Award Year: 2013

Deephaven Elementary School

4452 Vine Hill Road
Deephaven, MN, 55391-3539

(952) 401-6900

Bryan McGinley Ed.S, Principal at time of Nomination

Minnetonka Public Schools

School Website


Our mission is to ensure all students envision and pursue their highest aspirations while serving the greater good and inspire in everyone a passion to excel.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 90%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 4%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Deephaven Elementary is a vibrant learning community, continually improving the learning experiences of our students. The staff creates a learning environment that encourages cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy and self-control. Common language is used to reinforce consistently high expectations for work and behavior. Deephaven’s kindness and bullying prevention programs encourage a safe and supportive learning environment for all students.

It is the people who make learning come alive at Deephaven. The dynamic and committed professional educators focus on students and their academic, social and emotional growth. A strong selection, induction and professional development program ensures this legacy continues each year.

Deephaven’s success is evident through our students’ academic growth. Students enter kindergarten on par with national averages, and by the end of fifth grade, the average student is reading a full six grade levels ahead of national norms (NWEA Measures of Academic progress). On state assessments from 2007-2012, overall math and reading proficiency increased to 95 percent, from 86 and 90 percent respectively. The significant gains can be attributed to analyzing student data to create learning goals, pinpointing strengths and areas for growth, a strong curriculum based on reading and math, staff development, technology that accelerates learning, and strong parent involvement.

Deephaven is committed to improving instruction and student learning each year. Data informs instruction and teachers are able to use flexible grouping to meet the needs of students as they grow and change. Parents are involved partners in student learning helping set students up for success.

As part of the high-performing Minnetonka School District, Deephaven benefits from systemic planning and visionary leadership that expects the best of everyone and is focused on world-class, child-centered excellence.