minneapolis schools

It’s easy to find great schools in Minneapolis-St.Paul – just avoid Minneapolis and St. Paul!

Cheekiness aside, Minneapolis displays a pattern seen in many of the cities we’ve analyzed: Highly rated schools in a ring surrounding an urban center largely devoid of the same. The effect is pronounced, almost as if someone had just erased all the schools from the map for both locales.

On the other hand, just about any direction you head into the suburbs, you find good schools. This means there’s no top geographic region to recommend, but plenty of options to choose from.

As well as identifying good parts of town to look, we will use average property rent and school ratings to identify individual properties throughout the area that are our picks to provide the best value for each grade level.

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Minneapolis area neighborhoods with the best public schools

Viewing school ratings by neighborhood allows us to find the areas with superb overall schools, rather than just identifying one-off instances of an individually exemplary school. Going by overall average school rating, the top neighborhood in Minneapolis is Grandview.

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Neighborhood Rank Neighborhood Neighborhood City and State Avg. School Rating
1 Grandview Edina, MN 10
2 Concord Edina, MN 9.8
3 Parklawn Edina, MN 9.7
4 Sandcastle Roseville, MN 8.0
5 Southdale Edina, MN 7.7
6 The Lakes Blaine, MN 7.7
7 West Bloomington Bloomington, MN 7.7
8 Beaver Lake Maplewood, MN 7.3
9 West St. Paul West St. Paul, MN 6.7
10 Promenade Edina, MN 6.7

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Minneapolis area apartments near great schools

Having looked at the best overall neighborhoods, we now look to find the best individual properties near the best schools at the elementary, middle and high school level. Click on any location circle in our interactive maps to pull up info on properties for that location.

Elementary Schools

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Value Rank Property Name Location Avg. Rent Avg. School Rating
1 Wayzata Lake Apartments Wayzata, MN $1,065 10.0
2 Bramantes St. Paul, MN $1,035 9.0
3 Highcroft Manor Wayzata, MN $1,195 10.0
4 Oakwood Plymouth, MN $1,222 10.0
5 The Park Apartments & Townhomes St. Paul, MN $1,007 8.0
6 Pine Point Apartments Coon Rapids, MN $895 7.0
7 Rose Vista Roseville, MN $1,188 9.0
8 Silver Ridge Maplewood, MN $1,062 8.0
9 Gleason Lake Wayzata, MN $1,215 9.0
10 Sterling Ponds Apartments Eden Prairie, MN $1,223 9.0

Middle Schools

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Value Rank Property Name Location Avg. Rent Avg. School Rating
1 Lakeview Apartments New Brighton, MN $925 8.0
2 BayPoint Lake Apartments Eden Prairie, MN $1,205 10.0
3 Gleason Lake Wayzata, MN $1,215 10.0
4 Sterling Ponds Apartments Eden Prairie, MN $1,223 10.0
5 Shadow Green Eden Prairie, MN $1,224 10.0
6 Olympic Ridge Apartments Eden Prairie, MN $1,225 10.0
7 Westview Park Apartment Community West St. Paul, MN $983 8.0
8 Royal Oaks Apartments New Hope, MN $985 8.0
9 Midland Terrace Shoreview, MN $1,240 10.0
10 Chestnut Apartments Eden Prairie, MN $1,254 10.0

High Schools

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Value Rank Property Name Location Avg. Rent Avg. School Rating
1 Mark Court Apartments Newport, MN $800 10.0
2 White Bear Terrace White Bear Lake, MN $845 9.0
3 Lakeview Apartments New Brighton, MN $925 9.0
4 Normandale Lake Estates Bloomington, MN $1,036 10.0
5 Vadnais Crossing Maplewood, MN $950 9.0
6 Wayzata Lake Aparatments Wayzata, MN $1,065 10.0
7 Westview Park Apartment Community West St. Paul $983 9.0
8 White Bear Manor White Bear Lake, MN $994 9.0
9 Charlton West Apartments West St. Paul, MN $1,010 9.0
10 Woodmere Apartments Woodbury, MN $1,134 10.0
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Jared is a Baton Rouge, La.-based freelance journalist focused on, in his words, "finding data, 'interviewing it,' and then telling its story through interactive tools and traditional journalism." His past work includes analyzing pension shortfalls, looking at election results, tracking campaign finance contributions, and analyzing educational and school system data. Jared is currently a freelancer for Upwork.

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