It’s a question we hear frequently – which schools in Blaine are considered “the best?” While test scores are an important indicator of the quality of a school, there’s more behind a ranking than that – but we’ll do our best to tell you what the experts think.
Blaine Senior High School
School ranking site GreatSchools.org awards Blaine High with its second highest award: 9 out of 10 stars. Another trusted source of school information is SchoolDigger.com and it gives Blaine High 4 out of 5 stars.
Two years ago (the most recent statistics I could find) the school ranked better than almost 80 percent of high schools in Minnesota, as far as test scores go, and we’ll get to those in a minute.
The school serves 2,889 students with a student-teacher ratio of almost 24 to 1 and has the largest student body of all the high schools in the Anoka-Hennepin School District.
Taking a look at the students’ scores on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments Series II (MCA-II) tests will give you a better idea of how your student may fare at Blaine Senior High:
- In 2014, more than 57 percent of 11th graders met or exceeded the standard in Math. This puts them ahead of both the district and the state.
- On the reading portion of the MCA-II exams, 66.4 percent of Blaine High 10th grade students met or exceeded the standard, again beating the state and the district scores.
- A whopping 75.7 graduating seniors at Blaine met or exceeded the standard in science – the state average was 52.2 and the district’s was 63.
Students say they enjoy the art and sports programs, but feel that the school is overcrowded.
Roosevelt Middle School
One of the most challenging times in a child’s life has got to be their middle school years. Finding a decent school for this age group is probably just as challenging for parents. Blaine’s Roosevelt Middle School, on the other hand, stands head and shoulders above most.
It receives 9 out of 10 stars from GreatSchools.org and 4 out of 5 at SchoolDigger.com. Roosevelt serves 1,097 students in grades 6 through 8, with a student/teacher ratio of 20.6 to 1, which is the highest of all middle schools in the Anoka-Hennepin Public School District.
Despite this statistic, the students’ performance on exams is exemplary.
- In 2014, 72.7 percent of Roosevelt 6th graders met or exceeded the state’s math standard, handily beating both the district’s statistic (64.4 percent) and the state’s (57.1 percent). Students in the 7th and 8th grade also exceeded both the district’s and the state’s numbers.
- At all three grade levels, Roosevelt students fared better than the district and the state in reading.
- In 2014, 45 percent of Minnesota’s 8th grade students met or exceeded the standard in science. At Roosevelt, 62.4 percent accomplished this.
The Davinci Academy, a charter school, may be worth looking into if your child is in elementary school. The students thrive here and parents can’t say enough good things about the staff, teachers and curriculum.
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