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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    A
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Western Dubuque High School is an above average, public school located in Epworth, IA. It has 902 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 90% of students are at least proficient in math and 83% in reading.

Western Dubuque High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
83%
Percent Proficient - Math
90%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
Average ACT
25
158 responses
AP Enrollment
2%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    A-
Median Household Income
$75,086
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$738
National
$949
Median Home Value
$162,600
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
75%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.8 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.8 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 30 responses
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  • Homecoming
    23%
  • Senior Survivor
    20%
  • Sporting events
    20%
  • Prom
    17%
  • Show choir Competitions
    7%
  • Spirit Week
    7%
  • Homecoming
    3%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
902
Free or Reduced Lunch
29%
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.11 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.11 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.11 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$51,358
Teachers in First/Second Year
17%
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.24 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.24 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.24 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$12,964/ year
National
$12,239
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.22 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.22 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.22 responses
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The 4 years I spent at West Dubuque High School was very rewarding! I had a wonderful Experience being involved in many Productions Including, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Bye Bye Birdie and Lion King Jr. I was involved in Crew as Well for Show Choir and then my Senior Year I Joined Show Choir. I enjoyed all the travel involved and the relationships that I built along the way. All of the teachers at West Dubuque are beyond inspirational, they have all the best intentions to help you succeed. There are so many opportunities for students with sports and clubs! The school is well maintained and they have in recent years added a large addition with a new Gym and an Auditorium! We had great School Spirit! It truly was a blessing to be at West Dubuque High School!
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Western Dubuque High School and Community School District really creates a community feeling. There is a very supportive environment for success in academics and athletics. Teachers are personable and want the students to thrive and understand the material. Located in rural area, very safe feeling. Not very diverse due to rural area but definitely open to all people of every aspect. There are plenty clubs and activities that aim to involve all students in some way, including sports, creative arts, and academic clubs.
WDHS is one of those small town schools where everyone knows everyone, but it is completely unique in the sense of community that comes with being a Bobcat. The teachers at WDHS are the most dedicated and kind people you will ever have the privilege of knowing. They genuinely care about their students and want to make sure they succeed both in school and in life. The "Bobcat Spirit" that is promoted at the school really does exist in the hearts of the staff, faculty, and most of the students who attend the school. The Friday night football games, Homecoming parade, and pep rallies cement that once you are a Bobcat, you are always a Bobcat. They are offer more AP and NICC dual courses now and the school is always getting new renovations (still no AC in the original building however). The sports, clubs, and the arts are incredible and had their best year yet in 2019. WDHS has given me a one of a kind high school experience that I will treasure for the rest of my life. 8.5/10