A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Lincoln High School is a highly rated, public school located in Sioux Falls, SD. It has 1,955 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 47% of students are at least proficient in math and 64% in reading.
Address
2900 S Cliff Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Telephone
(605) 367-7990

Lincoln High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
64%
Percent Proficient - Math
47%
Average Graduation Rate
76%
Average SAT
1330
39 responses
Average ACT
27
234 responses
AP Enrollment
23%
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Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Cost of Living
    A-
  4. Good for Families
    A
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$54,110
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$749
National
$949
Median Home Value
$161,500
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
94%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.18 responses
Poll
94%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.18 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 47 responses
Report
  • Homecoming week
    23%
  • Football Games
    17%
  • Prom
    11%
  • Plays/Musicals
    11%
  • Chicken dinner
    9%
  • Spinsters
    9%
  • Pep rallies
    6%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,955
Free or Reduced Lunch
37%
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.21 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.21 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.21 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$44,497
Teachers in First/Second Year
8%
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.26 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.26 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.26 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$10,057/ year
National
$12,239
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.29 responses
41%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.29 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.29 responses
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Lincoln is one of the top schools in the entire state, with a high (and getting higher) graduation rate, wonderful ACT/SAT scores, and great accreditation. Students getting accepted into schools like Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Princeton is incredibly common because those universities know that Lincoln students are intelligent and hardworking. Our teachers spend their entire days working with students until they understand the content, and we have 20 AP classes available to any grade. Any student is able to excel in the nationally recognized Lincoln programs such as the arts, sciences, and athletics. Our Patriot Pride is a force to be reckoned with.
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My experience at Lincoln High has been overwhelmingly positive. The atmosphere is friendly, the administration and counselors are helpful, and the general vibe is pretty good. The academics, music programs, and (nearly all) sports are the best in the state, and the social culture is fantastic in many of these areas as well. I feel that the school is also becoming more and more inclusive for all types of students in the sense that almost everyone can find their niche or pursue their interests in some way, whether its in classes, clubs, or extracurriculars. Most instructors do a great job, especially in accelerated/AP classes, although there are some poor teachers as well. Like any high school Lincoln has its ups and downs, but from my experience the ups definitely beat the downs.
Lincoln High School is a great place to go for those interested in athletics, theatre, music, business clubs, debate, anything. They are very open to new clubs being formed, and the environment is considerably inclusive considering the state and city. That being said, it is a relatively homogeneous student population. The classes, especially upper level, prepare students well for college coursework, and the teachers and administrators seem to genuinely care about student's success, in college, tech school, or career. The building is old and Frankenstein-like, and there are some bad eggs, but that is to be expected.