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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    A+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Wayzata High School is an elite, public school located in Plymouth, MN. It has 3,237 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 74% of students are at least proficient in math and 72% in reading.
Address
4955 Peony Ln N
Plymouth, MN 55446
Telephone
(763) 745-6610

Wayzata High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
72%
Percent Proficient - Math
74%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1410
85 responses
Average ACT
29
451 responses
AP Enrollment
30%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Cost of Living
    B-
  4. Good for Families
    A+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$88,378
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,187
National
$949
Median Home Value
$310,900
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
94%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.33 responses
Poll
79%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.33 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 102 responses
Report
  • Prom and watching football
    24%
  • Mr. Wayzata, Wayzata Idol and Homecoming week
    24%
  • Sing-a-Grams
    14%
  • Matchmaker
    8%
  • Heart Week
    7%
  • Marching Band
    6%
  • Survivor
    6%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
3,237
Free or Reduced Lunch
12%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.43 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.43 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.43 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$62,563
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.9%
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.50 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.50 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.50 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$15,801/ year
National
$12,239
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.58 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.58 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.58 responses
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I had little knowledge of English coming to high school and my freshmen year was only bearable due to my ESL teacher. I had faced no prejudice or had any trouble due to my language, teachers as well as students were always nice and helpful to me. Counselors had watched closely over ESL students, coming every month to class and answering all the questions and concerns we had. They kept encouraging us to challenge ourselves. Now, being senior, my favorite class is AP Lit, though it takes me a very long time to read the books, the discussions we have in class are really great and the opinions other students share are peculiar - I know that I would never think of such interpretations on my own. I partake in forensics event of science olympiad, and I can say, we never have any shortage in chemicals or any required equipment. Though the school was intimidating at first (it is getting close to 4000 students), I had a really good experience here and I am happy to be a Trojan!
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Academic opportunities and preparation for college are outstanding. The district offers a wide variety of classes, Advanced Placement classes, and the chance to receive college credit, STEM education, and more than thirty clubs and groups to become involved in.
However, there is a large problem. Mental health within the community is largely overlooked and ignored. Out of almost 5,000 students, there are only two on-campus therapists available. The social workers are often over-booked and offer only a limited amount of resources to many students in dire situations. In the last two years, there have been two suicides and many more students left feeling broken, extremely anxious, and unsatisfied with the lack of support given to them.
Many students have potential, as long as they have the means to achieve it.
In a school as big as Wayzata High School, there is a perfect opportunity to grow as a student while being guided by amazing teachers. The competitive environment that exists really motivates students to take advantage of their limitless resources and become the best person they can. With a variety of classes and unique programs that can only be found in this school, such as Compass and HMC, students can really explore different areas of study and find their true passions. The flexibility in choosing classes allow students to truly thrive and grow as a high school student. The opportunities provided by Wayzata really prepare students well for whichever path they choose to take after high school. Along with a wide range of classes, Wayzata is well known for their many accomplished sports teams and clubs that are readily available to anyone. Wayzata truly encourages students to have a taste of everything they show curiosity in.