Waukee Schools Make National AP® Honor Roll for Third Consecutive Year


For the third consecutive year, Waukee Community School District (WCSD) is one of twelve districts in the state of Iowa to be honored by The College Board with placement on the 5th Annual AP® ® District Honor Roll.

The twelve Iowa school districts being honored this year are:

  • Archdiocese of Dubuque Education Office
  • Clear Creek Amana Community School District
  • College Community School District
  • Davenport Community Schools
  • Decorah Community School District
  • Iowa City Community School District
  • Linn-Mar Community School District
  • Marion independent School District
  • North Scott Community School District
  • Pleasant Valley Community School District
  • Waukee Community School District
  • West Des Moines Community School District

Of these twelve districts, eight of them have achieved this honor for multiple years.

The honor roll consists of 547 school districts in the United States and Canada that simultaneously achieved increases in access to Advanced Placement courses for a broader number of students and also maintained or improved the rate at which their AP®  students earned scores of 3 or higher on an AP®  Exam.

The complete 5th Annual AP®  District Honor Roll can be found here.

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. Committees composed of college faculty and high school teachers develop AP®  courses. The College Board has AP® proved each AP®  labeled course 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.

Inclusion on the 5th Annual AP®  District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP®  data, from 2012 to 2014, for the following criteria:

  • Increased 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;
  • Increased or maintained the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students, and;
  • Improved performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2014 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2012, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP®  students are scoring a 3 or higher.

Waukee High School Academic Achievements

  • National Merit Award Winners
    • (14) National Merit Finalists since 2010
  • Advanced Placement (AP)
    • In 2014, WHS was home to (2) 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.
    • 75.8 % of WHS students who took AP exams in 2014 scored a (3) or higher on the exam.
    • 252 WHS students took 467 AP exams in 2014.
      • 252 is an increase by 21 students over 2013
      • 467 is an increase by 22 students over 2013
    • In 2009-10 WHS students took AP exams in (8) areas. In 2013-14 WHS students took AP exams in (19) areas.
  • ACT Information(Class of 2013 Information)
    • ACT Composite Average: 23.6, State Composite Average: 22.0
    • 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 2014, the percentage of WHS students scoring at or above established benchmarks for college readiness was 10% or greater than state of Iowa peers in English Composition, Algebra, Social Science, and Biology. It was 12% greater in comparing Iowa peers when combining all four-subject areas.
  • Waukee High School & DMACC
    • In 2013-14, WHS students earned 6,810 credits in the concurrent enrollment program with DMACC. That is a 25% increase from 2012-13.
      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


      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


      There is no cost of tuition for students or families who enrolled in concurrent courses with DMACC. For the 2013-14 school year, the 6,810 credit hours earned represents a savings of $939,780 for our families!


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Waukee, Iowa 50263
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