Waukee High School is proud of the comprehensive programming available to our students. We utilize a 4 X 4 block schedule, a structure that provides students the opportunity to expand their horizons by enrolling in additional courses.

Helpful Information for Registration

  • Underclassmen must enroll in four classes each term
  • Graduation requirements – Waukee High School requires 53 credits for high school graduation, as adopted by the Waukee School Board. A credit is defined as a passing grade in a term (9 weeks) of a given course.
    Graduation Requirements Credits ***World Language NOT required to graduate
    English 8 Speech Required
    Math 6
    Science 6
    Social Studies 6 Must include US History  (2) & Government
    Financial Literacy 1
    Health 1
    Physical Education 4 *One credit each year
    Electives 21 Includes Additional Core
    Total Credits 53
  • Course prerequisites
  • Entrance requirements at various post-secondary institutions

Course Format Terminology

Skinny course:  This course is offered for a semester in length for 45 minutes (½ block). Only specific courses to meet scheduling needs are developed in this format.

Virtual course:  These courses are offered online and students are not required to attend in person.

Hybrid course: Hybrid courses combine face-to-face classroom instruction with online learning. A portion of a Hybrid course is scheduled on-campus and the rest is completed online. Hybrid courses offer students the best of both worlds: regularly scheduled interaction with teachers and flexibility of computer-based learning. All Hybrid students must meet classroom and/or online requirements.

Course Guide

Please click on the content areas below to access information about the courses offered. If you have questions about registration procedures or your specific educational plan, please contact your counselor.

Course Planning Ideas

I’M GOING INTO 10TH GRADE.  WHAT SHOULD I REGISTER FOR?

 

SUBJECT CURRENT COURSE REGISTER FOR THIS NOTES TO CONSIDER
Math Basic Algebra I →

Algebra I →

Formal Geometry →

Algebra II →

Algebra I

Basic or Formal Geometry

Algebra II or Foundations of Alg II

Trig, Prob/Stat or Finite Math

Consult your current teacher and/or counselor for their recommendation
Science Physical Science → Modern Bio or Honors Bio Consult your current teacher and/or counselor for their recommendation
Social Studies Modern World History → Nothing Required 10th Grade Recent US History and Contemporary Affairs are available, but not required.
English English I →

Honors English I →

English II

Honors English II

Speech if still needed

To move up or down a level, consult your teacher and counselor.

May take Oral Comm in 11th/12th instead of Speech

World Language Level 1 →

Level 2 →

Level 2 *not required

Level 3 *not required

See notes below

Current teacher may offer advice on whether or not to continue taking world language classes.

Not required to graduate (see notes for more info)

PE/Health PE 9th →

Health 9th →

PE – choose one from guide

No additional Health required

Students must take PE in 10th grade. 9th grade Health meets the graduation requirement.
Electives Students may be taking a variety of Electives in 9th grade. These count for HS credit. Do not repeat a class you earned/will earn credit for in 9th grade. Pay close attention to prerequisites before selecting electives.  

I’M GOING INTO 11TH GRADE.  WHAT SHOULD I REGISTER FOR?

SUBJECT CURRENT COURSE REGISTER FOR THIS NOTES TO CONSIDER
Math Algebra I →

Basic Geometry →

Formal Geometry →

Algebra II →

Prob/Stats →

Trig →

Pre-Calculus →

Basic or Formal Geom

Foundations of Algebra II or Consumer

Algebra II or Foundations of Alg II

Trig or Prob/Stats or Finite Math

Trig or Finite Math, or AP Stats

Prob/Stats or Finite or PreCalculus

AP Calculus

Consult your current teacher and/or counselor for their recommendation

See notes below for more guidance

Trig is not required

Science Modern Biology →

Honors Biology →

Chemistry →

Chemistry or Ecology or Astronomy or Geology

Chemistry

AP Biology or AP Chemistry or Anatomy or AP Physics

Consult your current teacher and/or counselor for their recommendation

See notes below for more guidance

Social Studies You may or may not have taken Social Studies in 10th Grade US History

AP US History

You may take additional SS courses. 
English English 2 →

Honors English 2 →

English III

AP Lang

Speech if still needed

To move up or down a level, consult your teacher and counselor.

May take Oral Comm in 11th/12th instead of Speech

World Language Level 1 →

Level 2 →

Level 3 →

Level 2 *not required

Level 3 *not required

Level 4 *not required

See notes below

Current teacher may offer advice on whether or not to continue taking world language classes.

Not required to graduate (see notes for more info)

PE/Health PE  → PE – choose one from guide

Health required before graduation.

Students must take PE in 11th grade.  You can repeat the same PE.
Electives Students may be taking a variety of Electives in 10th grade. Do not repeat a class you earned/will earn credit for in 9th or 10th grade. Pay close attention to prerequisites before selecting electives.  

I’M GOING INTO 12TH GRADE.  WHAT SHOULD I REGISTER FOR?

 

SUBJECT CURRENT COURSE REGISTER FOR THIS NOTES TO CONSIDER
Math Basic Geometry →

Formal Geometry →

Algebra II →

Prob/Stats →

Trig →

Pre-Calculus →

Finite Math →

Foundations of Algebra II or Consumer 

Algebra II or Foundations of Alg II

Trig or Prob/Stats or Finite Math or AP Stats

Trig or Finite Math, or AP Stats

Prob/Stats or Finite or PreCalculus or AP Stats

AP Calculus

Trig or Prob/Stats or AP Stats

Consult your current teacher and/or counselor for a recommendation.

See notes below for more guidance.

Trig is not required.

Math is encouraged every year for four-year, college- bound students.

Science Chemistry →

AP Biology or AP Chemistry or Anatomy or AP Physics →

Ecology or Astronomy or Geology →

AP Biology or AP Chemistry or Anatomy or AP Physics

You may choose another course from the science department

Ecology or Astronomy or Geology

Consult your current teacher and/or counselor for a recommendation.

See notes below for more guidance.

Science not required Senior year if 6 credits completed

Social Studies US History →

AP US History →

Government or AP Government

AP Government or Government

You may still need one additional SS course. 
English English III →

AP Lang →

College Prep English and/or Oral Communications

AP Lit and/or Oral Communications

Speech if still needed

May take Oral Comm in 11th/12th instead of Speech;

May take an English elective to fulfill requirements instead of CPE or OC

World Language Level 1-Level 5 → Level 2-5 *not required Check with current teacher Not required to graduate (see notes for more info)
PE/Health PE  → PE – choose one from guide

Health required before graduation.

*May be exempt from PE 12th grade. 

You can repeat the same PE.

Electives Students may be taking a variety of Electives in 11th grade. Do not repeat a class you earned/will earn credit for in 9th-11th grade. Pay close attention to prerequisites before selecting electives.  
When requesting a schedule change, please keep in mind that the master schedule is developed by the number of course selections identified by students during the registration process.  School administrators make decisions regarding the number of sections per department based on students’ course selections. For those reasons, we ask that students please be wise when initially registering and inputting their course requests.  The following outlines our policy on schedule changes.
Initial registration takes place in school, but communication will be facilitated through your child’s advisor.  Student schedule changes may be limited to the following:
1.  Approved level changes by the parent, teacher and counselor within the first two weeks of the term – pending space available in the course.
2. Failure in pre-requisite course.
3. Computer and/or clerical error.  Student requests are stored in PowerSchool.
4. Special Programming placement
5. Prerequisite not completed.
6. Students who must enroll in a course to meet graduation requirements or college entrance requirements, as outlined by college communication.
7. Seniors wanting to add/drop a course without disturbing the rest of the schedule – within the first two days of the term (if space is available in course.)
8. Administrator approval.