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Special Programs


Prepares students with academic potential, for success in advanced high school classes and in college. Offers elective classes that emphasize reading, writing, note-taking, organization, collaboration, and inquiry-based learning. Students focus on researching careers, community service, and learning interpersonal skills to become more rounded.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

Prepares students for a global society by developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better, more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end, the IB organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment to prepare students aged 16 to 19 for success at university and life beyond.

Gifted Student

Provides academically gifted students with an opportunity to develop individual educational plans in academic areas, and/or in areas of high interest.

School-Community Intervention Program

A broadly-based school and community program to educate students and parents about drug use and abuse. The program involves identification, intervention, treatment and reintegration strategies.

Student-Parent Program

A school-community program for pregnant students and young parents having three components: health, guidance and education focusing on knowledge and skills related to self-empowerment, pregnancy, parenting, healthy lifestyles and economic independence.

Interscholastic Athletic Programs

(F=fall, W=winter, S=spring, B=boys, G=girls)– Cross Country F/B&G, Football F/B, Tennis F/B & S/G, Golf F/G & S/B, Volleyball F/G, Softball F/G, Basketball W/B&G, Swimming W/B&G, Wrestling W/B, Baseball S/B, Track S/B&G, Soccer S/B&G.


City of Lincoln

Population: approximately 300,000; Home of University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Wesleyan, Union College, Southeast Community College and several private vocational-technical schools. Major employment includes government, banking, insurance, education, light industry. The city is considered very livable with an abundance of parks, bike trails and entertainment/recreational venues.

The District

The Lincoln Public School District includes 40 elementary schools, 12 middle schools, 8 high schools, one alternative school, a Career Academy School and three specialty focus high school programs. The district serves over 41,000 students, employs approximately 3,600 teachers and has a total of over 6,130 employees.

Lincoln High School

  • Serves over 2,100 students with a faculty of more than 179 and support staff of 82, grades 9-12.
  • Approximately 16% of the population qualifies for Special Education Services; 70% qualify for the Free and Reduced lunch program and 15% qualify for ELL services.
  • LHS’s school colors are Red and Black and the school mascot is the Links.


North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, Nebraska State Department of Education.

Students: Enrollment (8/21/23)

Class of 2027540
Class of 2026525
Class of 2025500
Class of 2024580

Students: Ethnic/Racial Background

American Indian or Alaska Native1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander1%
African American13%
Two or more10%

Determination of Class Rank

The Lincoln Public Schools Board of Education ended the policy of class rank beginning with the class of 2021. Instead, high-achieving graduating seniors will be recognized under a system of distinction, great distinction, and highest distinction. Students with a cumulative weighted GPA of 3.75 to 3.99 will graduate with distinction; those with GPAs between 4.0 and 4.249 with great distinction; and those at 4.25 and above with highest distinction. Honors will be determined following the second to last quarter of high school, and the student is required to graduate by the end of the year.

Lincoln Public Schools District Wide Grading Scale

LHS% Equiv.4.0 Scale all classes Equiv.
FBelow 600.0

Weighted Grades for Designated Classes

LHSReg.Weighted Credit

S=Satisfactory (credit earned); U=Unsatisfactory (Credit withheld). Grades of S and U are not included in GPA calculations. INC=Incomplete

IB and AP Exams

In May 2023, 300 Lincoln High students took either an AP or an IB exam.

IB Students

78 total students, of which 45 sought the full Diploma. Of IB Diploma students, 93% earned the diploma with an average exam score of 4.92.

AP Exam Students

222 total students. Of the 222 AP exams administered, 68% of exams earned an exam grade of 3 or better.

Graduation Requirements

Students are required to complete 245 credit hours. Lincoln High School is organized into a semester system including specific quarter classes with eight, fifty-minute periods per day. Students may earn 2.5 credits for successfully completing a quarter class and 5 credits for a semester class. Double period classes and compacted classes can earn 10 credits per semester.

Required AreaCredits Required
CTE/Fine Arts20 total, including 5 each from Fine Arts and CTE
Career Planning/Personal Finance5 Credits
Economics5 Credits
English, including Oral Communication40 Credits
Human Behavior5 Credits
Mathematics30 Credits
Physical Education10 Credits
Health2.5 Credits
Science30 Credits
Social Studies30 Credits
Technology5 Credits
Electives62.5 Credits

Post Secondary Plans: Class of 2021

(4 year/Community/Military are all based on the graduates who responded to our survey)

Number of Graduates456
Four-Year Colleges/Universities51%
Community Colleges, Vocational or Technical Institutes, etc.26%
Military Service3%