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 (2020)

  • 98.0% 4-year graduation rate
  • 99.45% 5-year graduation rate

National Merit Award Winners

  • 10 in the class of 2021

Advanced Placement (AP)

  • 2020 – (2) National AP Scholars, (1) AP International Diploma
  • 73% of students who took the exam scored a (3) or higher
  • 200 students took 373 exams in 17 subjects (in a COVID year)
  • AP Historical Data:
    • 2020 – 62 scholars, 3.95 exam average
    • 2019 – 65 scholars, 3.91 exam average
    • 2018  – 77 scholars, 3.91 exam average
    • 2017  – 92 scholars, 4.07 exam average
    • 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

ACT Information (Class of 2019 Information)
ACT Composite Average: 23.0, State Composite Average: 21.6

Fine Arts Program

  • Jazz Band has placed in the top 3 at Jazz Championships every year since 2008.
  • Jazz 1 recognized by Down Beat magazine for the last 3 years as one of the top high school Jazz Band in the country.
  • Marching Band undefeated in competitions vs. Iowa Bands for the last 10 years.
  • 25 selected from WHS Vocal Program for 2020 All-State.
  • 17 selected from the WHS Band Program for 2020 All-State.

Waukee High School & DMACC

There are no tuition costs for students or families enrolled in concurrent courses with DMACC. For the 2018-19 school year, WHS students earned 10,176 credit hours through the concurrent enrollment program with DMACC. The credits earned by students represent a savings of $1,495,872 for our families!

School Year Total DMACC Credits Earned
2005-06 426
2006-07 1,225
2007-08 1,635
2008-09 1,453
2009-10 1,257
2010-11 2,930
2011-12 4,070
2012-13 5,468
2013-14 6,810
2014-15 6,681
2015-16 8,793
2016-17 8,699
2017-18 10,020
2018-19 10, 176