Thank you for your interest in Wayzata Public Schools. On behalf of the school board, administration, faculty, staff and students of our district, I want to welcome you to our district and encourage you to learn more about the many incredible programs and services we offer for students.
Our website is designed to be a quick and easy way for you to learn about our school district. Along with stories about the many accomplishments of our students, you will find information about all aspects of our district. This website is also the gateway to explore the websites of our 11 schools and various programs that we offer for students, families and community residents.
The “electronic” tour through the website is a quick way to learn about our district. We also encourage you to visit our district and see the many great things that are happening in our schools every day.
We’re excited to welcome you to the district and look forward to providing your children with a challenging education that builds academic competence, encourages creativity, promotes lifelong learning, and fosters respect for self and others.
Chace B. Anderson
Wayzata Public Schools
Each of the district’s 11 schools has a wide variety of programs, services and offerings for students. While the district’s schools have a great deal in common, each school also has its own character. Below are brief profiles for each of our district’s schools.
Wayzata Public Schools serves all or part of Corcoran, Maple Grove, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka, Orono, Plymouth and Wayzata. Highlights of the district include:
Seven elementary schools (K-5), three middle schools (6-8) and one high school (9-12)
The community education department serves the learning needs of residents of all ages through a variety of programs and offerings
The projected enrollment for the 2015-16 school year is about 10,870 students - the district's enrollment has been stable or slightly increasing for the past several years
The district employs more than 1,509 employees including about 775 teaching positions
The district operates with a total revenue budget for the 2015-16 school year of more than $170 million, which includes about $124 million for the general operations of the schools
Below is a copy of the district's current fact sheet.
The first school in the Wayzata area was established in approximately 1855. Records are spotty, but indications are that classes were taught in homes until a one-room log school was built near what is now the second green of the Wayzata Country Club. This school mysteriously burned down and a new school was constructed on what is now the main street of Wayzata.
In 1870, the taxpayers voted $900 in bonds to build a new school on Bald Hill -- the site of the former Widsten School and the current Wayzata City Hall. That school was replaced in 1880 by a magnificent red brick structure that featured folding doors between two rooms - a forerunner of the open school concept. By 1903, Wayzata had established a four-year high school and in 1906 graduated its first class of three students. By 1910, the 30-year-old school that had been the pride of the community was dismantled and a new structure built. Unfortunately, a few years later this school also burned down. It was replaced in 1922 by a building with architecture that resembled a Mexican hacienda. This building was known as Widsten School and served students until the building was closed in October 1989. The students and staff from the school were reassigned to Gleason Lake Elementary School.
The Beacon Heights/Medicine Lake area consolidated with Wayzata Public Schools in 1946 and resulted in the acquisition of the district's second school - Beacon Heights Elementary School. Beacon Heights continued to serve the district until it was closed in 1982.
In 1951, the new Wayzata Junior/Senior High School opened. This building housed all students in grades seven through 12 until it became a junior high school (now Wayzata West Middle School) with the opening of Wayzata Senior High School in 1961.
In 1956, five one-room school districts in the northern part of the district consolidated with Wayzata Public Schools. These land acquisitions resulted in the present configuration of the district of approximately 38 square miles. New elementary schools were opened in 1958 (Oakwood), 1963 (Sunset Hill), and 1965 (Greenwood). A second junior high school - Wayzata East - opened in 1968. East became a middle school in 1997. The next construction occurred when Birchview Elementary was built in 1970. Plymouth Creek Elementary and Gleason Lake Elementary opened in 1989. The district completed its most recent elementary school, Kimberly Lane, in 1991. Wayzata High School, serving students in grades 9 through 12, opened in the fall 1997. The high school building that opened in 1961 was converted into Central Middle School in 1997.
Wayzata Public Schools serves all or portions of eight west suburban municipalities and covers 38 square miles. The district partners closely with these eight municipalities in meeting the needs of students and families.
Below are the website links to each of the municipalities included in Wayzata Public Schools.