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  1. Academics
    C
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    C-
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Lincoln High School is a public school located in Des Moines, IA. It has 2,409 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 59% of students are at least proficient in math and 60% in reading.

Lincoln High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
60%
Percent Proficient - Math
59%
Average Graduation Rate
88%
Average SAT
1030
15 responses
Average ACT
22
219 responses
AP Enrollment
23%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$54,350
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$869
National
$949
Median Home Value
$121,903
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
72%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.29 responses
Poll
62%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.29 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 108 responses
  • After-Prom
    17%
  • Homecoming!
    16%
  • Showing up in specific attire to each sport game
    16%
  • Prom
    15%
  • Teacher vs students
    13%
  • Marching Band
    6%
  • Senior art show
    6%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,409
Free or Reduced Lunch
75%
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.33 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.33 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.33 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$63,070
Teachers in First/Second Year
16.3%
54%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.50 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.50 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.50 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
$13,991/ year
National
$12,239
74%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.54 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.54 responses
48%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.54 responses
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Overall, this was not a great High School by any means, but a lot of that is not the schools fault, but the fault of the district. Des Moines public schools is a very poor district and as such there's not a lot of money that can be spent on kids wanting to excel. Which makes sense when your main concern is keeping students fed. I really wish all schools within the Des Moines Public district would be treated as separate entities and not all the same school. It would really help some of the problems the district is facing. Luckily, passionate teachers really helped me have an overall ok high school experience! Despite not having a ton of money, our band is honestly great! I hope covid doesn't destroy the younger year's passion for music and marching band!The art teachers are also great! They've really helped encourage me to continue striving for better art, which means a lot to someone planning to go to school for design!
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I play softball and volleyball at Lincoln. It is a great place for an athlete to become the best in the school, but it is hard for that athlete to be the best in the state. Lincoln is host to many low income families that cannot invest as much in student activities as families of large suburban schools. Lincoln is an underdog school, but what it lacks in talent it more than makes up for in spirit. Lincoln has shown large improvement in the short time I have attended and each school year promises more development. The teachers at Lincoln vary from poor and inexperienced to excellent. Academically, Lincoln sets students up for success by sending academically high achieving students to its sister school, Central Academy where the students can study alongside the best of the other 4 Des Moines district students.
I appreciate how diverse the school was, as it gave me the chance to interact with many different cultures and opinions. However, I believe the programs and curriculum would greatly improve if more funding was provided. As I graduated, the district was cutting teachers and had sold their freshman-only building. I firmly believe that this was a big mistake as a quality education is one of the most important things to have for the youth. Youth are the future, and it is important to invest in the future. I believe that increasing their funding would increases the quality of the curriculum, and would increase the academics of every student.