Best of the Best

Best of the Best
  • Shakopee High School Receives 2024 ‘Best of the Best’ Public High School Designation 

    Three Shakopee Elementary Schools & Both Middle Schools Voted 2024 Finalists

    Issued April 8, 2024

    Shakopee High School recently earned the 2024 ‘Best of the Best’ Public High School designation in the March Southwest News Media publication. This is the fourth year in a row that Shakopee High School has earned the top spot as voted by the greater community. 

    In the 2024 ‘Best of the Best’ Public Elementary School category, Eagle Creek, Jackson and Sweeney Elementary Schools were voted Finalists in addition to East and West Middle Schools. This is the fourth year in a row that select elementary schools and both middle schools in the district have been selected as Finalists.

    Shakopee High School serves nearly 2,800 students and is home to the Academies of Shakopee, which is only one of two high schools in the State with this learning model that is structured to support real-world experiences through small learning communities. Over 100 business partners support the Academies of Shakopee with 140+ student internships just this past January - March (2024). Shakopee High School Athletics & Activities have also been recognized in various sectional, regional and state competitions. 

    According to fast facts provided in the “Best of the Best” Publication, 25,500 votes were cast for businesses and organizations with more than 1,000 nominations in 78 categories. The Shakopee community had the greatest number of participants relative to overall votes cast (all categories), followed by Prior Lake and Chaska. Any business or school located in Belle Plaine, Chaska, Chanhassen, Carver, Jordan, Prior Lake, Savage, Shakopee and Victoria were eligible to be nominated.

    “I’m not sure what’s more exciting - to see our educators, business partners, students and community recognized for their collective work to further education within Shakopee or to see that our community came out in the largest numbers to vote not only in the category of education, but various others,” shared Shakopee High School Principal, Jeff Pawlicki. “We truly have something special and couldn’t be in better company.”