Waunakee Community High School

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

Waunakee Community High School was named to the 4th Annual AP District Honor Roll


by The College Board, the creators of the Advanced Placement Tests and ACT Test.  The Waunakee Community School District is one of 477 school districts in the United States and Canada to earn this distinction. 

This recognition was awarded to our school due to the increased numbers of students that took AP Tests while still maintaining or increasing the number of students that earned scores of 3 or higher on the tests during the 2011, 2012 and 2013 school years.


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

Congratulations to Alex Werndli
achieving the first perfect SAT score of 2400
in the history of our school!



Congratulations 2015 National Merit Scholarship Finalists
Brandt DietrySara FreimuthColin Hensen,
Emma Meyer, and Moira Shrader
5 of the 15,000 Finalists of 1.5 million entrants!  
 
Best wishes as you advance to the next level of competition,

hopefully 5 of the 8000 National Merit Scholarship recipients!


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

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


 

Congratulations to the members of the
Waunakee Community High School Class of 2014 

who established a new school high composite score of 25.32 on the 2014 ACT Test.  
76.9% of the members of the Class of 2014,
247 students,  
elected to take the ACT test.  

Results by school district can be searched on the
Department of Public Instruction's data website


 

2014-2015 SCHOOL PROFILE

ADMINISTRATION
Randy Guttenberg, Superintendent
Brian A. Kersten, Principal
Brian R. Smith, 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
Marcia Kuntz/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:
 
  • 1993 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching
  • 2003 Tandy Science Awards (2)
  •  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

 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
2014 2013
2012
2011
2010
4- Year College/University
72% 62%
 
59%
 
56%
 
64%
2-, 1-Year College/Technical School
20% 20%
 
 
27%
 
 
24%
 
 
25%
Military
0.3% 1%
 2%
4%
1%
 
 
NATIONAL MERIT HONORS
 
2014 Graduates: 5 Finalists; 2 Commended
2013 Graduates: 4 Finalists; 2 Commended
2012 Graduates: 1 Finalist; 3 Commended
2011 Graduates: 1 Finalist
2010 Graduates: 2 Finalists; 1 Commended
 
ACT RESULTS
 
The scores reflect the average for all graduates:
 
Year Waunakee Wisconsin National % Took Test
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%
2010 23.9 22.1 21.0 (203) 68%

 

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:   89      Part Time:   7
 

Highest Degrees:

80
25
4
  Bachelor’s Degree
Master’s Degree 
Nationally Certified Teachers

Faculty Distinctions:

2   Sen. Herb Kohl Teacher Awards/Fellowships
 
Last Updated: 5/26/15
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