

    Natalie Golberg 9th grade
    (952) 848-3127
    Angela Kieffer 9th grade
    (952) 848-3122

     


    Curriculum

    A comprehensive curriculum of 140+ courses emphasizes preparation for college. Besides extensive offerings in English, mathematics, social studies and sciences, study in four languages is offered: six years of French and Spanish, five in Latin, five years in Chinese and three years in American Sign Language (ASL). Please note: We do not offer first and second year classes in French. Sophomores in our 9-12 high school will typically take the third year of this language. One notable exception: approximately 40 French students in ninth grade have been part of our Immersion program since kindergarten; as sophomores, they will take Diverse Francophone World. As juniors, they’ll take AP French Language & Culture. As seniors, they all have an opportunity to take French Culture in the Modern World.

    In addition, students have an opportunity to take courses in business education, family and consumer sciences, performing and fine arts and physical education.

    For complete course descriptions go to: www.edinaschools.org/ehscounseling_registration

    Edina students have numerous opportunities for enriched (accelerated) or AP courses.

    AP Courses   (25 total)

    • Biology
    • Calculus AB
    • Calculus BC
    • Chemistry
    • Chinese Language and Culture
    • Comparative Government
    • Computer Science
    • Computer Science Principles
    • Economics (Micro/Macro)
    • Environmental Science
    • European History
    • French Language & Culture
    • Human Geography
    • Latin V
    • Physics
    • Psychology
    • Spanish Language and Culture
    • Statistics & Trigonometry
    • Student Art 2D
    • Studio Art 3D
    • United States Government
    • United States History
    • United States Literature and Language
    • World History
    • World Literature and Language

    Enriched (Enr) Courses   (10 total)

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • College Algebra
    • Pre-AP English 9
    • Pre-AP English 10
    • Pre-AP French Language & Culture
    • French IV
    • Physics
    • Socioloty
    • Spanish IV

    Honors Courses (1 total starting with class 2022)

    Pre-AP English 10 (semester one only)


    Post Secondary Enrollment Option

    In addition, 11th and 12th grade students may also complete graduation requirements by taking course work, funded by the state, at Minnesota public and private colleges. Seventy plus students designated as PSEO on their transcript, are enrolled in this program on a full or part-time basis for the 2020-21 school year.


    Recent Test Scores

    ***Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, there is limited testing data for
    the Class of 2020. The data for ACT/SAT below is for the class of 2019.

    ACT - American College Test (2018-19)

    Number of seniors taking the test: 646
    Percent of the class: 95%

    ACT

    English %

    Math %

    Reading %

    Science Reasoning %

    33-36

    20

    8

    18

    10

    28-32

    23

    20

    29

    23

    24-27

    20

    30

    15

    25

    20-23

    20

    18

    20

    26

    16-19

    7

    16

    11

    12

    13-15

    8

    7

    5

    2

    0-12

    2

    1

    2

    1

    Mean Scores

    26.6

    25.2

    26.9

    25.8

    The average ACT score was 26.3

    Note: According to ACT, the percentage of Edina students ready for college level course work was twice as high as the typical Minnesota High School graduate.

    SAT Reasoning Test (2018-2019

    Number of seniors taking the test::  87
    Percent of the class: 12

    SAT Reasoning

    Mean

    Evidence Based Reading & Writing

    656

    Math

    649

    Total  Score

    1305



    Advanced Placement Program

    School Year

    Students

    Tests

    % of Scores 3+

    2019-20

    1,176

    2,216

    86.7%

    2018-19

    1,268

    2,488

    86.2%

    2017-18

    1,259

    2,466

    87.7%

    2016-17

    1,251

    2,353

    85.8%

    2015-16

    1,205

    2,280

    84.7%

    Note:  Edina High School administered in May 2020 almost twice as many AP exams as any other high school in the state.

    Advanced Placement Scholars

    Number of Scholars: 507    Average Score: 4.16

    2020 School Year

    # of Students

    Average Score

    AP Scholars

    167

    3.51

    AP Scholars with Honor

    86

    3.84

    AP Scholars with Distinction

    254

    4.28

    National AP Scholar

    68

    4.59



     

     

    Community

    Edina is both a small city, population 49,050 and a suburban, residential community on the southwest edge of Minneapolis. With a high percentage of college graduates, most parents are employed in professional and managerial positions.


    Faculty

    Of the 170 certified faculty members, 84 percent have earned master’s, specialist or doctoral degrees. 54 staff are National Board Certified.


    Graduation Requirements

    The Board of Education requires a minimum of 43 credits in grades 9-12. Requirements for the class of 2021 are:

    • English-Four years, including one year of literature
    • Health-One semester
    • Physical Education-Two semesters
    • Math-Three years, at least through Advanced Algebra with Probability and Statistics
    • Science-Three years, including Biology and at least two additional credits in Physics or Chemistry
    • Social Studies-One year of U.S. History, one year of Government, one semester of Economics, and one year of either World History or European History. The state geography requirement is satisfied through a year of U.S. History and either a year of World History or European History.

    Extracurricular Activities

    Besides the formal curriculum, Edina students are engaged in many co-curricular activities at our school. Surveys show approximately 85% of our high school students take part in these activities. One in three takes one or more leadership roles. Edina offers a wide array of opportunities including athletics, debate, music, publications, student government, theater, and clubs ranging from art to foreign language to math. Our Youth Serving Youth program, focusing on leadership, community service and social awareness has over fifteen groups.


    Decile Rank

    By Board policy, Edina High School High School will not rank students, but will provide a grade distribution chart by deciles. Decile rank is determined by deciles, that is, groups of ten percent of the senior class. With a senior class of 700 students, or example, the first decile includes approximately the top 70 student GPA’s. The second decile contains the next ten percent and so forth.


    Grading System   AP Courses are weighted 1.2

    A = 4               C+ = 2.3        D- = .67

    A- = 3.67        C = 2             F = 0

    B+ = 3.3          C- = 1.67       P = Pass

    B = 3               D+ = 1.3        NG = No Grade

    B- = 2.67        D = 1             NC = No Credit


    Post-Secondary Plans
    Class of 2020

    Four-year Colleges/Universities - 83%

    • 63% Public, 37% Private
    • 40% Minnesota, 60% Out-of-State

    Community Colleges/Technical Colleges - 9%
    Gap Year - 3%
    Military - .5%
    N/A - 3.5%
    Other/Employment - 1%

    Graduates will attend 180 different Colleges and Universities in 2020-2021


    National Merit Scholarship Program

     

    2021

    2020

    2019

    2018

    2017

    Semifinalists

    25

    19

    17

    16

    14

    Commended Students

    22

    20

    30

    31

    35

    Percent of Entire Class

    7.18%

    5.57%

    6.71%

    7.0%

    7.2%


    Honors and Awards

    • U.S. Department of Education National School of Excellence.
    • Five Star School (highest rating possible) designated by the Minnesota Department of Education.
    • #1 College prep high school in Minnesota (Niche)
    • Top school for student success in Minnesota (USA Today
    • #1 in Minnesota  for sending students to elite colleges (Polaris list)
    • Student publications include Images, our literary arts magazine, Zephyrus, our student newspaper, and Whigrean, our yearbook. Each of these publications has won state and national awards from organizations such as Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Journalism Educators of Minnesota, and National Scholastic Press Association. Students are selected for Whigrean and Zephyrus through a competitive process.
    • Comprehensive music program features Concert, Symphonic,  Varsity, Marching and Pep Bands; Symphonic, Chamber and Philharmonic orchestras; Concert Choir, Varsity, Men's and Bel Canto Choir. Small groups include jazz ensembles, chamber choirs, solo and ensemble contest participation.  The Concert Choir, Concert Band and Orchestra have earned superior ratings from the Minnesota State High School League for decades.  GRAMMY® Signature school. This award recognizes the top public high schools across the United States that have made outstanding commitments to music education. The Minnesota String and Orchestra Teachers Association (MNSOTA) recognized Edina Public Schools’ (EPS) orchestra program with the 2017 Meritorious Orchestra Program Award.
    • 187 state athletic championships - #1 among 500 members of the Minnesota State High School League.
    • Over 50 sports, activities and academic teams
    • Edina’s athletic program is ranked 8th in the nation by Sports Illustrated Magazine. The ranking is done once a decade and recognizes all-around achievement over a 10-year period
    • The Green Machine, Edina’s robotics team, received the highest award in competition at the national FIRST Robotics Competition in 2019.
    • Award winning Model United Nations and DECA teams
    • Leadership Opportunities: Student Council, Student Senate, 212 Leader ship, Mosaic and Hornet Mentors
    • Unified Options include Physical Education, sports and theater.
    • Over 50 student led clubs. Examples: Project Earth, Coding Club, Girl Up

    Counseling Office Contacts

    Assignment of students to counselors is done by team in 9th grade and alphabetically in grades 10- 12 as indicated on the top corner of the reverse side. Besides the counselors listed on the front page, three administrative assistants serve the department. Mrs. Nancy Knutson (952) 848-3131 and Mrs. Molly Thuma (952) 848-3833 work with Nicole Plafcan, Taylor Johnson, Bill Hicks and Dylan Hackbarth. Ms. Samantha O’Donnell (952) 848-3803 works with Lisa Burnham, Julie Block, Sandy Schmidt and Robin Dayneko. College representative visits (Virtual) may be scheduled in RepVisits at least two weeks in advance of the desired time.


    COVID-19 Impact of Learning Addendum

    Spring 2020

    Distance Learning at Edina High School took place during the time period of  March 16th through June 30, 2020, resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. This is also noted on all student transcripts.

    The Edina School Board passed a resolution to allow students the opportunity to change any passing grade from Semester 2, 2020 to a P (“Pass”) on the their transcript. Non-passing grades for Semester 2, 2020 are noted as NG (“No Grade”).

    2020-2021 School Year

    Edina High School is providing two learning models for students, part-time in a hybrid learning model and a full-time online learning model.

    • A hybrid model of learning is a weekly blend of in-school learning following strict safety guidelines, and at-home learning via technology.
    • Full-time distance learning in the newly designed Edina Virtual Academy. This includes synchronous and asynchronous school days.

     


    Updated October 2, 2020