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Our Communities: Chanhassen, Excelsior, Greenwood and Shorewood

As part of the Minnetonka School District, Excelsior Elementary School serves Chanhassen, Excelsior, Greenwood and Shorewood. These well-established, residential communities provide a range of single-family housing options and a home-town feel that is unique in the Twin Cities area.

Nestled near the shores of Lake Minnetonka, our communities have a relaxed and personalized atmosphere. Families who chose to live in our community place a high value on family, education, and community. Parents are very involved in their children's lives, making getting to know other families easy.

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  • High-quality schools attract families to the area.
  • Small definable neighborhoods, public celebrations, shared activities, the arts and community involvement increase residents’ sense of belonging.
  • People stay in the area, providing consistency and familiarity that help children thrive.
  • Convenient shopping areas, sporting events and cultural opportunities in the Twin Cities metro area.


  • Population: 22,952
  • Area: 14,427 acres, 24 square miles; mostly located within Carver County, with 154 acres of eastern Chanhassen located in Hennepin County.
  • History: The earliest settlers came to Chanhassen in the 1850s to stake out farms. This was the leading industry until the late 1960s.
  • Outdoor Recreation: 500-acre park system with 34 community parks, neighborhood parks and open-space preserves; 55 miles of multi-purpose trails; Lake Ann Park and Lake Minnewashta Park beaches; skating rinks, 11 lakes (wholly or partially within the city).
  • Community Centers: Chanhassen Recreation Center and Senior Center.
  • Community Events: Annual 4th of July Celebration, February Festival, Spring Candy Hunt, Dave Huffman Memorial Fun Run, Halloween Party.
  • Attractions: Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen Skate Park.
  • Business Community: More than 500 commercial and industrial companies, employing more than 8,500 people.
  • School Districts: The city of Chanhassen is divided into District #112 (Chaska Schools) and District #276 (Minnetonka Public Schools). Families seeking a home in the Minnetonka School District are advised to verify the address of a residence and designated school district through the county or state before signing a binding agreement.


  • Population: 688
  • Area: 0.35 square mile.
  • Attractions: This lakeside community is an intimate residential community on the south shore of Lake Minnetonka.
  • School District: Served entirely by the Minnetonka School District #276.


  • Population: 2,188
  • Area: 0.63 square mile.
  • History: Founded in 1853 by New York Colonists.
  • Outdoor Recreation: The Commons park and recreation area offers a beach, playground, tennis courts, baseball diamonds and picnic areas. Several excursion boats are available.
  • Community Events: Art in the Park, Fourth of July Festivities, Apple Day, summer outdoor concert series.
  • Attractions: The recently restored Minnehaha steamboat offers round trip from Excelsior to Wayzata. Downtown offers a theater, antique shops, specialty shops and unique restaurants.
  • School District: Served entirely by the Minnetonka School District #276.


  • Population: 7,307
  • Area: 5.31 square miles, 3,600 acres. Includes three islands: Enchanted, Shady and Spray.
  • History: Settlers from New York founded the town of Shorewood in 1853. It was organized as a village from Excelsior Township in 1956, and it became a city in 1974.
  • Outdoor Recreation: Six beautiful parks; a trail for biking, hiking, walking and running; four ice skating rinks; a skate park and a beach.
  • Community Centers: Southshore Center (senior and community center).
  • Community Events: Artic Fever, Music in the Park, Spring Clean-Up, Holiday Food and Toys Campaign.
  • Business Community: primarily residential with several businesses scattered throughout the community.
  • School District: Served entirely by the Minnetonka School District #276.