Waukee High School Makes National AP Honor Roll
Waukee Community School District (WCSD) is one of 539 school districts across 44 of the 50 states in the U.S. and Canada being honored by The College Board with placement on the 3rd Annual AP® District Honor Roll for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement® course work while increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.
“This designation not only speaks to the level of achievement of these Waukee High School students, it is also indicative of the district’s commitment to optimizing the individual learning environment for our students. We want our students to realize their potential and Advanced Placement coursework is one avenue for students to explore,” Kirk Johnson, Waukee High School principal, said.
Advanced Placement (AP) is a program of college-level courses and exams giving motivated students the opportunity to earn credit for college while still in high school. AP courses are developed by committees composed of college faculty and high school teachers. Each AP labeled course has been approved by The College Board through an extensive review process. These courses cover the breadth of information, skills, and assignments in corresponding collegiate courses. Most AP courses at Waukee High School (WHS) are a full semester and provide a more intense and rigorous academic experience.
Since 2010 WCSD has increased the number of students participating in AP from 63 to 165 while maintaining the high percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher at 80 percent. Currently Waukee High School offers 11 AP courses. Beginning in the 2013-14 school year 13 AP courses will be offered to students.
Inclusion on the 3rd Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2010 to 2012, for the following criteria:
- Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts and at least 11 percent in small districts.
- Ensure that the percentage of African American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students taking AP Exams did not decrease by more than 5 percent for large and medium districts or by more than 10 percent for small districts.
- Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2012 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2010, unless the district has already attained a performance level in which more than 70 percent of the AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.
“Obviously we are pleased to see this positive upward trend in both the number of students taking AP courses and the performance level of those students. It’s a testament to the high quality instruction provided by staff as well as the effort put forth by our students,” Dr. Dave Wilkerson, WCSD superintendent, said.
Waukee High School Academic Achievements
Waukee High School offers a wide selection of courses including unique special interest, Advanced Placement (AP), and concurrently enrolled classes.
National Merit Award Winners:
- (11) National Merit Finalists since 2010
ACT Information (Class of 2011 Information):
- ACT Composite Average: 23.8, State Composite Average: 22.1
WHS Students taking classes through DMACC for college credit:
- In 2011-12, WHS students earned 4,070 credits in the concurrent enrollment program with DMACC. That is a 39 percent increase from 2010-11.
- Waukee High School/DMACC College Credits since 2005-06:
- 2005-06: 144 (students enrolled), 426 (total credits earned)
- 2006-07: 372 (students enrolled), 1,225 (total credits earned)
- 2007-08: 487 (students enrolled), 1,635 (total credits earned)
- 2008-09: 416 (students enrolled), 1,453 (total credits earned)
- 2009-10: 388 (students enrolled), 1,257 (total credits earned)
- 2010-11: 827 (students enrolled), 2,930 (total credits earned)
- 2011-12: 1,053 (students enrolled), 4,070 (total credits earned)