Waconia High School is the home of the Wildcats and serves more than 1,300 students in grades 9-12. We are a growing, thriving and comprehensive four-year high school located in Waconia, MN. WHS has a great balance of academic, athletic, and fine arts opportunities available to the students while maintaining a great sense of community and individual attention. 

Our philosophy at WHS is one based on a dedication to excellence in education and the development of each student to his or her full potential for the leading of a healthy, productive, and fulfilling life. Our mission is to create students who are purposeful thinkers, effective communicators, self-directed learners, productive group participants, and responsible citizens.

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Senior Photo & Senior Baby Advertisement Information 

Parents and guardians of a Waconia High School senior can submit senior portraits and purchase baby advertisements for the 2024-2025 Waconia High School yearbook. The deadline for submitting senior portraits and purchasing a baby advertisement is November 4, 2024. 

Portraits: Senior Portraits Site

Baby Ads: Senior Baby Ads Site

Sufka and Trostad Named School Board Student Representatives 

Rising juniors Ayla Sufka and Reidun Trostad have been named the school board's student representatives for the 2024-25 school year. Sufka is involved in volleyball, track & field, Conservation Club, SOAR, ROAR, and FCA among other activities. Trostad is involved in tennis, Conservation Club, International Club, Student Advisory Board, National Honor Society, and is a Waconia food shelf volunteer.

Amy Dettman Named Accomplished Waconia Educator

The Waconia Education Association has announced that Amy Dettman, Jaime Ess, and Luke Miller are the 2024 recipients of the Accomplished Waconia Educators Award. The three recipients will now go on to represent Waconia Public Schools in the 2024-25 Minnesota Teacher of Year program next Fall.

Dettman is a special education teacher at Waconia High School who is finishing her 21st year of teaching, with 18 of those years served in Waconia. 

“Amy always believes in her students,” one nominator said. “She had a positive impact in the lives of my boys. She always saw the positives and potential in them and helped them to thrive. She is a passionate teacher who cares greatly about her students.”

Student Musicians Earn All-State Honors

Four Waconia High School choir students and two band members have earned All-State honors from the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) in the past several weeks. Julian Riemer (Soprano Alto Choir-Soprano II), Emma James (Vocal Alternate-Soprano I), Charles Swift (Tenor Bass Choir-Tenor II), and Ayla Sufka (Soprano Alto Choir-Sorprano II) were selected to participate in the All-State Choir program. Grant Johnson and Luke Stineman were selected to participate in the All-State Band program. 

Students in high school bands, choirs, and orchestras across the state audition for an All-State spot in March. Judges listen to the students, evaluating them on their overall musicianship and technique. In mid-April, the MMEA All-State Committee chooses the final rosters.

Order Student School Photos Through Jostens

Parents and guardians looking to order school photos online can do so by going online to https://shop.jostenspix.com/login. When prompted, use the event code FE58724 for Waconia High School students and the event code FE278024 for Waconia Learning Center students. 

Upcoming Key Dates

August 26 | First Day of 2024-25 School Year

September 6 | Picture Day (Gr. 9-11)

October 9 | Picture Retake Day (Gr. 9-11)

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