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Defining Excellence

Edina Public Schools is among the top public school systems in the country for one reason -- the quality of academic experience we offer every student.

Consistent Quality and Continuous Improvement

A philosophy of continuous improvement is fundamental at Edina Public Schools. In strategic planning, curriculum and policy development, and community engagement, EPS focuses its work on growing toward a future that is both challenging and exciting.

Continuous improvement is what makes EPS a national leader in 21st Century education and earns the District high rankings and top spots on lists that measure quality by many standards.EPS advances its continuous improvement strategies while providing consistent academic quality that has been a hallmark of the District for decades. Sustaining this quality and reputation into the future can only be achieved by evolving to meet the diverse needs of students, who will live and work in a world that is constantly changing. That has been, and will continue to be, the definition of Edina Excellence.


Edina Public School students excel in all areas of academics, activities, and athletics.
  • 10 EHS seniors are named National Merit Semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. The program honors students who show exceptional academic ability.
  • 23 EHS students are selected as Commended Students in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. These students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students.

  • EHS senior Maddie Dahlien is named Ms. Soccer Minnesota. Dahlien scored 33 goals during the 2021 Fall season.

  • EHS Girls Cross Country team wins the State AAA Championship. The program now holds 4 State Championship titles.
  • 4 EHS juniors are finalists in the Project Green Challenge, which drew competing teams from around the world. These students created a team because they saw it as a great opportunity to get involved in environmental activism.

  • 2 EHS seniors are named Triple ‘A’ recipients. The Triple ‘A’ program was created to recognize one male and one female student who excel in the arts, athletics and academics.
  • 2 EHS juniors are named ExCEL Award recipients. Recipients are active in school activities, leaders in their schools, and who demonstrate a strong commitment to community service.
  • Sydney Raley saves a life with quick thinking and decisive action. The EHS sophomore jumped through the window of the drive-through to assist a choking customer.

  • EHS student-teacher team chosen for National History Day Summer Institute. They are one of 16 student-teacher teams nationwide selected to participate in Honolulu in Summer 2022.

MARCH 2022
  • Maddie Dahlien is named Edina High School’s Athena Award winner for the 2021-2022 school year. Dahlien is a two-sport star, both in Soccer and Track & Field
  • EHS Boys Swim & Dive team win the State AA Championship. The Hornets also placed first in the 200-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard medley relay, and 400-yard freestyle relay.
  • Essa Amin is been named a Dell Scholar. This highly competitive program provides financial and personalized support to students attending a higher education institution.
  • Highlands students place third in the Minnesota Zoo Wolf Exhibit Design competition. Students were challenged to engineer a design solution for the zoo’s pack of gray wolves.
  • 2 EHS students receive Global STEM scholarship. The Global STEM Academies are full-scholarship, STEM and sustainability-focused intercultural exchange programs for teens worldwide. 
  • 5 EHS students are honored with computing awards. Beyond prizes and media attention, award honorees have access to mentoring, job shadows, internships, and college scholarship opportunities. 
  • 11 EHS students receive Connecting with Kids Awards. These are students who demonstrated incredible leadership during the pandemic that helped youth in the community stay engaged and connected.

APRIL 2022
  • Mrs. Huberty’s class at Cornelia Elementary successfully earns a trip to the 2022 NCAA Women’s Final Four by participating in the Read to the Final Four Challenge.
  • Adeline Meyer is awarded a Graduating Seniors Award by U.S. Figure Skating. Meyer received a platinum award, the highest level based on a skater's level of competitive achievement.
  • 2 EHS seniors receive a four-year $4,000 scholarship through the Wallin Education Partners. Recipients Essa Amin and Hanan Abdi are first generation college attendees.
  • EHS students dive into the second annual Shark Tank, which gives them the opportunity to pitch entrepreneurship projects to compete for cash prizes and the title of Shark Tank Champion.

MAY 2022
  • Phoebe Zamoff is awarded one of the most highly selective  scholarships in the nation. To be named a Jefferson Scholar, candidates must undergo a rigorous, highly competitive, multi-stage selection process.
  • Rayika Sheikhosman presents her research paper at the Minnesota Youth Institute. At the event, the EHS sophomore will receive a $1,000 scholarship and learn more about world hunger.
  • EHS Thespians are honored with Spotlight Awards from the Hennepin Theatre Trust. Both “Mamma Mia” and "Space Girl" received a total of 18 awards.
  • EHS student-run publications receive multiple Gold Medallion Awards for staff and individuals, the highest student journalism honors given at the state level.
  • EHS robotics team, The Green Machine, wins the MSHSL State Championship. The Green Machine is made up of 21 dedicated, creative, and collaborative students.
  • 5 EHS seniors are awarded National Merit Scholarships. Students enter by taking the PSAT/NMSQT during their junior year and are evaluated based on academic abilities, skills, and accomplishments.
  • 186 EHS graduates will receive recognition on their diploma for language proficiency. Nearly one-third of seniors earned Bilingual or Multilingual Seals or Certificates.
  • EHS senior Dedeepya Guthikonda is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Presidential Scholar for her demonstration of leadership and contribution to school and community.
  • 60 students from South View Middle School advanced to regionals in the National History Day competition, with 25 of those students qualifying for the state competition.
  • Kate Hibbs, 3rd grader at Normandale Elementary, won first prize at the Little Mozart International Piano Competition 2022 at Carnegie Hall, in New York City. She played Mozart Sonata in C major, K. 330.
  • 6 SVMS eighth graders have their poems published in the 43rd Annual COMPAS Anthology of Student Writing. They were selected from over 4,000 submissions for their exceptional creativity and unique perspective.
  • 18 EHS juniors are honored with Book Awards, which are a collaboration with colleges and universities around the nation that recognize outstanding students.
  • 23 students graduate as Rotary Global Scholars. Students must take coursework above and beyond graduation requirements and reach the highest level of a world language, along with other requirements.
  • 5 seniors are named Page Scholars. This honor comes with a scholarship of $2,500 for students attending a four-year school, and $2,000 scholarship for students attending a two-year school.

JUNE 2022
  • Jimmy Vu, an EHS sophomore, placed first in the Global Food Challenge Essay Contest, which addressed the topic of rBST in dairy products.
  • Ansel Erol, an EHS junior, achieved the top individual score at this year’s Minnesota Economics Challenge. The EHS Economics Team placed third overall in the state Challenge.


Levels of academic achievement and longevity with the district are an indication of the dedication EPS teaching staff has to our students.
  • Sayali Amarapurkar is honored as the 2021 Tom Oye Award recipient. Amarapurkar serves as Executive Director of the AshaUSA organization and is the South Asian cultural liaison at EPS.

  • SVMS Assistant Principal is named to the Special Olympics’ National Education Leaders Network. Cook is honored as a national leader in special education, research, social equity, and education leadership.
  • Jeff Jorgensen is named Administrator of the Year. This award is designed to recognize principals, supervisors, directors, and other administrators who support the field of school psychology.

MARCH 2022
  • Sean Beaverson is recognized as an Emerging Leader. The Emerging Leaders program is designed to promote collaborative learning and sharing and create opportunities for leadership.

APRIL 2022
  • Dr. Cara Rieckenberg is selected as the 2022 Teacher of the Year. Rieckenberg helped develop the Hammock Forest, brought MN Trout in the Classroom project to the school, and much more.

MAY 2022
  • A districtwide retirement celebration honors 44 Edina Public Schools retirees. Collectively, they have contributed 1,006 years of service.
  • Chris Griggs, an EHS social studies teacher, is selected to attend the prestigious Supreme Court Summer Institute. 60 teachers were selected to participate this year.

JUNE 2022
  • Dr. Cara Rieckenberg receives the inaugural Mississippi National River & Recreation Area’s Big River Teacher Award. The award celebrates a MN educator who empowers students to build a lifelong relationship with the Mississippi River.


System-wide focus on academic excellence for EVERY student has earned EPS a reputation for academic rigor, innovation, and responsible use of resources.
  • EPS receives the highest credit rating granted to public school districts. Edina Public Schools is one of three districts in the state with the rating, which it has held for many years.

  • EPS launches a new districtwide website for a more visual approach to telling stories of Excellence. This is part of our commitment to improved communication and marketing.
  • Edina High School is named the No. 1 Best College Prep High School in Minnesota. Niche rankings are based on graduation rates, AP enrollment, SAT/ACT scores, state test scores, and more.
  • EHS receives an A+ in Academics and is rated the #3 Best MN Public High School for STEM. Ratings incorporate academics, teachers, extracurriculars, health & safety, and diversity.

  • Edina School Board approves a new Spanish immersion program. The Countryside Spanish Immersion Program will begin with two classrooms of kindergarteners in fall 2022.
  • Edina School Board approves new embedded STEAM programming. Implementation in elementary schools is expected to begin in the 2023-24 school year.

APRIL 2022
  • EPS is honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation for its outstanding commitment to music education.
  • EPS opens enrollment for a new K-12 Virtual Pathway. Edina Virtual Pathway (EVP) was created for students interested in an online learning experience.

MAY 2022
  • U.S. News ranks EHS No. 4 MN public, non-charter school. The publication’s ranking methodology uses six “indicators of school quality,” each of which are weighted to produce an overall score.

JUNE 2022
  • Edina Public Schools’ district website is recognized with an Award of Excellence in the Publications & Digital Media category by the National School Public Relations Association. The top award in each category is the Award of Excellence.


The Edina community continues to show overwhelming support for the school district in surveys, as well as through community involvement.
  • Students team up with local musicians to promote Concert for a Cause. The goal is to raise funds for non-profit community mental health counseling.

  • Lake Harriet Masonic Lodge delivers a check to EPS to purchase supplies for students with diabetes. The Lodge has been donating the proceeds of their annual pancake breakfast since the early 1990s.

MARCH 2022
  • Edina students and staff took the plunge into freezing cold water to support Special Olympics MN and their inclusion programs. The community surpassed their fundraising goal and raised more than $41,000!

APRIL 2022
  • The Edina community comes together for “One Town, One Family” authentic community engagement. Any and all Edina citizens are invited to reimagine, define and create an inclusive community.

MAY 2022
  • STEAM learning goes into orbit! EPS is the only district in MN selected to have a “classroom” in space in the 2022-23 school year! Students will develop microgravity experiment proposals and one will make the journey to the International Space Station.
Two graduates smiling

Excellence in Action

Visit Edina News where you can read more about the ongoing excellence of EPS students, staff and schools!

Edina News

EHS marching band in the homecoming parade.