Ranked as the number one high school in Minnesota by US World News and Report in 2017, the Math and Science Academy is an innovative and sustainable model of academic excellence in Woodbury. The school aims to create well-rounded, lifelong learners and global citizens by providing accelerated curricula in all subjects, with an emphasis on math and science. With 48% students of color, the school is an educational resource to students of a wide range of cultural backgrounds. “I would say that…our strong school districts are also critical to attracting diverse populations,” states Eric Searles, Woodbury’s City Planner. The Math and Science Academy’s small class sizes help promote community by encouraging an exchange of ideas from people from all backgrounds, allowing students to learn from each other’s unique backgrounds.