68 different languages are currently spoken by students in the district.

About the District

Cindi McDonald, superintendent of schools

Waukee Community School District (WCSD) is an exciting place! We are proud of the comprehensive programming we are able to offer our students in the areas of academics, performing arts and athletics.

WCSD is currently the 8th largest school district in Iowa serving more than 10,500 students from Clive, Urbandale, Waukee and West Des Moines, as well as open enrolled students from other communities outside the 55 square miles of our district boundaries.

For more than 100 years, the district has been committed to delivering a curriculum that is rigorous, relevant and promotes high levels of engagement. Our student body ranks high nationally on every measure of academic progress. We have one of the highest graduation rates in the state at 99.26% and more than 89% of our graduates go on to some form of postsecondary education.

Collectively, staff members work to remove barriers that may impact student progress and achievement, providing increasingly advanced coursework and instruction at all grade levels. Every employee, volunteer and community partner associated with our district works to deliver our mission and vision each day. Specifically, we want to partner with families to prepare every child for success after high school. Learning and doing what’s best for our students will ALWAYS be our primary focus.

We invite you to get involved with our schools. Be informed, be a part of the excitement and be our partner!

To learn more about enrolling at Waukee Schools, visit our Enrollment Page.

Cindi McDonalds Blog Page

 Our History

On July 29, 1916, a petition was brought forward to form the Waukee Consolidated School District. The petition successfully merged Walnut Center, Pleasant View, Floral Valley, and Waukee Independent School Districts, which were all located in Walnut Township. In addition to these school districts, portions of Boone and Van Meter Townships were included in the merger.

Waukee Consolidated School District became Waukee Community School District (WCSD) and remained a small, rural school district well into the 80’s. As the Des Moines metropolitan area began to grow west in the 90’s, WCSD began experiencing rapid growth. Since 2000 the district’s student enrollment has increased by 450 students each year, making WCSD the fastest growing school district in Iowa.

Our schools serve students from Clive, Urbandale, Waukee and West Des Moines as well as open enrollment students from other communities outside the 55 square miles of our district boundaries. There are currently 13 school buildings operating in WCSD including eight elementary schools: Brookview, Eason, Maple Grove, Shuler, Walnut Hills, Waukee Elementary, Woodland Hills and Grant Ragan; two grade 6/7 middle schools: Waukee Middle School and South Middle School; two grade 8/9 buildings: Prairieview and Timberline; and one high school: Waukee High School.

History of Waukee Community School District Superintendents:

Superintendents provide leadership in developing and maintaining the best possible educational programs and services. They set the direction and tone for a district while responding to the needs of students, parents, teachers, administrations and elected board members. WCSD has a culture of building leaders who are focused on optimizing the individual learning and potential for success in a global community for all students.

  • H. P. Simpson – 1916
  • 4 “unknown” – 1917-1920
  • George W. Guthrie – 1920-1923
  • W. S. Smiley – 1923-1927
  • Chester J. Hartman – 1927- 1943
  • S. J. Wassom – 1943-1945
  • Roger K. Langer – 1945-1952
  • William N. Morris – 1952-1957
  • Kenneth E. Bryant – 1957-1964
  • Vince Meyer – Feb. 1964-June 1964
  • Clair Eason – 1964-1994
  • Veronica Stalker – 1994-2004
  • Dr. David J. Wilkerson – 2004-2017
  • Cindi McDonald – 2017+
560 Southeast University Avenue
Waukee, Iowa 50263
Phone 515.987.5161
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