School Spotlight: St. Louis Park High

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Friday, October 2nd, 2015 at 10:17am.

The Kris Lindahl Team often wonders if there’s something in the water in St. Louis Park; the city boasts an amazing education system. In fact, St. Louis Park Public Schools is nationally recognized. Every school bears the National School of Excellence distinction.

This month we celebrate St. Louis Park High, serving more than 1,400 students in grades 9 through 12. The school employs 73 full-time teachers, giving it a student/teacher ratio of about 19:1.

Special Programs

St. Louis Park High School offers a number of programs to students. Making College Possible is aimed at preparing low-income students for the ACT and SAT tests with test prep materials and admissions and financial aid counselling.

The school also offers a learning lab, online college and career center, national honor society, driver’s education, arts, athletics, music and lots of clubs.

Rankings and Test Scores

Washington Post ranks St. Louis Park High at number 7 on its list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. This is down from number 4 last year and number 1 in 2012.

School rankings site SchoolDigger.com awards St. Louis Park High with two out of a possible five stars and ranks it 266 among 502 public high schools in the state.

In 2015, 42.9 percent of St. Louis Park High 11th graders met or exceeded the standard in math on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments Series III (MCA-III) exams. The state average for 11th grade math is 48.7.

Nearly 44 percent of these 11th graders met or exceeded the standard on the science portion, while the state’s average is 54.6.

Yes, the school’s standings have gone down over the past few years and many educators feel that it’s due to the influx of so many non-English speaking students. As these students become assimilated, expect our high school to zoom back up to its previous academic standing.

You’ll find St. Louis Park High School at 6425 West 33rd St. in St. Louis Park. Find them on the web here or call the school at (952) 928-6100.

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