Finding the right city to live in is always a challenge, and there are so many variables. From parks to walk, run, and bike at, to restaurants, and finding good schools for your kids. These different variables make a huge difference in why you might choose to live in one location over the other.
Today we’ll help you understand some of the dynamics offered by Wayzata, including schools, parks, restaurants, and other amenities.
Let’s start with the schools, of course, keep in mind you can skip to whatever most interests you.
Wayzata Area Schools
The school system in Wayzata is very well versed. Their athletic programs and academic programs stand out within the state of Minnesota and are known to produce great students and athletes.
According to the Wayzata Public School website, there are currently 12,720 students being served by 900 teachers and roughly 1695 total staff members. This brings the student to teacher ratio to a modest 14:1. Niche.com gives this school district an A+ overall and #2 out of 342 for best school districts in the state. In our opinion, that alone says enough about this school district. Let’s look at some of the different schools in the area.
There are currently nine elementary schools in the district. Each of them is highly rated. Located within the school district but in the city of Plymouth is Meadow Ridge Elementary School. This elementary school is ranked #3 in the state of Minnesota for best elementary schools.
Plymouth Creek Elementary School, which is also located in nearby Plymouth but is still apart of the Wayzata district is rated #2 in the state of Minnesota for best elementary schools. This school has a student to teacher ratio of 17:1 with just under 700 students.
The public middle schools in Wayzata are broken into three main schools and two alternative schools. The three main Schools are as follows:
Wayzata Central Middle School, this school, like the elementary schools in the district, is top-rated at #3 in the state. Wayzata Central was recognized in 2018 as a National Blue Ribbon School and serves roughly 1,300 students between the grades of 6 and 8.
Wayzata East Middle School a much smaller school with only 690 students. If your student enjoys being involved in activities and clubs, this school might be the perfect option. Wayzata East offers 25 clubs for students to get involved with. This school also has a very generous student to teacher ratio of 14:1.
Wayzata West Middle School, a slightly smaller school, Wayzata West, has roughly 750 students. Named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2019, Wayzata West is known for its pursuit of excellence. This school also offers a unique one-week stay for its 6th graders at an environmental learning center at Eagle Bluff in southeastern, Minnesota.
Rated at the #2 spot in the state, Wayzata High School is a great school for your 9th through 12th graders. The school boasts 302 different courses to choose from as well as PSEO and Advanced Placement courses that can help your student prep for college. Currently, this high-rated school serves around 3,600 students and offers 150 athletic and extracurricular activities. If you have a student that will be soon entering high school, this might be the perfect school for them to excel at.
You might be interested in enrolling your child in a private school. Notably, Wayzata has a few different private school options. One thing that is most commonly associated with private schools is the better student to teach ratio. The Blake School, for example, offers a ratio of 10 students to every one teacher. This makes for a much better education than some other public schools that tend to have a much higher student to teacher ratios. Another advantage to The Blake School is that the school offers Pre-K through 12th grade. This is great for students that dread transitions between different schools. Instead, they can stay at the same school for their entire education.
The neighborhoods within the actual city limits of the Wayzata area are fewer than you might think. The city of Wayzata is a popular spot for businesses and tourists alike due to its location on Wayzata Bay of Lake Minnetonka. It’s a small city as far as residents go. Currently, there are only 4,000 people living in Wayzata, and it’s not likely that that will change. You might have noticed earlier that some of the schools within the Wayzata school district, were located in Plymouth. That’s because, as far as residents go, Plymouth is a much larger city.
Another small town that draws a lot of attention is Excelsior. While Excelsior is separate from Wayzata, it does neighbor it closely, and it can be hard to tell what town you’re located in when driving through the area.
From lake houses to large yards in smaller neighborhoods, there is something for everyone here!
McCormick’s Irish Pub and Restaurant – This is Trip Advisors’ top pick with 4.5 reviews. They offer all of the classic pub entrees and apps. Consider McCormick’s to be an excellent spot for after-work or happy hour.
CoV Wayzata – Described as a coastal American eatery, this spot is perfect for fancy dinners, a cute date, or a fun lunch. With all different kinds of seafood options and east coast style dishes, this spot is perfect for a meal on the lake that makes you feel like you’re on the east coast.
Gianni’s Steakhouse – A delicious steak dinner feels like a traditional way to celebrate a birthday or anniversary. But, it can also be the perfect way to treat yourself. This steakhouse is no exception. It offers excellent seafood and steak options.
Sushi Fix – is a prime sushi spot for anyone in the Wayzata area. Hot tip, sushi to-go by the lake can make for a great summer night. We’d recommend Sushi Fix for your next sushi fix!
To go along with all of the great restaurants offered throughout Wayzata are some amazing places to shop. The Wayzata Village Shops offer a variety of small businesses that allow you to window shop and visit some very original shops.
Ridgedale Center – is one of the premier malls in Minnesota and offers all of the designer stores that you’d expect from a big mall. You can compare it to malls like Burnsville Center or a smaller version of the Mall of America.
Colonial Square – Lund’s and Byerlys is at the center of this miny-mall. You can come here to shop for your groceries and other more common week to week items.
Parks and Recreation
Wayzata is full of different parks that offer beaches, boating, disc golf, golf, tennis, basketball, and so many other fun outdoor activities.
Big Woods Preserve – is built on 14 acres of hardwoods. These woods make for beautiful walks right outside the city.
Klapprich Park & Field – this is the place where a lot of the little league games happen. Well kept fields and ice rinks in the winter have made this park a staple in the Wayzata community.
Broadway Docks – another small park, broadway docks offer a unique appeal. From the docks, you can look out onto the lake and even do some fishing. From a first date to a weekend with the kids, this park is sure to offer a good time!
Wayzata sure has a lot to offer for being a smaller city. A great to think about Wayzata is as a community. It’s a great place for boutique businesses and original restaurants. If you’re interested in moving into the Wayzata area, we’d love if you considered Sustainable 9 as your builder and designer. Our passion for our customers and the homes that we build them is deeply rooted in Wayzata. It’s one of the primary places that we build.
Contact us today to learn more!