School Details

Wauconda High School

555 North Main Street, Wauconda, IL 60084
(847) 526-6611

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1306 students 17 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade


Prairie State Achievement Exam Results (PSAE)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Wauconda Community Unit School District 118 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Wauconda High School is a public high school in Wauconda. The principal of Wauconda High School is Mr. Daniel Klett. 1,306 children attend Wauconda High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 2% of the Wauconda High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 13% of the 1,306 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 24% get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Wauconda High School is 17:1. Lake Zurich High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 79% 74%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Asian 2% %
Hispanic 17% 19%
Black, non-Hispanic 1.0% 0.7%
Multiracial 0.3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.09%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 24% 19%
Limited English proficiency 2% 8%
Economically disadvantaged 13% 17%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I wish I could rate this school with no stars. I am so disappointed with the teachers and the deans. They play games with your childs education.It's there way or no way. I try and teach my children respect others but the teachers at this school don't respect the children and then get upset when they don't get it back. They just teach to the test and cannot be creative enough to find different ways to teach your child if they have difficulties learning the lesson the first time.

  • (1 year ago)

    WHS has done more harm than good with my kids They were ill prepared for college were not taught decent skills study habits etc. Special needs-HORRIBLE! say 1 thing write another- if it's not in writing it didn't happen. 1 teacher in particular is ruthless and it's her way or move 'em out of her class Freshman year. Special Ed was poorly rated for implementation from a state service that came in to "help. Teach tolerance for that rather than ship them to sedol school. Not enough is done with drugs. Zero tolerance is a joke. Especially with football and cheer. They don't enforce zero tolerance with drugs or bullying. School and police work hand in hand but not for what's best of the student usually. They just want to "look good on paper. The school NEEDS to cut out busy work TEACH! IMPLEMENT an across the board bullying program including assembly high school wide to address how severe it is more drug sweeps and improve S.E. services that are appropriate for the child and not just the ease of the school. Superintendent is Special Ed Lake County tho. . We liked the Grade School and Middle School and the hard working staff. Parents are outsiders unless you conform.

  • (1 year ago)

    Most kids go to college from this school with a handful going into the military and trades. The school is the center of the community and it's small semi-rural/semi-suburban setting has effectively insulated it from a lot of problems seen in other area schools. There is a good demographic mix and there does not seem to be economic pressure on the kids. It is socially a great safe place for students to learn and make friends. Most teachers are excellent - a few need to go but this is the case in every school. They have strong athletic and arts programming and contrary to older reviews they a new performing arts wing. Arts programs are well funded. My only complaints are that the English writing curriculum is very weak. I've taught my son to write at home as he was earning A grades for what I considered to be C papers. The deans suspend many kids when a simple "knock it off" or detention would do. They are strong in supporting kids in special ed but mainstreamed kids with ADHD dyslexia or other less serious learning issues are neglected - 504s and IEPs are not implemented unless parents are on their backs 24/7 about it. They lack insight into these disorders.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have two children at Wauconda Highschool - both taking honors classes and involved with sports. The Science department has been wonderful - the labs and experiments they do weren't available to me back in the 80s in district 214. There are ample opportunities for the students to get involved in academic groups as well as sports. The district has a sound curiculm and state test scores continue to rise. The leadership in the highschool needs improvement - having experienced wonderful administrators at the elementry and middle schools the High School administration should become more client focused...this isn't the "old wauconda" anymore. Parents are involved and expect the same level of service from the administrators that they received at the lower level schools. All being said the school / district does a great job under the current financial hardships brought on by the state.

  • (5 years ago)

    Having moved around a lot and experiencing other school districts around the country I have to say I am very pleased with Wauconda High School and the school district in general. My daughter is ending her Junior year and she has had a positive experience for the last 3 years. Since it is not a huge school there are many opportunities to get involved and not have to compete against 1000 kids for everything you try out for. The teachers and administrators really get involved with the students knowing them by name.

  • (5 years ago)

    I fell this school dose not really care for the need of the kids. My child has been very ill off and on. This school has not meet her need at all. They just want to close the books on the last semester so it will be easier on the teachers. All they have done is left her in the leach. I wish i could get her in to another school she is failing at this point and they just don't care. So much for no child left behind. I am so disappointed and hurt that i can't even begin to express. I feel i really have noone to turn to. I hope to god this dose not happen to any other child.

  • (6 years ago)

    Although Wauconda High School has yet to raise to technological standards (such as all teachers using online homework system (which is 'required' but few teachers comply) and lack of online grades/attendance) I feel my child has been getting a quality education. Any school experience and results are the product of educators and parents and the time and care invested.

  • (6 years ago)

    Beleive what you have read from most of these reviews. You can't imagine the disappointment our family had from the Wauconda school district. Long overdue are the improvements made from the referendum now they need to continue to improve the teachers/staff in their school--almost impossible.

  • (7 years ago)

    It's not the best school but it has made many great improvements. However there are changes that the school could've done without.

  • (7 years ago)

    WOW great improvements to the High School. It's wonderful to see the community putting forth the effort to increase the education and the grounds. I look forward to seeing the results this year.

  • (7 years ago)

    The school is changing! New classrooms and upgrades in computers should help the school move forward. Like any school going through a change in leadership it will take time but the changes are the right changes. Teachers students and parents are being asked to perform at higher levels. I look forward to watching Wauconda grow.

  • (8 years ago)

    i am only going to be a sophomore at wauconda highschool this year but i have already noticed many things about this school. For one if you dont play football do not expect to get alot of support from the staff at WHS. The football team just recieved state of the art uniforms when their old ones were not more then 5 or so years old. the band has been wearing the same uniforms since the 70's. many other sports and organizations are the same way. The resources at WHS are not up to par. Books are out dated computers are old and slow and from my experience the teachers are not what i consider quality. with the exception of one or two teachers i got the feeling that they didnt really care about the students. however with the new referendum WHS is looking up to a brighter future!

  • (9 years ago)

    Both of my sons graduated from this school. I watched as they struggled for advice and recognition from teachers and conselors. The fine art and 'award winning' band programs are only helped if parents provide the money and materials for anything worth while to happen and yet the football program is supplied tons of money to a team that has won 1 game in 3 years. College and after life have been a struggle as the boys have found out that the basics of reading writing and math were not up to par. We pay a credible amount of taxes to the district and the education is starving for attention

  • (10 years ago)

    I graduated from this school a few years ago and found that upon entering the 'real' world my knowledge of the basics were lacking considerably. The books that we used then were not up dated and most of the staff didn't care to up date us. Not everyone has the parent involvment needed to supply children with the knowedge that is lacking and the teachers don't get paid enough to care to take the time ot fill the children in on the current events. The money that is used to paint the walls should be used to educate what's within the walls.

  • (11 years ago)

    I go to this school and unfortunatly I have to say that it could be so much better. This year it was obvious to the student body that the school recieved a large amount of money becasue when we came back for the 2003-2004 school year most of the classrooms were repainted and retiled hallways were made over and a camera system was installed in the hallways and other large student areas. What we could have used was new textbooks that arent falling apart and from the 80's new computers that students can read and turn on (ours are very old and from about the early 90's)and maybe an air conditing system. We are the only building in the district without it but we have the largest student body and on hot days many students dont even bother to come because its unbearably hot. The administration needs to realize that making the appearance of the school better isnt going to help students when they are taking the I.S.A.T's new materials will.

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