Waukee High School

Academic Achievements

Each year, Waukee High School aims to tell our story of academic achievement. While the information below is not a comprehensive report on academic achievement at WHS, it is a snapshot of what takes place in the classrooms of WHS.

Our students are to be commended for their academic accomplishments! A culture of excellence has been established at WHS and as each graduating class filters through WHS it is fulfilling to see young people place their mark in the history of Waukee High School.

Waukee High School is home to a dedicated, motivated, and skilled teaching staff. That, coupled with the love and support of families across our district, is the perfect recipe for a robust K-12 learning experience.

Go Warriors!

Cary Justmann, WHS Principal


  • Graduation Rate (2015)
    • 99.14%
  • National Merit Award Winners
    • (17) National Merit Finalists since 2010
  • 2015-16 Class 4A Bank Iowa Traveling Challenge Cup Winner
    • This is an award that acknowledges the importance of success both in the classroom and during extracurricular activities.
  • Newsweek Magazine’s 2015-16 Top High School in the State of Iowa
    • This is based on a college readiness index format formulated with college enrollment, graduation rate, dual college enrollment, SAT and ACT scores and student retention.
  • Advanced Placement (AP)
    • In 2016:
      • WHS was home to (1) National AP Scholars – this distinction is granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least (4) on all AP Exams taken and scores of (4) or higher on eight or more of these exams.
      • 77.3% of WHS students who took AP exams in 2015 scored a (3) or higher on the exam.
      • 326 WHS students took 560 AP exams in 2016.
        • Since 2012, Waukee High School has seen an increase from 295 AP exams taken to 560 exams in 2016.
        • Since 2012, Waukee High School has seen an increase from 161 AP students to 326 AP students in 2016.
    • Historical Data:
      • AP Scholars (students who score 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams):
        • 2016 – 81 scholars, 3.87 Exam Average
        • 2015 – 74 scholars, 3.85 Exam Average
        • 2014 – 73 scholars, 3.91 Exam Average
        • 2013 – 53 scholars, 3.98 Exam Average
        • 2012 – 41 scholars, 3.90 Exam Average
        • 2011 – 19 scholars, 4.13 Exam Average
        • In 2009-10 WHS students took AP exams in (8) areas. In 2015-16 WHS students took AP exams in (20) subjects.
  • ACT Information (Class of 2016 Information)
    • ACT Composite Average: 23.3, State Composite Average: 22.1
    • The number of Waukee High School students who demonstrate their readiness for college-level coursework continues to exceed their peers across the state of Iowa. In 2016, the percentage of WHS students scoring at or above established benchmarks for college readiness was, on average, 9.75% greater than state of Iowa peers in English Composition, Algebra, Social Science, and Biology. It was 8% greater in comparing Iowa peers when combining all four-subject areas.
  • Waukee High School & DMACC
    • In 2015-16, WHS students earned 8,793 credits in the concurrent enrollment program with DMACC.
School Year WHS May Enrollment Total DMACC Credits Earned
2005-06 144 426
2006-07 372 1,225
2007-08 487 1,635
2008-09 416 1,453
2009-10 388 1,257
2010-11 827 2,930
2011-12 1,053 4,070
2012-13 1,294 5,468
2013-14 1,470 6,810
2014-15 1,530 6,681
2015-16 1,682 8,793

 

School Year WHS September Enrollment DMACC Unduplicated Count
2010-11 994 237
2011-12 1,147 470
2012-13 1,277 555
2013-14 1,464 637
 2014-15 1,530 614
2015-16 1,682 753

There is no cost of tuition for students or families who enrolled in concurrent courses with DMACC. For the 2014-15 school year, the 8,793 credit hours earned represents a savings of $1,846,530 for our families!

560 Southeast University Avenue
Waukee, Iowa 50263
Phone 515.987.5161
Fax 515.987.2701