Minnetonka – District 276

General Information

School District Name:  276- Minnetonka

School Website:  http://www.minnetonka.k12.mn.us

School Contact:

District Service Center
5621 County Road 101
Minnetonka, MN 55345

Phone Number:  952-401-5000

Email Address:  communications@minnetonka.k12.mn.us

About Minnetonka Schools

The Minnetonka Public School District is a high performing school district proudly serving families in all or part of 10 communities: Minnetonka, Chanhassen, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Excelsior, Greenwood, Shorewood, Tonka Bay, Victoria and Woodland. Together the ten communities have provided incredible levels of support for the children and programs in the Minnetonka Public Schools. We serve approximately 10,100 students in grades K-12. In addition, our birth-to-5 Early Childhood Family Education Program serves families and children during the most critical early developmental years.

Our focus on world-class, child-centered excellence means we can personalize each child’s education to meet his or her unique needs.

Our students attend one of six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. A variety of specialized programs allow each family choice and flexibility. Each school (K-12) offers both our Immersion Language Program or our excellent English program. Chinese Immersion is offered at Excelsior Elementary, Scenic Heights Elementary, both Minnetonka Middle Schools and Minnetonka High School. Spanish Immersion is offered at Clear Springs, Deephaven, Groveland, and Minnewashta Elementary Schools, both Minnetonka Middle Schools and Minnetonka High School. About 50 percent of our elementary families select a language immersion program. Minnetonka’s special education, high potential and Navigator (highly gifted) programs ensure every child is appropriately challenged. A full range of regular and honors courses in middle school, followed by Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Diploma courses at Minnetonka High School provide students rigor, choice, flexibility and support.

Student achievement in Minnetonka is nationally and internationally competitive. The Minnetonka Class of 2015 posted an average ACT score of 26.9. The average student gains more than a year’s academic growth in a year’s time and by the end of elementary school, the average fifth grader is performing at the 11th grade level in reading and math compared to national norms on the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress.

Minnetonka leads the Metro as a District of Choice for open enrollment families. Minnetonka is known as an innovative and forward-moving district. The District has been nationally recognized for using technology as an accelerator of learning, including an Apple Distinguished Educational Program for careful implementation of our grade 5-12 1:1 iPad program. Check out our iBook: http://goo.gl/UzzNzV

Minnetonka was named a Star Tribune Top Workplace and attracts inspiring teachers and staff from around the world. New ideas are encouraged in Minnetonka and new programs are continually emerging, including: Tonka<CODES> the state’s first K-5 computer coding curriculum; TonkaOnline.org; TonkaVANTAGE.com, our Advanced Professional Studies program for juniors and seniors; and TonkaServes.org our service learning initiative.

In Minnetonka, students excel in academics, athletics, the arts, activities and service. Minnetonka was named among the Best Communities for Music Education and fine arts which begin early in elementary school. Minnetonka High School is ranked #1 in Minnesota by niche.com and ranks among the Best High Schools in America by Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Post. Niche.com also ranks all of our elementary and middle schools among the Top 10 in the state and ranks our School lunch program #1 in the State.

Our visionary Superintendent has provided consistency in leadership since 2001. He was named Minnesota Superintendent of the Year in 2009 and is committed to leading Minnetonka through 2019 or longer. Administrative functions are housed at the District Service Center which is also the home to monthly school board meetings. The school district is governed by a seven member Board of Directors, elected at large in November of odd-numbered years. Each year our school board adopts District Goals which ensure our district remains focused on student achievement. The District’s Annual Report answers our community’s call for accountability, providing academic achievement, curriculum and finance reports each year. In a 2015 community survey, 98% rated the education provided by Minnetonka as excellent or good; 94% rated the teachers positively; 93% trust the school board and administration to do what is right for children; and 90% believe the District demonstrates accountability for excellence in education.

You want an excellent education for your child. So do we. Everyone in the Minnetonka Public Schools is committed to helping each student develop the knowledge, skills, confidence and character to thrive in a changing world. We look forward to welcoming your family to our community and hope you will join us. Minnetonka School District is great place to raise a family!

Superintendent & Director Information

Superintendent of School:  Dr. Dennis Peterson, 952-401-5004

Athletic Director:  Ted Schultz, 952-401-5901

Director of Special Education:  Deb Anderson, 952-401-5017

Director of Communications:  Janet Swiecichowski, 952-401-5095

Director of Student Services:  Deb Anderson 952-401-5017

Director of Technology:  Mike Dronen, 952-401-5088

Director of Elementary Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment:

– Eric Schneider, 952-401-5010

Director of Secondary Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment:

– Eric Schneider, 952-401-5010

Minnetonka Community Education:  Tim Litfin, 952-401-6800

Minnetonka Preschool and ECFE:

– Jenny Van Aalsburg, 952-401-6812

Navigator Program and High Potential Services:

– Diane Rundquist, 952-401-5100

Other Directors:

Facilities Information

Elementary Schools # of Buildings:  6

Elementary Schools # of Students:  4,700

Middle Schools # of Buildings:  2

Middle Schools # of Students:  2,300

High Schools # of Buildings:  1

High Schools # of Students:  3,000

Open Enrollment?  Yes

Student/Staff Ratio

Elementary Schools:  15:1

Middle Schools:  17:1

High Schools:  18:1

Expenditures Per Pupil

Elementary Schools:  $10,015

Middle Schools:  $10,015

High Schools:  $10,015


Buses Available:  Yes


Hot Lunch:  Yes

Breakfast:  Yes

Grading Policies

Elementary Schools:  Other Grading

Middle Schools:  Letter Grading

High Schools:  Letter Grading

Percentage of Schools Accredited

Elementary Schools:  100

Middle Schools:  100

High Schools:  100

Percentage Staff Degrees

Bachelors:  100

Masters:  68

PhD’s:  1

Certified Staff

Elementary Art:  Yes

Elementary Phys. Ed.:  Yes

Elementary Music:  Yes

Elementary Media:  Yes

Number of Non-Athletic Extracurricular Activities:  60

Classes Offered

Middle Schools
Adv. Computers
High School
Marching Band
Concert Jazz
American Sign Language
Adv. Computers
AP Classes

Ratio of Students to Computers

Elementary Schools:  2:1

Middle Schools:  1:1

High Schools:  1:1

Learning Alternatives:

Percentage of Seniors Who Attended

Community College (2 year):  11%

Vocational or Technical (2 year): > 1%

College or University (4 year):  80%

ACT Statistics

Average ACT Score:  26.9

Percentage of Students Taking ACT:  100

SAT Statistics

Average Math Score:  631

Average Verbal Score:  622

Percentage of Students Taking SAT:  18

National Merit Scholars

National Merit Scholars:  9

Commended:  18

Finalist:  9


Programs for Gifted & Talented:

WINGS (elementary)
High Potential
Navigator (highly gifted 2-5)
Accelerated courses grades 6-12

Special Education Programs:  Yes

Other Special Programs Worth Mentioning:

Minnetonka Theatre – Award-winning fine arts
Superior Choirs, Band and Orchestra
VANTAGE-Minnetonka Advanced Professional Studies
International Baccalaureate Diploma Program
Project Lead The Way
Compass (ALC)


Baseball:  Boys

Basketball:  Boys/Girls

CC Running:  Boys/Girls

CC Skiing:  Boys/Girls

Competition Cheer:  Girls

Dance Team:  Girls

Downhill Skiing:  Boys/Girls

Football:  Boys

Golf:  Boys/Girls

Gymnastics:  Girls

Ice Hockey:  Boys/Girls

Lacrosse:  Boys/Girls

Soccer:  Boys/Girls

Softball:  Girls

Swimming:  Boys/Girls

Tennis:  Boys/Girls

Track & Field:  Boys/Girls

Volleyball:  Girls

Wrestling:  Boys


Adapted Athletics Offered:

Soccer (fall)
Floor hockey (winter)
Softball (spring)
Bowling (spring)

Intramural Programs Offered:  Dozens of intramural and community recreation programs offered through Minnetonka Community Education.

Before and after school child care onsite at each elementary school.