Westonka – District 277

General Information

School District Name:  277 – Westonka

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

School Contact:

– Carol Shukle, Amninistrative Assistant to the Superintendent

Phone Number:  952-491-8007

Email Address:  shuklec@westonka.k12.mn.us

District Overview

Westonka Public Schools Independent School District 277 offers:
small class sizes
low student-staff ratios
rigorous curriculum
student-centered enrichment options
challenging and fun extracurricular activities
safe and caring environment for all students
lifelong learning opportunities.

Our schools reflect Westonka’s commitment to educational excellence. Westonka is among the state’s top performing school districts on standardized tests. The high school is recognized as one of the top schools in the country by Newsweek, the Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report. Both of Westonka’s primary schools are National Blue Ribbon Schools. Westonka students regularly earn recognition for high achievement in both academics and the arts. Strong community support for education is reflected through parent and citizen involvement in the schools and in a thriving scholarship program.

Students attend four district schools. Hilltop Primary and Shirley Hills Primary serve students in grades pre-K-4. Grandview Middle School is home to grades 5-7. Mound Westonka High School serves students in grades 8 and 9 with a prep high school program that focuses on the adjustment from middle school to high school, followed by a traditional high school program for grades 10-12. The district also has a vibrant Early Childhood program, offering Early Childhood Family Education classes and the Westonka Community Preschool.

There are 2,300 students, kindergarten through grade 12. Community Education and Services offers classes for lifelong learners of all ages, from infants to senior citizens.

An ideal place to raise a family
The Westonka Public Schools serve all or part of eight communities nestled along the western shores of beautiful Lake Minnetonka, including: Mound
Spring Park
Minnetrista
Shorewood
Orono
Independence
Navarre
Lyndale

The community preserves the tranquil ambiance of a small town – quiet, charming, and safe – within close proximity of Minneapolis and St. Paul. With its 17 miles of shoreline, the Westonka area has long been a summer vacation spot, and its resort atmosphere remains strong. In these small towns, people generally know one another by name and still hold parades through downtown. Yet, within a 30-minute drive, families have access to a full array of urban amenities in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Visiting Westonka Schools
To arrange a visit to our primary schools or middle school, call the school office directly. To schedule a tour of the high school, call the guidance department at 952.491.8115.

Superintendent & Director Information

Superintendent of School:  Mr. Kevin Borg, 952-491-8001

Athletic Director:  Mr. Jeff Peterson, 952-491-8108

Director of Special Education:  Ms. Meredith Boo, 952-491-8031

Director of Communications:  Ms. Becca Neuger, 952-8003

Director of Student Services:

Director of Technology:  Mr. Cory Wolf, 952-491-8027

Director of Elementary Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment:

– Mr. Mark Femrite, 952-491-8002

Director of Secondary Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment:

– Mr. Mark Femrite, 952-491-8002

Hilltop Primary School:
Michael Moch, Principal, 952-491-8500

Shirley Hills Primary School:
Scott Eidsness, Principal, 952-491-8400

Grandview Middle School:
Christine Keeley-Zachow, Principal, 952-491-8300

Mound Westonka High School:
Mark McIlmoyle, Principal 952-491-8100

Facilities Information

Elementary Schools # of Buildings:  2

Elementary Schools # of Students:  822

Middle Schools # of Buildings:  1

Middle Schools # of Students:  558

High Schools # of Buildings:  1

High Schools # of Students:  797

Open Enrollment?  Yes

Student/Staff Ratio

Elementary Schools:  14:1

Middle Schools:  16:1

High Schools:  15:1

Expenditures Per Pupil

Elementary Schools:

Middle Schools:

High Schools:

Transportation

Buses Available:  Yes

Meals

Hot Lunch:  Yes

Breakfast:  Yes

Grading Policies

Elementary Schools:  Performance Grading

Middle Schools:  Letter Grading

High Schools:  Letter Grading

Percentage of Schools Accredited

Elementary Schools:

Middle Schools:

High Schools:

Percentage Staff Degrees

Bachelors:  100

Masters:  80

PhD’s:  1

Certified Staff

Elementary Art:  Yes

Elementary Phys. Ed.:  Yes

Elementary Music:  Yes

Elementary Media:  Yes

Number of Non-Athletic Extracurricular Activities:  24

Classes Offered

Middle Schools
Band
Choir
Adv. Computers
High School
Band
Choir
Spanish
Adv. Computers
AP Classes
Mandarin Chinese
Project Lead the Way Engineering

Ratio of Students to Computers

Elementary Schools:  1:1

Middle Schools:  1:1

High Schools:  1:1

Learning Alternatives:

Percentage of Seniors Who Attended

Community College (2 year) or Vocational or Technical:  19

College or University (4 year):  65

ACT Statistics

Average ACT Score:  24.3

Percentage of Students Taking ACT:  100

SAT Statistics

Average Math Score:

Average Verbal Score:

Percentage of Students Taking SAT:

National Merit Scholars

National Merit Scholars:  0

Commended:  2

Finalist:  1

Programs

Programs for Gifted & Talented:  Yes

Special Education Programs:  Yes

Other Special Programs Worth Mentioning:

Strong AP Curriculum, 1:1 mobile device program, Project Lead the Way, high school engineering program, district-wide STEM program.

Athletics

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

Other:

Adapted Athletics Offered:

Floor Hockey (PI & CI)
Soccer (PI & CI)
Softball (PI & CI)
Track & Field

Intramural Programs Offered: