Owatonna High School ranks in the top third of Minnesota high schools according to a report published by U. S. News and World Report. OHS is in the bottom half of the Big Nine based on the criteria used. Owatonna ranked 147th out of 416 Minnesota schools.

The rating is based on six criteria: graduation rate, under-served student performance, math and reading proficiency, math and reading performance, college curriculum offered and college readiness.

The report shows Owatonna's graduation rate at 93%, stating that is somewhat above the state median. It also indicates, "Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement coursework and exams. The AP participation rate at Owatonna Senior High School is 17%. The total minority enrollment is 22%, and 31% of students are economically disadvantaged."

U. S. News and World Report puts Math and Science Academy, Woodbury as the top Minnesota school and 133rd nationally. The rest of the top five include Nova Classical Academy of St. Paul, Eastview of Apple Valley, Orono, and Eagle Ridge Academy of Eden Prairie. The ranking only includes public schools.

The rest of the top ten are Wayzata, Mounds View, Eagan, Mahtomedi and Edina. The first Big Nine Conference school ranked is Mankato West (21st). The other conference school rated ahead of Owatonna are Northfield (40th), Rochester Century (61st), Mankato East (65th), Rochester Mayo (75th), John Marshall (105th) and Red Wing (131st).

Some other regional rankings include Lakeville South (30th), Lakeville North (32nd), Waseca (107th), Kenyon-Wanamingo (122nd), Medford (168th), Blooming Prairie (253rd), Faribault (261st) and Kasson-Mantorville (281st). The ranking included 416 Minnesota schools.

Source: Bring Me The News