Education in Lincoln
Cities our size typically have more than one school district. Lincoln is unique.
Lincoln also has exceptional public schools. But our work, when it comes to education, is never done. We should always be striving for more for all of Lincoln’s kids.
To understand why the Foundation exists it is helpful to know the sheer size of Lincoln Public Schools and some of the metrics schools use to evaluate our strength and effectiveness.
In 2020 the Lincoln Public Schools graduation rate was 80.9% with a total of 2,575 individuals graduating from the six area high schools.
At LPS 46.8% of students participate in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program (Meeting 130% or 185% of Federal Poverty Guidelines) in the 2020-21 school year.
In the 2020-21 school year, 5,235 students from k-12 participated in differentiated curricula developed to suit the learning needs of gifted and talented young people.
In 2019-20, LPS ranked 213th out of 244 school districts in Nebraska in per pupil spending - $12,889 per pupil compared to the state average of $13,558.
In the 2020-21 school year, 15.6% of the student population participated in the special education program to improve educational outcomes for all children with disabilities.
Students enrolled in the 2020-21 identified as 64.3% White, 14.9% Hispanic/Latino, 6.7% Black, 4.7% Asian, 0.6% American Indian, and 8.8% as two or more races.
We Fill in the Gaps
While tax dollars cover the basic costs of our public schools, there still are unmet needs. That’s where we come in. The Foundation raises funds for opportunities above and beyond what is budgeted. We fund a wide range of projects and needs that enrich the learning happening at LPS, everything from funding field trips to helping families in crisis, and so much more.
While this page provides only a small glimpse into the complexity of our school system, we invite you to explore our site to learn more about how we are supporting students, educators and schools at LPS.
Resources for Additional Learning
The AQuESTT system was developed to represent multiple data sources and indicators of student achievement. Every school in the state is different. Having multiple indicators allows schools to strategically focus their attention and resources for improvement.
Additional statistics and data collected by LPS can be found here.