Lincoln College Preparatory Academy

KCPS-Signature • 9 -12

Our Mission

Lincoln College Preparatory Academy will provide a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum to a select multi-cultural, multi-ethnic student body utilizing a highly motivated and skilled staff committed to superior education by relying on parental and community support.

Tuition: NO Tuition
Transportation provided
Before and After-Care Available

Points of Pride

Celebrating 150 years in 2015!
National Blue Ribbon School for 2014 and 2008
#1 Ranking in State of MO for US News Best Public High Schools in 2015

Lincoln College Preparatory Academy

2111 Woodland Ave
Kansas City, MO 64108
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School Details

Year Established: 1865
Total Enrollment: 897
School Type: KCPS-Signature
School Hours: 7:20 am - 2:20 pm


Tuition: NO Tuition


Feeder Schools

Lincoln Middle School

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English Language Learners

Specialized Programs

  • Advanced Placement
  • College Prep
  • IB

Arts Programs

  • Band
  • Choir
  • Drama + Theater
  • Instrumental Music
  • Jazz
  • Orchestra
  • Poetry
  • Visual Arts
  • Vocal Music

Sports Programs

  • Baseball
  • Basketball (Boys)
  • Basketball (Girls)
  • Cheerleading (Girls)
  • Cross Country (Boys)
  • Cross Country (Girls)
  • Football
  • Soccer (Boys)
  • Soccer (Girls)
  • Swimming (Boys)
  • Swimming (Girls)
  • Track and Field (Boys)
  • Track and Field (Girls)
  • Volleyball (Girls)
  • Wrestling (Boys)

Clubs & Activities

  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics
  • Student Government

Social Services

  • School Breakfast
  • School Counselor
  • School Lunch
  • School Nurse

Family Engagement

  • Parent Communication App
  • Parent-Teacher Association
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences

Application Details

Although many schools have application deadlines, most continue to accept applications for available seats on an ongoing basis.

Application Open: November 11, 2023
Application Close: February 16, 2024
Residence: Students must live within the KCPS boundaries.

How to Apply

Enroll online on the KCPS website

Submit applications online or in person at the Board of Education building, 2901 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64109. Applications CANNOT be submitted at schools.

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Enrollment Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Birth Certificate
  • Current Immunization Record or Religious Exemption Statement
  • Most recent report card/transcript (not required for kindergarten applicants)

Public schools also require:

  • Proof of Address (also called “Proof of Residency”)
  • Parent or guardian photo ID

Standardized Test Results


* Indicates data has been suppressed due to a small student sample.


* Indicates data has been suppressed due to a small student sample.

Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests are scored (or graded) according to four achievement levels: Below Basic, Basic, Proficient, and Advanced. The number shown here is the percentage of students who scored Proficient or Advanced. When comparing scores between years, please remember that the test Missouri gives has changed several times.

Please note that private schools are not required to participate in these exams.

In 2019, the average English score in Missouri was 48.7%; the average Math score was 41.9%, source

Attendance Rate 90/90


Schools strive to have at least 90% of their students achieve a 90% attendance rate because kids learn best when they’re in school.

In 2019, 87.3% of Missouri students were in attendance at least 90% of the time, source.

Student Outcomes

Elizabeth R., Parent

I have an 11th grader at Lincoln Prep and an older daughter who graduated in 2014. Both started in middle school. We chose Lincoln for its stellar academic reputation. We were not familiar with the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) when we started, but have been very impressed by the critical thinking and academic rigor it offers. My older daughter felt extremely well prepared for her freshman year of college.

We value the social and economic diversity of the student body as much as the academic program. No other school in Kansas City offers a student body with the range of backgrounds that Lincoln does. It has given my children an innate level of comfort with people who on the surface appear to be very different.

Over the past decade, Lincoln has gone through a generational transition. Many veteran teachers have retired, and new teachers have come on board. The current roster of teachers is engaged, accessible, and excited to be at Lincoln. They appreciate the caliber of the student body and the academic depth of the curriculum. We are also very pleased with the leadership offered by the current team of administrators.

Lincoln offers a range of athletic teams for boys and girls as well as academic extracurricular activities, such as debate and robotics. Other activities include JRTOC, drama, National Honor Society, Key Club, student council, film club, etc.

Lincoln High School is a historic building that feels like a school. All classrooms have been wired for digital technology and outfitted with smartboards. A new cafeteria is under construction. While there is room for improvements, my priority is the quality of the teachers rather than the appearance of the building.

Enrollment has grown over the past few years, and many classes now have 25-30 students. This is not ideal. I would like to see the old middle school reopened and the Lincoln campus reestablished. School Advisory Committee (SAC) is primary vehicle for parent involvement. SAC holds monthly meetings on a variety of topics of interest to parents and engages parents to support school activities.