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Home of the Warriors, the academic program is the indisputable highest priority at Washington High School. Our school believes that all students should prepare for post-secondary education and should pursue the most rigorous academic programs in high school that they can successfully handle. Washington provides a wide array of academic awards to encourage academic achievement from all students. At Washington High School, we celebrate the rich diversity that characterizes our school community.
Washington offers 25 Advanced Placement (AP) courses to its students. AP courses are college courses taught in high school and are considered the “gold standard” of high school curriculum in America. Our school also offers six world languages including Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Many elective courses in art, business education, family and consumer science, and industrial technology enhance the rigorous courses in the core areas of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and world languages.
A number of co-curricular activities are offered at Washington and students are strongly encouraged in co-curricular participation. Our students participate in 14 vocal and instrumental music ensembles, an exciting theatre program, a nationally-recognized debate squad, and extensive competitive speech activities. Students with athletic interests choose from 22 sports. More than two dozen clubs attract interested students, and student government provides leadership experiences for many. Finally, competitive academic teams include Academic Decathlon, Mock Trial, Science Olympiad, and Mathematics.
Washington High School benefits immeasurably from four parent support groups. The PTA (Parent Teacher Association which is our academic support group), the Washington Athletic Club, Patrons of the Performing Arts, and Friends of Forensics all provide extensive support.
Washington High School, opened in 1957. This building was named after the original Washington High School which closed in 1935. Washington is the "Number 1" rated high school on the University of Iowa's Advanced Placement Index and the Washington Post's "Most Challenging American High Schools" list. The average ACT score of the Class of 2013 was 24.8, highest in the Metro area.