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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    C
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Stillwater Area Public Schools is a highly rated, public school district located in Stillwater, MN. It has 8,444 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 69% of students are at least proficient in math and 70% in reading.

Stillwater Area Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
70%
Percent Proficient - Math
69%
Average Graduation Rate
89%
Average SAT
1300
35 responses
Average ACT
27
550 responses

Students

Diversity
C
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
8,444
Free or Reduced Lunch
15.6%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$68,591
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.1%

Finances

Total Expenses
$103,775,000
Expenses Per Student
$13,125/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    65%
  • Support Services
    31%
  • Other
    4%
Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    A-
Median Household Income
$84,104
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$988
National
$949
Median Home Value
$271,000
National
$184,700

Stillwater Area Public Schools Reviews

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The one thing Stillwater may be good for is academics. From the years 2013-2016 the school was not diverse at all. The school population is pretty conservative, so the education is very "white washed". The teachers were amazing though. They really care about their students and their success. So, I think they prepare you well for college. You could tell that the teachers were on a strict teaching rubric, and that is where the "white washed" history comes in (such as peaceful colonizers in the US, etc). They don't do well at celebrating all holidays/cultures either unless you're in the language department learning Spanish or French. The administration is alright though and the school is definitely safe. School culture can be good if you have a solid group of friends, however, cliques are very real. Their sports are excellent, however, if you want to play on their team you either have had to play since birth or your family has a history in the sport (they are very competitive).
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My experience with the school district has been overall positive. Throughout my schooling I have made connections with so many of my teachers and they have provided me with academic support as well as emotional support to maximize my potential in the classroom. Stillwater has outstanding academics as well as amazing sports team. The school has had countless State appearances and remarkable performances, many resulting in Division I athletes. The buildings are safe and update with amazing gyms, especially the high school. While the district is overall good, there are a few problems. Firstly, the district is not very diverse. A majority of the students and staff are white. Secondly, the high school as had an overwhelming vaping problem as well as kids overdosing on prescription drugs. While this problem is not everyone at school, it rapidly becoming a bigger issue. Overall, I am glad to have attended this district and cannot wait to see how it grows in the Future.
The Stillwater Area Public Schools system is a well-developed system that does a relatively good job of providing what is necessary for students to succeed both academically and socially. I have been extremely impressed with the school's wide variety of both academic and athletic extracurriculars. If there is not an extracurricular available for one's interest, it is easy to gain support and create a club for that area. Also, despite the school's limited diversity, it seems to do a good job at recognizing its many diverse student groups.