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Waukee Senior High School

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4 stars

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Posted July 9, 2013

As a recent graduate that is now in college, I think Waukee prepared me very well for the next step in my education. I have seen kids that went to Des Moines metro and area schools that are struggling with things that I learned in 10th grade at Waukee. There is a strong emphasis on athletics here, but there are also many opportunities for band, speech, choir, theatre, and language clubs that all boast wonderful programs. I can say this because I have been in these programs along with many of my friends. The faciities are top notch, the programs are wonderful, and one would be hard-pressed to find a better high school education in the Des Moines area.


Posted March 6, 2010

I am currently a junior at Waukee High School. I believe that there is a huge emphasis on both academic excellence and athletic excellence. There are opportunities for everyone, whether that be in sports, clubs, or other activities. The school is very inclusive of all and very accepting of others. The teachers are willing to work with students, even those with very busy schedules. Most athletes are multi-sport athletes but are still able to keep extremely high GPA's throughout the year. Waukee will continue to grow and rise to the challenge that that growth will bring. Waukee is also one of the best schools in the state both academically and athletically as well.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 29, 2009

WHS is the best school! The teachers care about the students academic growth and acheivements. Waukee School district hires very educated teachers and it shows in the student's test scores and graduation rate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2009

Too much emphasis on sports, not enough on academics. Not many sports opportunities for kids that aren't starting lineup caliber. Academics are OK, but not as solid as the school district would like people to believe. More emphasis is needed in math and science. Some of the language courses are weak and the instructors are uninspiring. The compressed block curriculum scheduling essentially doubles up courses so a year is presented 2-hours a day for a half year. Result: 2-hour sessions that do not generate the learning or experience that two separate 1-hour courses would have. The immersion concept is not executed as well as it might be. Lots of caring parents provide the difference that keeps the students and their results moving forward, if things do progress.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

433 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 82% in 2013.

433 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

All Students89%
African American60%
Asian82%
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities37%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students95%
African American80%
Asian94%
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities58%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Iowa Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 81%
Hispanic 3% 9%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 10%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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555 SE University
Waukee, IA 50263
Phone: (515) 987-5163

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