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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    C-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    A+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Waunakee Community School District is a top rated, public school district located in Waunakee, WI. It has 4,181 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 72% of students are at least proficient in math and 69% in reading.

Waunakee Community School District Rankings

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  • Middle
  • High

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High Schools in Waunakee Community School District

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
69%
Percent Proficient - Math
72%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1390
18 responses
Average ACT
28
240 responses

Students

Diversity
C-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
4,181
Free or Reduced Lunch
8%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$61,112
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.2%

Finances

Total Expenses
$48,301,000
Expenses Per Student
$12,854/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    61%
  • Support Services
    35%
  • Other
    4%
Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    A-
Median Household Income
$98,224
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$980
National
$949
Median Home Value
$312,900
National
$184,700

Waunakee Community School District Reviews

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My son is in his fifth year of school in Waunakee and we are so happy with where is at academically. I have always felt like the expectations are much higher here and I worry when I talk to parents on teenagers in the district because of the amount of stress these teenagers are under with their studies. However, there is something to be said for academic preparedness. I have heard from current college students that say high school was stressful but they were more prepared for college than many of their peers. The standards for education are outstanding here and I love all of the educational opportunities that are offered here. I would 100% recommend this community to anyone that is looking to relocate to this area. The teachers are amazing, the food service is top notch, and these schools are incredible. I have read comments in other reviews about the lack of diversity, that is changing a lot in the younger grades right now, and was certainly never the fault of the district.
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Waunakee High School is fantastic as it helps students showcase their talents through clubs, athletics, and academics. The culture at Waunakee is very respectful as everyone is very polite to each other; which, means bullying is not a problem at Waunakee. Our student body has a lot of team spirit for our athletics like football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, and lacrosse. The teachers there are also very involved with their student, as each teacher gives out resources to all students so that they can succeed. However, some students choose not to take those resources to help them. Even Waunakee has some problems; yet for one the diversity at Waunakee is non-existent, as 98 percent of us are white. Also, a lot of Waunakee students come from the middle to upper class; which, allows students to have easy access to money to buy drugs. Drugs have become very prevalent, like juuling and dabing, even in middle school. Overall Waunakee is a fantastic school it just needs a few changes.
As a Waunakee graduate, the diversity really upset me. I've heard people saying that Waunakee is "White Waunakee" because there is 1% of all of the students there are non-white.

Also, Waunakee focuses more on sports than arts or academics. The players don't learn anything, they're only taught how to win and why winning is good.

The academics are fine, but some of the classes I took did not prepare me for college at all. They congratulate people who get a perfect score on the ACT like they're some famous celebrity.

Now with the bullying/cliques/things you're not taught how to deal with: there are many cliques. The teachers seem oblivious to this. Teachers also pick favourites.

I'm happy to have graduated and moved on. I had to take geometry and other classes that I have never used since I graduated. I think it's about time those classes started going away and classes like how to handle cliques or stress management.