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.
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
- School Hours: 7:20 am - 2:20 pm
- Before Care Hours Start: Information not shared with SMKCS
- After Care Hours End: Information not shared with SMKCS
- Year Established: 1865
- Total Enrollment: 860
- Specialized Focus: IB, College Prep
- Affiliation: KCPS-Neighborhood
- Tuition: NO Tuition
Receive Special Ed Services
English Language Learners
Programs and Features
- Drama + Theater
- Basketball (Boys)
- Basketball (Girls)
- Cross Country (Boys)
- Cross Country (Girls)
- Soccer (Boys)
- Soccer (Girls)
- Swimming (Boys)
- Swimming (Girls)
- Track and Field (Boys)
- Track and Field (Girls)
- Volleyball (Girls)
- Wrestling (Boys)
Clubs + Activities
- National Honor Society
- Spirit Squad
- Student Government
Although many schools have application deadlines, most continue to accept applications for available seats on an ongoing basis.
- Application Open: December 5, 2019
- Application Close: February 14, 2020
- Offer Date: March 2, 2020
- Residence: Students must live within the KCPS boundaries.
How to Apply
Submit applications online here or in person at the Board of Education building, 2901 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64109. Applications CANNOT be submitted at the school.
Seats are filled on a first come, first served basis.
Applicants must score at or above the 60th percentile on a national standardized reading and math test to be eligible for entrance. Students must also have a record of good citizenship and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Applicants who have not taken a nationally normed test, should contact the school district to ask about signing up for a test.
Standardized Test Results
Why It Matters
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
Why It Matters
Schools strive for students to have at least 90% of their students have 90% attendance 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 Retention Rate
Why It Matters
The dropout rate helps tell the story of the graduation rate because it takes into account students who take more than four years to graduate or who transferred to other schools.
In 2019, the average dropout rate in Missouri was 1.9%, source.
Why It Matters
The number of students who started at a school in 9th grade and graduate from that particular school four years later.
In 2019, the average graduation rate in Missouri was 89.64%, source.
ACT Average Score
ACT Participation Rate
Why It Matters
The ACT is a standardized test that many students take before applying to college. This is the percentage of graduates who took the ACT and their average score. Students need a score of at least 18 in order to qualify for Missouri A+ Scholarships. Research shows that students who earn a 21 or higher have the best chance of earning grades C or higher in college.
In 2019, Missouri’s average ACT score was 20.6 and the percent of graduates who took the ACT was 76.69%, source
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.