Walnut Hills Entrance Exam (WHEE)

  • Thank you for your interest in Walnut Hills High School.  Walnut Hills High School, established in 1895, is a nationally recognized college preparatory school serving students in grades 7 through 12. Upon graduation, many students are accepted to the finest universities and colleges in America. To be eligible to enroll, students must earn qualifying scores on the CPS administered Iowa Assessment, also called the Walnut Hills Entrance Exam (WHEE).

    Testing for Currently Enrolled CPS 6th Grade Students

    Every 6th grade student currently enrolled in a CPS school takes the WHEE at their school during the school day in the Fall. For students that do not receive qualifying scores in the Fall, there is an optional second opportunity at the students' school of enrollment during the month of February. Registration for a retake is required. Registration instructions will be provided with the student’s scores from the Fall testing opportunity.

    Testing for Currently Enrolled CPS 7-11th Grade Students

    Students currently enrolled in a CPS school in grades 7 through 11 have the option to take the WHEE on a Saturday testing date. Students are allowed to take the exam twice per year. Registration is required. Students who test in the 2023-2024 school year and earn eligible scores will be eligible for Walnut Hills High School Enrollment in the school year 2024-2025. 

    Testing for Students Not Currently Enrolled in a CPS School

    Students not currently enrolled in a CPS school in grades 6 through 11 have the option to take the WHEE on a Saturday testing date. Students are allowed to take the exam twice per year. Registration is required. Students who test in the 2023-2024 school year and earn eligible scores will be eligible for Walnut Hills High School Enrollment in the school year 2024-2025. 

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WHEE FAQ

  • How do I register for the WHEE?

  • My student didn’t qualify with their first test. Can they take the WHEE again?

  • My student earned qualifying scores, but they weren’t great. Can they take the test again?

  • My student earned qualifying scores. Are they automatically enrolled in Walnut Hills High School?

  • My student earned qualifying scores. Can they enroll for the Spring Semester?

  • My ninth-grader earned qualifying scores. Will they have adjusted graduation requirements?

  • The Saturday exams are during a religious holiday. Can my student take the test at a different time?

  • My student has an IEP, 504 plan, is an English Language Learner, or on an ISP plan. Will they receive accommodations for the exam?

  • When will I receive my student’s scores?

  • What documentation is needed to register for the exam?

  • My family is relocating to Cincinnati. Are they eligible to enroll in WHHS this year?

  • What criteria is used to determine probationary enrollment?

  • How long does the exam take?

  • How should my student prepare for the exam?

  • Will my 8th grade student take the same test as my 6th grade student?