District Overview and Realtor Brochure - Minnetonka Public Schools

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					                       The Minnetonka School District community has a lot to
                       offer home buyers. Our residents enjoy miles of beautiful
                       lakeshore and trails, safe neighborhoods, a strong sense
                       of community and most important—great schools.

                       Families who choose to live in the Minnetonka School
                       District have one thing in common. They place a high
                       value on education and have high expectations for
                       schools. Minnetonka Public Schools are committed to
                       meeting and exceeding those expectations.   Our schools are focused on world-class, child-centered
   952-401-5000        excellence and our teachers work to ensure all students
                       envision and pursue their highest aspirations.

         Minnetonka Public Schools

    Inspiring in everyone a passion to excel
        Families choose to live in Minnetonka beca
Academic performance that meets or                                       Technology as an accelerator of learning
exceeds that of private school students                                   All classrooms have
 In 2011 Minnetonka High School had 13 National Merit                     SMART boards—
    Semifinalists and 19 National Merit Commended Students                 interactive white boards
                                                                           —and Sound Field
    2011 ACT Composite Scores
    Minnetonka’s Top 100...............................31.9
    Minnetonka’s Top 200...............................30.3                classroom microphones
    Minnetonka’s Class Average .....................25.5                   for teachers
    Wayzata .................................................... 25.8     66 Senteo Systems
    Benilde-St. Margaret’s ..............................26.0              Sets—handheld student
    Holy Family ............................................... 26.0       response systems
    Eden Prairie............................................... 25.3      1,078 iDevices (iPads/
    Hopkins ..................................................... 23.3     iPods)
    Chaska/Eastern Carver County .................23.2                    Minnetonka is a national leader in classroom technology:
    Westonka .................................................. 24.5
                                                                          − 2011 technology director named among the top 3 Tech
 Spring 2011 NWEA testing: In second grade, our middle                      Leaders of the Year
    student performs at the middle of third grade in reading              − 2008 National Technology Salute District
    and math; by sixth grade, our middle student performs at              − Since 2007 Minnetonka has hosted both national and state
    the end of 11th grade in reading and beyond 11th grade                   technology site visits, demonstrating for other educators
    in math (five grade levels ahead)                                        and educational leaders the power of technology to
                                                                             change the way teachers teach and children learn
Small class sizes
                                                                          − In 2006, Special Education Teacher Kelly Kautz won
                                     Average                 Range
    Kindergarten                       19                    15-23           the North American Regional SMART Teacher Award,
    Grades 1-5                         24                    16-31           sponsored by SMART Technologies; four other
    Grades 6-8                         30                    varies          Minnetonka teachers were finalists for this award
    Grades 9-12                        26                    varies       − Recognized by e-School News in 2006, Minnetonka’s
                                                                             leadership believes in technology as an accelerator of
A strong emphasis on early literacy                                          learning that changes the way people think and learn
                                                                          − American Association of School Administrators
Caring, dedicated teachers and staff                                         2005 President’s Award for Vision and Leadership in
High expectations for character,
responsibility and service                                               Award-winning fine arts
                                                                          Six consecutive Hennepin Theatre Trust SpotLight Awards
Specialty programs                                                          for Outstanding Overall Musical Production, since 2006
                                                                           − How to Succeed in Business won 14 SpotLight Awards,
 International Baccalaureate
    and Advanced Placement                                                    2011
    − Research shows                                                       − The Scarlet Pimpernel won 14 SpotLight Awards, 2010
    students who take                                                     2011 National High School Musical Theatre Best Actor
    college-level courses                                                   Award and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
    while in high school are                                               Minnesota Scholars of Distinction in Theatre Arts, 2006-
    more likely to complete                                                 2010
    their college degree                                                   Minnetonka High School Wind Ensemble rated Superior
 Chinese and Spanish Immersion beginning in kindergarten
                                                                            at the Minnesota State Music Competition, 14 years
 Personalized and proactive guidance/college counseling                   2005 Minnesota Choral Director of the Year
                                                                          In 2010, expanded Fine Arts opportunities in elementary
  − 99% MHS graduation rate (State average is 84%)
                                                                            band, orchestra and choir and the district Fine Arts Week
    − 93% of MHS graduates plan to attend a two- or four-year
       college (State average was 70% in 2008)                           Commitment to innovation
   Full- and half-day kindergarten options                              Apple iPad pilot: all 9th grade students receive iPads to
   Navigators—exceptionally gifted program                                 enhance learning and replace some textbooks
   Increased rigor and support in new middle school model                Elementary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and
   Early-Childhood Family Education and Minnetonka Preschool               Math) activities uses hands-on science projects to support
   The Writing Center                                                      inquiry-based learning
   Architecture and engineering design                                   Unique hybrid courses (1/2 classroom, 1/2 online)
   MHS International Studies Program
   Hazelden’s Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
ause they value excellence in education.
   Stable budgets and fiscally responsible                               − Minnetonka Aquatics Center—an eight lane, “fast”
   financial management                                                      competition pool and separate competition-standard
                                                                             diving well with bleacher seating for 370, a swimmer’s bal-
   One of only three school districts in the state of Minnesota             cony for 150 and an ultra-violet filtration and ventilation
    (and about 50 schools districts in the nation) with a Moody’s            system for swimmer comfort
    Aaa Bond Rating—the highest bond rating possible for any
                                                                         −   MME & MMW tennis courts—expanded to seven courts at
    corporate or government entity
                                                                             both schools to allow for more student participation and
   No increase in overall tax levy for three of the last five years
                                                                             hosting of Minnesota State High School League events (12
    as part of a multi-year financial management strategy that
                                                                             courts at Minnetonka High School)
                                                                         −   Veterans Field—a 600-seat baseball stadium with synthetic
    − Reducing the District’s overall budget by more than $3.8
                                                                             turf that also doubles as youth football fields
       million in 2005
                                                                         −   Legacy Fields—a four-field softball complex, the first girls-
    − Prudently using state aid increases to stretch over many
                                                                             only athletic complex in Minnetonka
                                                                         −   The Pagel Activity Center—a hockey arena that is also
    − Gaining voter approval of the District’s annual operating
                                                                             home to the Minnetonka Strength/Fitness Program
      levy through 2017
                                                                         −   Minnetonka Community Education Center for preschool,
    − Extending the District’s technology levy, which has allowed
                                                                             ECFC, youth and adult recreation and conference center
      the District to become a national leader in using technology
      as an accelerator of learning (through 2017)                     Strong community involvement & support
    − Bonding for capital building projects and sculpting debt
                                                                        Parent, staff and commu-
      payments to complete projects without increasing the               nity member involvement
      annual tax levy                                                    on advisory councils in
    − Growing enrollment to increase revenue and opportunities           the school district pro-
      for all students                                                   vides an extended level
   Minnetonka School Board Budget Allocation Policy directs             of expertise and over-
     77% of the District’s annual operating budget to instruction;       sight for administrative
     District Administration consumes less than 5% of the annual         functions
     operating budget                                                   Community organizations
   Recipient of a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting      support our students and
     each year since 1995                                                schools because they
   Awarded School Finance Awards from the Minnesota                     believe in our mission
     Department of Education in 2008, 2009 and 2010                      and vision
    ENERGY STAR Leader Award (national), 2011                          − Parent-Teacher-Student Association and PTOs/PTAs
   Parent satisfaction—2011 Parent Survey Results                       − Minnetonka Skippers Booster Club
                                                                        − Curtain Call Club (Theatre)
                                     98% of District parents
                                    rate the education provided         − Vocal Support (Choir)
                                    by Minnetonka Schools as            − Minnetonka Band Boosters
                                    excellent or good                   − Touchdown Club (Football)
                                     97% of parents believe            − Diamond Club (Baseball/Softball)
                                    Minnetonka Schools provide a        − Anchor Club (Swim/Dive)
                                    safe learning environment
                                                                        − Buckets Club (Basketball)
                                     96% of parents believe
                                    Minnetonka High School              − Minnetonka Public Schools Foundation
                                    provides a challenging              − Tonka Pride
                                    curriculum                          − Minnetonka Alumni Association

                                                                                                       A vibrant community
   Updated facilities and classrooms                                                                 education program
   All schools renovated in the last three years                                                    offers adult and youth
   State-of-the-art facilities                                                                      enrichment and
   − The Arts Center on 7 and The Studio Theater has a 650-seat                                      recreation opportunities
      performing arts facility with three performance spaces,
      rehearsal rooms and video recording facilities at MHS
    − Einer Anderson Stadium—a multi-use complex for football,
      soccer, lacrosse and track with high-tech synthetic turf,
      covered during the winter months by the Tonka Dome
The Minnetonka School District proudly serves the communities of Chanhassen, Deephaven,
         Eden Prairie, Excelsior, Greenwood, Minnetonka, Shorewood, Tonka Bay,
      Victoria and Woodland. Minnetonka welcomes non-resident students through
                          Minnesota’s Open Enrollment Program.

              If you or a potential home buyer would like more information
                              about Minnetonka Public Schools,
                  please visit or call 952-401-5000.

                          Public Schools
              Focused on World-Class Child-Centered Excellence

          When it’s time to make a decision
          about your child’s education, look
          to Minnetonka Public Schools.
             • Outstanding Student Achievement
             • Small Class Sizes
             • National Leader in Classroom Technology
             • Chinese or Spanish Language Immersion Options
             • Navigator Program for Exceptionally Gifted
             • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
               and Advanced Placement
             • Among the Top High Schools in America
               (The Washington Post)
                                          You want the best education
                                             for your child. So do we.
                                                 Visit us and compare
                                                 Minnetonka Schools
                                                    to any area public
                                                     or private school.


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