Award Year: 2021

Minnetonka West Middle School

6421 Hazeltine Boulevard
Excelsior, MN, 55331-8028

(952) 401-5300

Ms. Freya Schirmacher, Principal at time of Nomination

Minnetonka School District

School Website


At Minnetonka Middle School West, each and every student will experience belonging, connection, and challenge; inspiring extraordinary achievement in the classroom and in life.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 83%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Two or more races: 5%
6th grade MMW students collaborating on a science project.

6th grade MMW students collaborating on a science project.

The Minnetonka Middle School West community believes high expectations combined with high levels of support ensure outstanding personal growth and unparalleled academic achievement. The school is committed to nurturing the strengths and potential of every student so that middle schoolers develop into confident, courageous and kind citizens of their local and global communities. MMW is a warm, inclusive and connected place rooted in strong relationships that honor the voices and experiences of students, staff and families.

MMW's focus on high-quality, innovative and diverse opportunities in all aspects of the student experience creates a school environment that transcends traditional definitions of excellence. In addition to optional Spanish and Chinese Immersion programs, students explore rigorous grade-level or advanced core and elective academic content and a wide range of extracurricular activities, clubs and athletics. MMW is also a 1:1 iPad school. Technology is leveraged to enhance instructional clarity, collaboration and critical thinking while allowing for personalization of learning styles responsive to student needs.

MMW is unique in that while it is a large, suburban middle school of 1300 students, it operates on a small, individualized scale. The school's primary strength is instructional flexibility rooted in innovation. The range of extended programming includes social emotional lessons and skill building; focused interventions in math, reading and study skills; and daily opportunities for enhanced instruction. School leaders believe that with the right support in place, every student will succeed, and that this success fosters the collective joy and excitement of lifelong learning and personal fulfillment.