Waunakee Community High School

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

WHS 2013 State Performance Report Card


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 Moira SchraderDanielle Amundsen, and Colin Hensen 
are 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!


Waunakee Community High School Class of 2013

sets new standards for ACT test participation 218 students (73.6%) and establishes a new high standard for composite ACT score of 25.2! This score ranks 5th highest in the State! 

State-Wide ACT Participation
Reported by Department of Public Instruction


Congratulations Class of 2014
National Merit Scholarship Program Semi-Finalists
(One of 16,000) 

Danielle Amundsen, Shane Legatzke, Kevin Olm, Natalie Tietz and Alexander Werndli

Congratulations are also extended to Andrew Maxfield and Adam Schremp who will receive Commended Student recognition signifying that they were in the top 50,000 students of the 1.5 million students in the competition.


 

2013-2014 SCHOOL PROFILE

ADMINISTRATION
Randy Guttenberg, Superintendent
Brian A. Kersten, Principal
Brian R. Smith, Activities Director
Brian Grabarski, Associate Principal
Timothy Mommaerts, 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, effective 2009/10 school year. Prior to the 2009/10 school year, Waunakee used a combination of 7-point and 10-point scales. Grades earned before the 2009/10 school year reflect the use of both scales:
 
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
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
4- Year College/University
62%
 
59%
 
56%
 
64%
 
53%
2-, 1-Year College/Technical School
20%
 
 
27%
 
 
24%
 
 
25%
 
 
37%
Military
1%
 2%
4%
1%
2%
 
 
NATIONAL MERIT HONORS
 
2013 Graduates: 4 Finalists; 2 Commended
2012 Graduates: 1 Finalist; 3 Commended
2011 Graduates: 1 Finalist
2010 Graduates: 2 Finalists; 1 Commended
2009 Graduates: 1 Finalist; 2 Commended
2008 Graduates: 1 Semi-finalist; 3 Commended
2007 Graduates: 1 Finalist; 1 Commended
 
ACT RESULTS
 
The scores reflect the average for all graduates:
 
Year Waunakee Wisconsin National % Took Test
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%
2009 23.3 22.3 21.1 (176) 67%

 

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 eight 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  

2013
2012
2011
2010
2009

 

124
77
119
143

77
 

447
190
192
265
119

 
330
93
126
172
 90

 
                                                                                                                                                  
FACULTY
Full Time:   89      Part Time:   7
 

Highest Degrees:

58
38
16
  Bachelor’s Degree
Master’s Degree 
Nationally Certified Teachers

Faculty Distinctions:

12   Sen. Herb Kohl Teacher Awards/Fellowships
1   State of Wisconsin Teacher-of-the-Year
 
Last Updated: 10/17/14
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