MAHTOMEDI, Minn. - In calculus class students learn how to find patterns between equations. At Mahtomedi High School they don't need a complicated formula to understand why U.S. News and World Report ranked their school as the number one high school in Minnesota.
"I think the students really care about what they do," said junior Tanner Mireault.
As a student body they tested well above average in math and reading. In fact, last year their district had the number one MCA math score in the entire state. Those high scores landed the school in the number one spot.
Principal Kathe Nickleby's inbox has been flooded with emails from other principals and parents since they shot to the top.
"When I found out I went into the lunch room... and I asked the students if they knew they were eating lunch in the number one high school in the state of Minnesota," Nickleby said.
Though student test scores were the main reason for the rank ask any student and they credit the people at the front of the classroom.
"We have an extraordinary staff that wants to have everyone succeed and they ask for nothing in return and they're really awesome and they have a huge part to do with our success," Mary Mulcahy, a junior, said.
In the number two spot is Edina, followed by Saint Anthony Village High school at number three.
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