The high school graduation rate in Lincoln High School in Idaho is at an all-time low, with only 11 percent of students graduating in the 2017-18 school year, according to the Idaho Department of Education.
In 2017-2018, students from the public schools in Lincoln’s northwest were also at a near-record low at less than 3 percent of the student body, with just over 7 percent of them graduating in 2019-20.
However, the number of Lincoln’s public school students graduating is on track to reach a new all-year high.
In the 2018-2019 school year—the highest since 2003-2004—the Lincoln High school student body rose by 2,500 students.
And the Lincoln School District, the only school district in Idaho with more than 2,000 students, saw the number increase by 3,200 students in the same time period.
“This is what we see every year in the Lincoln community, the kids graduating from Lincoln High and Lincoln High Schools, the students who want to go to the University of Idaho and graduate from Lincoln,” said school board President Joe Boulware, who was instrumental in bringing the new Lincoln high school enrollment record to fruition.
“The number of students who have graduated has grown.
It is a testament to our commitment to students and our commitment, the school system, to the community, to all of our students, to what we do.
We have seen the positive impact that we have had on the community and the students that are graduating.”
In 2019-2020, Lincoln High will be one of seven public high schools in the state to reach their goal of reaching 100 percent enrollment, the highest mark ever achieved by any public high school.
“As the only public high in Lincoln with a 100 percent graduation rate, it is incredible to see our community take a bold step to achieve our goal,” said board president Joe Boudewijn.
“It is the kind of community that we all want to see grow and prosper.”
This year’s graduating class of students is expected to surpass 100 percent of their classmates from the previous school year.
“I’m excited about the future,” said student Jasmine Dezner.
“When I hear people talk about a graduation rate like this, I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, we did it.'”
Jasmine has been a student at Lincoln High since she was 12 years old.
“At Lincoln High, I was like a freshman at school,” she said.
“Everyone was just getting ready for finals, and I was just excited to be a freshman, because it was always my goal to go back to Lincoln High.”
“It’s a huge honor to be here,” said sophomore Kelsey Henson.
“Lincoln High is one of the best high schools around, and it’s been a big part of my life for a long time.”
Henson graduated with honors from Lincoln in 2019, with a cumulative GPA of 2.78 and a final grade of 82.7 percent.
“Just seeing all of my friends here, I feel like a whole new person,” said freshman Emily Jones.
“Being able to see my friends graduating and all the other friends graduating, it just makes me feel happy and proud.
It makes me proud of my own accomplishments.”
The graduation rate at Lincoln was the lowest since the school’s enrollment was first set in 1973.
The school is not alone.
The Idaho Department for Education also announced in 2017-19 that the state’s graduation rate for public high students dropped to the lowest level recorded since records began in 1882.
In 2018-19, Lincoln had the lowest overall graduation rate of any public school district and the lowest of any district with more then 700 students.
The Lincoln High graduation rate has been climbing steadily since its first year of operation, reaching its highest level of any high school district that year.
In 2019, the Lincoln high student body surpassed 1,000, making it the second-highest total enrollment in Idaho history.
“For the past six years, the district has been working tirelessly to improve our graduation rate,” said Lincoln Superintendent Steve Stover.
“We’ve done everything from hiring more teachers, expanding our student health services, increasing our tutoring and offering more flexible hours and extracurricular opportunities.
Lincoln High has always been a great school, and we are proud to have achieved such a strong graduation rate this year.
Lincoln will be proud of the great job we are doing as we move forward.”
For more information on the new high school in Lincoln or to see how Lincoln can help increase student graduation rates, visit the school website at www.lincolnhigh.com.