Waukee Community School District

The Waukee Community School District is the fastest growing school district in the state, currently serving more than 9,000 students from Waukee, Clive, Urbandale and West Des Moines. Waukee recognizes the value of a strong educational foundation. 

In the fall of 2014, Waukee Community School District began offering courses through the Waukee Aspiring Professional Experience (APEX) program (formerly Waukee CAPS). Partnering with area businesses, Waukee APEX has established curriculum that develops students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills. 

"We embed a classroom of students and the instructor in a business for a half day. They perform real-world projects for that business. … So we’re trying to help meet some of those workforce needs and give our students exposure to what the jobs are really like. I tell people, you can’t replicate that in a classroom. Every business partner we had last year signed up to be a partner this year, and we’re doubling (the courses offered). We have nearly 250 students participating. We’re also building a facility to help support this programming." 

-Superintendent Dr. Dave Wilkerson, Des Moines Business Record, January 2016

Watch this great video about the Waukee Community School District's "Rock Star" students.