Award Year: 2019

Wayzata West Middle School

149 Barry Avenue North
Wayzata, MN, 55391-1012

(763) 745-6400

Mr. David Lutz, Principal at time of Nomination

Wayzata Public Schools

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The Mission of Wayzata Public Schools is to ensure a world-class education that prepares each and every student to thrive today and excel tomorrow in an ever-changing global society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • White: 70%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 16%
  • Two or more races: 6%
Wayzata West students hard at work in science class

Wayzata West students hard at work in science class

Wayzata West Middle School has been serving students since 1951, first as a secondary school, then as a junior high starting in 1961, and finally as a middle school since 1997. As one of three middle schools in Wayzata Public Schools, West embraces the common district mission of "Excellence. For each and every student."

One of the keys to success at West is a positive school culture, which starts with a committed staff and extends to students, families, and the school community. The staff at West work collaboratively with students and families to maintain an emphasis on high academic expectations and achievement while ensuring a supportive school climate. At West, students, staff, and families are challenged to "Be Bold." "BOLD" is an acronym that stands for "Build Community, Own Your Learning, Lead Positively, and Develop Balance." Students are explicitly taught intra- and interpersonal positive behaviors within each of these values and how they apply in various settings and situations. Foundational positive expectations for building community like "being kind" are established prior to working on the development of higher-level skills such as "valuing the contributions of others." By emphasizing consistent "BOLD" expectations school-wide, West students develop a multitude of skills they will need to have success throughout their educational careers and beyond.

Wayzata West Middle School is proud of the outstanding efforts and achievements of its students and is honored to be recognized as a National Blue Ribbon Exemplary High Performing School.