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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    C-
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Lincoln High School is a public school located in Des Moines, IA. It has 2,355 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 66% of students are at least proficient in math and 65% in reading.

Lincoln High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
65%
Percent Proficient - Math
66%
Average Graduation Rate
91%
Average SAT
1040
14 responses
Average ACT
22
192 responses
AP Enrollment
23%

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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$55,499
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$793
National
$949
Median Home Value
$120,685
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
76%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.25 responses
Poll
60%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.25 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 97 responses
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  • After-Prom
    19%
  • Showing up in specific attire to each sport game
    16%
  • Homecoming!
    16%
  • Prom
    15%
  • Teacher vs students
    12%
  • Marching Band
    5%
  • Powderpuff games
    3%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,355
Free or Reduced Lunch
69%
72%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.29 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.29 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.29 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
22:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$58,186
Teachers in First/Second Year
16.3%
52%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.46 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.46 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.46 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$13,757/ year
National
$12,239
74%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.50 responses
34%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.50 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.50 responses
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When I moved from Illinois I thought making a change in schools was a good decision. But, coming to Lincoln I felt like I could’ve stayed where I was. My experience at the school wasn’t all that because the teachers were not good at covering all the criteria and it would always leave me confused. My last year there I decided to graduate early. It was so unprofessional how they didn’t have the early grad papers prepared so we couldn’t properly sign out for school. Which made it hard for the principal and vice principal know that the early grads have left. After graduation I didn’t receive my diploma. Which really topped it off for me because there were only two people who didn’t get there diplomas at the end. I was very disappointed because I worked so hard and I walk across the stage for my diploma not to be there because they forgot about it. Overall, I don’t recommend this school to anyone.
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All my life until High School I have grown up with the same group of kids; preschool through 8th grade. I grew up in a Catholic school that teaches kids pre-school through 8th grade, 25 kids per room. Although that school taught me valuable lessons like family, faith, and friendships, I knew that it was time for a change. I had the chance to either go to Dowling Catholic High School or Lincoln. I had the chance to go to a school where I knew a lot of people, would challenge me and my faith, or a school where I knew nothing about . I decided that Lincoln would be the best choice, a place where I could get a new start. Since then, I have grown into what I believe is my best self, and I truly think that Lincoln has helped a lot due to its diversity, schooling systems, friends, and teachers.
I like how Lincoln is socially active around the Southside. Lincoln shows us how to be respectful towards elderly people and our fellow classmates. Lincoln has so much diversity that it's amazing, you learn about other people's cultures and religions. Lincoln provides a variety of sports and activities there is something there for everyone.