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Education Sample Post: Find The Best High School For Your Student In Woodbury, MN

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This 1,061-word, bottom-of-funnel sample post for a high school in the area of B2C education is meant to bring middle-school parents of a certain local area (Woodbury, Minnesota, in this case) up to speed about their public and private options in high schools for their student based on different academic interests and other relevant stats. This post was written by Elizabeth S., one of BlogMutt's 3,000+ talented writers and a local English teacher to this area.


 

Help your student have the best possible high school experience by finding the best fit. Woodbury has four high schools to choose from; two traditional public, one public charter and one private parochial school. Check out what each school has to offer! 

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Math & Science Academy

Math and Science Academy was ranked the #1 best high school in the state of Minnesota (#203 nationally) by U.S. News and World Report. According to USN&WR, they rank schools "based on their performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college."

Math and Science Academy's mission is:

"To offer intense math, science and technology experiences and challenging opportunities in the arts and humanities. To develop lifelong learning skills, including critical thinking, leadership skills, volunteerism and collaboration with peers."

They do so by offering rigorous courses in math, science, humanities, music, and art, including ten AP courses. MSA also requires their students to take six consecutive years of Spanish. MSA students averaged 28.5 on their ACT in 2016.

Busing, provided by South Washington Schools, is available to students living within District #833 boundaries. Students outside the boundaries must provide their own transportation.

This small, public charter school serves students in grades 6-12. Although it is considered a tuition-free public school, students must apply for admission. Admission is granted by lottery. Students who are not granted admission will be put on a waiting list. Siblings of current students are given priority for admission. Contact the main office at (651) 578-7507 for information on visiting the school.

School Hours: 9:20am to 3:50pm

Schedule:

  • 2 Semesters per year
  • 7 classes per day, Mon-Wed
  • 47 minutes per class, with extended block classes on Thursdays and Fridays

2016-17 Enrollment: 520 (6th-12th grades)

Average Class Size: 20-25 students

Address: 8430 Woodbury Crossing, Woodbury, MN

Woodbury High School

Nationally recognized Woodbury High School is one of the consistently top-rated schools in the state of Minnesota. Having earned kudos from U.S. News and World Report (ranked #16 in Minnesota and #707 nationally in 2017) and Newsweek (#45 in the nation in 2014), WHS continues to exceed state and national averages in ACT and AP scores. The national ACT average composite score is 20.8, whereas Woodbury High Schools average score was 23.6 (with 99% of juniors enrolled at WHS taking the exam). WHS offers sixteen AP course, four language courses (Spanish, German, French and ASL), and a variety of electives.

Busing, provided by South Washington Schools, is available to all students living within District #833 boundaries. Please note that students living within two miles walking distances are not eligible for bus transportation. 

Intra-district transfers are allowed on a space-available basis. Contact District #833 at 651-425-6218 (7:30am-4:00pm) for current information on space availability. Call WHS counseling office at  651-425-4400 to arrange a site visit.

School Hours: 8:35am to 3:05pm

Schedule:

  • 3 trimesters per year
  • 6 classes per day
  • 55 minutes per class

2017-18 Enrollment: 1,933

Average Class Size: 34.5 students

Address: 2665 Woodlane Drive, Woodbury, MN

East Ridge High School

East Ridge High School, one of the newest high schools in the Twin Cities metro area, was built in 2009. It boasts the latest in technology available in an education setting. Currently, 77% of the teaching staff holds Masters degrees or higher. This combination has helped ERHS rank #19 in the state and #934 in the nation on the U.S. News and World Report Best Schools list. ERHS juniors averaged 23.6 on their ACT in 2016. It also offers one of the few PLTW Biomedical Science programs in the state, as well as AP and CIS classes.

East Ridge High School focuses on its four pillars: academic rigor, activities, relationships, and technology. All staff policies, decisions, and interactions are made in respect to these four pillars.

Busing, provided by South Washington Schools, is available to students living within District #833 boundaries. Please note that students living within two miles walking distances are not eligible for bus transportation.

East Ridge High School is CLOSED to intra/inter-district transfers, due to capacity level. Only students living within attendance boundaries are permitted to enroll. Contact District #833 at 651-425-6218 (7:30am-4:00pm) for more information. Call ERHS counseling office at 651-425-2300 to arrange a site visit.

School Hours: 8:35am to 3:05pm

Schedule:

  • 3 trimesters per year
  • 6 classes per day
  • 55 minutes per class

2016-17 Enrollment: 1,808

Average Class Size: 34.5 students

Address: 4200 Pioneer Drive, Woodbury, MN

New Life Academy

New Life Academy is the only private school in Woodbury city limits. This K-12 Christian school was established in 1977, along with New Life Church. The tuition rate is variable, depending on income. Top tuition rate for the 2017-2018 school year is $11,085, for grades 9-12.  

The school focuses on scholarship, leadership, and service. It offers a variety of academic electives, including AP, CIS and PSEO. NLA has one-day to one-week long Experiential Learning Excursions, including a week-long mission trip to Costa Rica. Community groups, made up of 10-15 students and at least one staff member, helps foster safe and enriching relationships. And enrichment opportunities, such as mock trial, ski club, and athletics allow students to explore interests and develop skills outside the academic arena.

In order to attend New Life Academy, at least one of the student's parents must be a Christian and agree to support and comply with New Life Academy's statement of faith. In addition, the student and at least one parent must be current and active members of a Christ-centered local church.

Busing, provided by South Washington County Schools, is available to students living within District #833 boundaries. There is also a bus stop for students in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Schedule a tour or have your student spend a day shadowing a current New Life Academy student for a first-hand experience.

School Hours: 8:00am to 3:00pm

Schedule:

  • 7 classes per day, Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays
  • 48 minutes per class with extended block classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays

2016-17 Enrollment: 750 (preschool - 12th grade)

Average Class Size: 15-18 students

Address: 6758 Bailey Road, Woodbury, MN

 

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