About Us

Our Mission Statement

We are a welcoming community. We embrace individuality, inclusivity, and kindness as empowered learners who create a better world.


Recognized School of Excellence

Recognized for a long-standing tradition of academic excellence, Hopkins West Junior High is Minnesota's first national middle-level school of excellence. West has also been named by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) as one of "100 Highly Effective" middle-level schools in the country. 

Engaging and Enriching Students

Our school provides over 900 students in seventh- through ninth-grade a rigorous core curriculum of English, math, science, social studies, and reading. An extensive experiential program is offered in the visual arts, physical education, technical education, and family and consumer sciences. Additionally, students elect to take performing arts as well as world languages. A technology-rich culture of innovation promotes problem-solving and critical-thinking skills that serve our students well in a global environment.

Passionate About Learning

Caring, dynamic, and dedicated teachers strive to ensure that our students receive the best education possible. With 80 percent of our teachers holding masters degrees or higher, we model lifelong learning for our students. We understand the unique intellectual, social, emotional, physical characteristics of young adolescents, and we are committed to providing a safe environment for them to learn and grow.

What Students and Parents Say

"Hopkins West Junior High is a great environment, offering opportunities to expand one's knowledge to no limit." -WJH Student

"I like the fact that a lot of the classrooms have interactive boards. The technology makes learning more enjoyable and helps you get into the subject you are learning." -WJH Student

"You will be amazed at the creativity, energy and enthusiasm of the teachers at West. They are astounding in their talent, excitement and ability to love these kids who are at point where even their own parents sometimes find that a stretch." -WJH Parent

"Teachers are passionate, caring and enthusiastic. My junior high teachers never danced and sang!" -WJH Parent

From Our Principal

The junior high years are frequently described as tumultuous by observers, professionals, parents, and those of us who have lived through them.

Here at West Junior High, we value and embrace the middle-level learner, knowing that whether your child arrives each day as a noisy, passionate teenager or a quiet, thoughtful young person, they will grow into an adult contributor to our society. And we’re here to help them do that through exploration of content, but more importantly, through developing relationships within our school community and engaging in the kind of learning that will make our world a better place. We hope you’ll join us and lend your unique perspective to our school community.


Dr. Leanne Kampfe


Daily Schedules

WJH Regular & Late Start Daily Schedules

Junior High Grading

Our grading procedure uses best practices to provide students and families with consistent information on students’ academic progress.