Waunakee Community High School

General Information
WAUNAKEE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
 
Committed to Children * Committed to Community * Committed to Excellence

 

Steve Frost, Theodore Liu, Moira Shrader,
Danielle Amundsen, and Colin Hensen 
are the only students in the history of
Waunakee Community High School to achieve perfect ACT scores.

Alex Werndli
achieved the first perfect SAT score of 2400
in the history of our school!



 

2015-2016 SCHOOL PROFILE
(also listed in Student Services)
 

ADMINISTRATION
Randy Guttenberg, Superintendent
Brian A. Kersten, Principal
Aaron May, Activities Director
Brian Grabarski, Associate Principal
Brian Borowski, Associate Principal
COUNSELING STAFF
Susan Bishop, Students A-E
Barb Fassbender, Students F-K
Mark Landis, Students L-Q
Jane Glynn, Students R-Z
 
 
 
 301 Community Drive
Waunakee, WI 53597
Main Office: 608.849.2100
Counseling Office: 608.849.2115
FAX 608.849.2490
CEEB Code: 502 395
 
The Waunakee Community School District is a partnership of community, staff, parents and students striving for excellence. Educational discovery is the key to creating a community of learners in which each individual can achieve success.
 
The district?s primary educational goal shall be to promote excellence, deliver a challenging curriculum and encourage global perspectives grounded in respect.
 
The Waunakee School District is 56-square miles in area contiguous with Madison, WI to our south. Waunakee is one of the most rapidly growing communities in Dane County.
 
Money Magazine 2009 rated Waunakee #78 Best Place to Live in US.
 
OUR REPUTATION
WI Manufacturers & Commerce recognized Waunakee Community School District as "Best of the Class."
 
Other awards include:
 
  • Newsweek included Waunakee Community High School in their list of America's Top 500 High Schools 2015
  • 2008-09 Waunakee High School "Spirit of Excellence" Region 5 Award for Leadership and Service to school and community
  • Madison Magazine rated Waunakee Community School District the best district in the Madison area Spring 2004; Summer 2007 rated Waunakee High School the best public High School in Dane County
  • 2003 Tandy Science Awards (2)

 SUMMARY OF REQUIRED COURSES FOR GRADUATION

Courses Credits

English
Mathematics
Social Studies
Science
Career Workshop
Health
Physical Education 
Electives * 

4.0
2.0
3.0
2.0
¼ 
¼
1.5 
11.0

* All students are encouraged to take 2.0 credits in a single foreign language, required by most universities for admission.
                 
 
ACADEMIC STANDING
It is the policy of the Board of Education of the Waunakee School District that class rank is not routinely provided. Waunakee High School holds high academic standards, and it is our hope that you look upon factors other than class rank in determining the admission of the student whose application accompanies this profile. For further information, please call the Counseling Office at (608) 849-2115.
 
GRADING SYSTEM
Waunakee Community High School uses a 10-point grading system:
 
A+ = 4.3  A = 4.0   A- = 3.7 B+ = 3.3 B = 3.0 B- = 2.7 C+ = 2.3 C = 2.0 C- = 1.7 D+ = 1.3 D = 1.0 D- = 0.7 F = 0
                                           
WAUNAKEE HIGH SCHOOL LAUDE SYSTEM
 

The purpose of the Laude System is to recognize students for the rigor of their academic program as well as their success in that program.  This award system is in addition to the gold Honor Cords that are awarded for GPAs of 3.6 or higher. Laude courses are italicized. Please visit our website for a complete explanation of this program at:  http://www.waunakee.k12.wi.us/hs/pdf/laude.pdf

 
POST HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENTS
 
Graduation Year
2015 2014 2013
2012
2011
4- Year College/University
64% 72% 62%
 
59%
 
56%
2-, 1-Year College/Technical School
24% 20% 20%
 
 
27%
 
 
24%
Military
1% 0.3% 1%
 2%
4%
 
 
NATIONAL MERIT HONORS
 
2015 Graduates: 5 Finalists; 1 Commended
2014 Graduates: 5 Finalists; 2 Commended
2013 Graduates: 4 Finalists; 2 Commended
2012 Graduates: 1 Finalist; 3 Commended
2011 Graduates: 1 Finalist
 
ACT RESULTS
 
The scores reflect the average for all graduates:
 
Year Waunakee Wisconsin National % Took Test
2015 25.1 22.2 21.0 (198) 72%
2014 25.3 22.2 21.0 (247) 77%
2013 25.2 22.1 20.9 (218) 68%
2012 24.4 22.1 21.1 (208) 73%
2011 24.2 22.2 21.1 (215) 70%

 

Our student composite scores are consistently above the State and National averages on standardized tests (WKCE, Explore, PLAN, ACT)

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) TESTS
Waunakee Community High School offers ten AP Courses. Other AP Courses may be taken online with approval of the Gifted/Talented Coordinator.
 


Year
Students
Taking One or

More Exams

Total #
of Exams
 Taken   

Exams With
Score of 3

 or Higher  

2014
2013
2012
2011
2010

213
124
77
119
143

392
447
190
192
265
322
330
93
126
172
                                                                                                                                                  
FACULTY
Full Time:   91      Part Time:   5
 
74
22
4
  Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree 
Nationally Certified Teachers

Faculty Distinctions:

2   Sen. Herb Kohl Teacher Awards/Fellowships

Congratulations Class of 2016
achieving the top composite ACT score
of all schools in Dane County – 23.9


Posting the highest ACT score in Dane county is an accomplishment that the members of the Class of 2016
should take great pride in.
The High School Staff and Administration are proud of you and appreciate your efforts to excel on the ACT.

Dane County Schools ACT Composite Scores


Waunakee Community High School was named to the
6th Annual College Board AP Honor Roll

The AP Honor Roll consists of the 425 school districts in the U.S. 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.


Congratulations to the students, staff, parents and members of the community
as your efforts to make Waunakee Community High School
a great place to learn, teach and work
have resulted in Newsweek Magazine honoring our school
as a Top 500 High School in America.

2016 National Merit
Scholarship Program Students
Steven FrostTheodore Liu
Samantha MitchellJonah Schiestle


Outstanding Young People (2014-15) 
recognized by the Urban League of Madison:

Jessica BymersJada DayneEva Gonzalez,
Paige GuttenbergTheodore Liu, and Vivian Wilhelms


Last Updated: 6/13/16
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