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Subject: best high schools in the Twin Cities of Minnesota
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Asked by: bertsletten-ga
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Posted: 21 May 2006 21:54 PDT
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Question ID: 731190
What are the best high schools in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, public
and private? (I have a 15 year old daughter, sophmore age next school
year, who appears to be gifted but not very motivated.)

Clarification of Question by bertsletten-ga on 21 May 2006 21:57 PDT
I meant of course, Minneapolis/St.Paul metro area
Subject: Re: best high schools in the Twin Cities of Minnesota
Answered By: politicalguru-ga on 22 May 2006 05:42 PDT
Dear Bert, 

Before you choose a highschool you should decide what is best for you
- not what other people, such as newspaper rankings or Google Answers
Researchers - are saying, but what is best for your own girl.

Ask yourself: 
Where would she feel the best socially? academically? 
You've mentioned that your daughter is gifted but lacks in motivation
- what programmes does the school have, in order to help her motivate
Does the school offers a unique subject, a major or an activity she'd
like to take?
What about matters of discipline? Of Faith/denomination? 

Another factor is how comptetative the school is. Some people flourish
in a competative environment, some people are intimidated and become
paralysed. It is highly likely that there is a positive correlation
between the level of competativeness and the "academic ranking" of the

After this lond introduction, here are some recommended high schools
in Twin Cities, according to Newsweek and other sources. Newsweek
regularly ranks the best 1000 schools in America. Their methodology is
to use academic achievements such as AP (advanced placement) and IB
per student. In other words, in Newsweek's book, "best" is as in "best
in preparing for college". It might be that your idea of "best" is
different. Here are the Minneapolis/St. Paul results, in a ranked
order ("best" first):

Southwest High School

Como Park High School

Patrick Henry High School 

Highland Park High School

Newsweek's full ranking is available at: 
The 100 Best High Schools in America

Schools not ranked by Newsweek, but mentioned elsewhere: 

Minneapolis South
"South is generally regarded as one of the best high schools in the
metropolitan area due to its extensive offerings in general education,
special education, athletics, and world languages (French, Spanish,
German, Latin, Chinese, Ojibwe). South also, by many estimates, has
one of the best theater programs in the state. The school is renowned
for its cultural diversity, with students from white,
African-American, indigenous African (particularly Somali, Oromo, and
West African), Asian (particularly Hmong), American Indian, and
Hispanic communities. There is an increasing number of Eastern
European students. There is also great economic diversity, and
equality amongst different classes." (Wikipedia,

Minneapolis South

And indeed, Minneapolis South, next to Southwest, is the school with
the best academic record, between public schools, as could be seen
Minneapolis Public Schools

A good place to compare between schools and to read parents' reviews
about different schools in the area is "Great"

Great Schools .Net : Minneapolis Schools

Great Schools .Net : St. Paul Schools

I hope this answers your question. Please contact me if you need any
clarification on this answer before you rate it.
Subject: Re: best high schools in the Twin Cities of Minnesota
From: nautico-ga on 22 May 2006 02:49 PDT
I'm a '57 grad of The Blake School, which has three campuses: Your
daughter would attend the high school, which is sited in the old
Northrop School building in downtown Mpls. Blake has long been
recognized as the very best school (K-12) in the Twin Cities. Its
alumni comprise the most influential movers and shakers in Mpls and
St. Paul, and its teachers are peerless. I highly recommend Blake and
suggest you peruse its web site:
Subject: Re: best high schools in the Twin Cities of Minnesota
From: nelson-ga on 22 May 2006 03:46 PDT
For public schools, which district do you live in?
Subject: Re: best high schools in the Twin Cities of Minnesota
From: nautico-ga on 22 May 2006 09:54 PDT
I note that the Answer does not contain any info about Blake School
and the other private (non-parochial) schools in the Twin Cities,
unless I missed seeing it. Though I'm sure that many of the top rated
public schools are indeed excellent, none come close to Blake for
academic rigor and the degree of personal attention from faculty.
Subject: Re: best high schools in the Twin Cities of Minnesota
From: brix24-ga on 22 May 2006 16:56 PDT
Before you rely on Newsweek's rankings, you might want to read this
article that points out serious problems with Newsweek's methodology.

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