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
Dr. John W. Schultz
Assistant Principal/Activities Director
Dean of StudentsJeff Marshall
Senior Class Size: 655
College Board and National Association for College Admission Counseling
Nicole Plafcan 952-848-3184
William Hicks 952-848-3127
Taylor Johnson 952-848-3142
Dylan Hackbarth 952-848-3125
Lisa Burnham 952-848-3126
Sandra Schmidt 952-848-3128
Julie Block 952-848-3188
Robin Dayneko 952-848-3189
Natalie Golberg 9th grade
Angela Kieffer 9th grade
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)
- Calculus AB
- Calculus BC
- 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
- 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)
- College Algebra
- Pre-AP English 9
- Pre-AP English 10
- Pre-AP French Language & Culture
- French IV
- 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%
Science Reasoning %
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
Evidence Based Reading & Writing
Advanced Placement Program
% of Scores 3+
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
AP Scholars with Honor
AP Scholars with Distinction
National AP Scholar
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.
Of the 170 certified faculty members, 84 percent have earned master’s, specialist or doctoral degrees. 54 staff are National Board Certified.
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.
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.
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
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
Percent of Entire Class
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
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