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Washburn High School

Address: 201 West 49th Street
Minneapolis, 55419
Grades: 9-12
Principal: Emily Palmer
Enrollment: 1469
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m
Phone: 612.668.3400
Fax: 612.668.3410

WE OFFER: IB Diploma Programme * College credits through AP, IB, CIS, PSEO, Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and others * PLTW engineering courses * World languages: Arabic, ASL, French, and Spanish  * Special Ed programs: ASD, LD and SPAN * ELL services primarily through collaborative model in mainstream classes * Athletics, arts and many other after-school activities

What we look like:
Student Race School District
Native American 1 % 3 %
African American 25 % 37 %
Asian American 5 % 10 %
Hispanic American 20 % 18 %
White American 48 % 33 %

Students School District
Receive ELL Services 16 % 20 %
Qualify for free or reduced lunch 42 % 62 %
Receive Special Education Services 15 % 16 %
201 West 49th Street
Minneapolis, 55419

School Highlights

  • Full IB Diploma Programme offered, with 21 students earning the IB diploma in 2018.
  • Academics, arts and athletics are Washburn pillars in the development of the whole student.
  • Spotlight Award-winning musical performances and Ordway Sally Award-winning Black Box Theater lead Washburn’s visual and performing arts program.
  • Every MPS sport available at Washburn, including state-ranked varsity girls and boys soccer teams.
  • Technology courses include: intro to engineering, robotics, principles of engineering, computer integrated manufacturing, digital engineering, computer coding, digital photography, photoshop, and design theory.
  • Special education Resource, Autism (ASD), and SPAN programs.
  • English Learner services during co-taught mainstream grade-level classes and/or in stand-alone English Language Development (ELD) classes.
  • Largest number of Bilingual Seal and Proficiency Certificates awarded in 2018 of any MPS high school: 240.  World languages at WHS include: Arabic, ASL, French and Spanish.
  • AVID college-prep program
  • 40+ different clubs and activities after school, including the Weekly Webcast Student News, Student Council,  Math Team, and Art Club


If you have questions about the enrollment process, please contact us at or call us at 612.668.1840.