School briefs: Mahtomedi High School ranked tops in state

  • Updated: May 4, 2013 - 10:45 PM

U.S. News & World Report ranks Mahtomedi High School as the best in Minnesota.

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U.S. News & World Report has ranked Mahtomedi High School as the best high school in the state.

The school, with an enrollment of about 1,180 students, also landed in the top 1 percent of the nation’s high schools, according to the rankings released last month.

“This is not an accident,” Principal Kathe Nickleby said in a statement. “This is due to the passion of our teachers and staff members who are deeply committed to ensuring that every student will be prepared for life after high school.”

U.S. News teamed with American Institutes for Research (AIR), of Washington, D.C., to compile the rankings, which involved a three-step process to ensure:

1. Students performed better than the state’s average student on state math and reading tests.

2. Economically disadvantaged students performed better than similar students on the math and reading tests.

3. Students ranked high in college-readiness.

Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test data was used to gauge how well students were prepared for college.

According to U.S. News, 6 percent of Mahtomedi High students were minority-group members and 7 percent were economically disadvantaged.

Other east metro schools to land in the top 10 in the state include St. Anthony Village High School, Eagan High School, Mounds View High School in Arden Hills and Irondale High School in New Brighton. St. Anthony Village High, which ranked third, joined Mahtomedi High as a U.S. News “gold award” recipient.


Family service project deemed a ‘success’

More than 700 families were served this year during a one-day event connecting needy families in the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District with social service providers.

The initiative, 622 Project Family Connect, was held on April 20 at Woodland Hills Church in Maplewood.

According to the school district, more than 200 people volunteered their time and resources, more than 7,000 pounds of food was distributed and more than 100 free haircuts were given. Students and staff members also helped organize food and clothing drives before the event.

South Washington

Administrators plan education discussions

Current and future education trends will be among the topics discussed in a series of talks set for this month in the South Washington County School District.

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