Lincoln High School

3201 Ryan Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19136
(215) 335-5653

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK, 9-12 1858 students 17 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
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About this school

Lincoln High School is a public high school in Philadelphia. The principal of Lincoln High School is Dr Donald Donley. 1,858 children attend Lincoln High School and identify mostly as Asian/Pacific Islander; Asian; and Black, non-Hispanic. 48% of the 1,858 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Lincoln High School is 17:1. St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Languages Taught

  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 7%
Asian 5% %
Black, non-Hispanic 38% 56%
White, non-Hispanic 34% 14%
Hispanic 20% 19%
Multiracial 2% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 48% 75%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Newly built school with improved safety procedures makes for a more studious atmosphere in a well manicured Green neighborhood friendly caring staff and students

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter is a senior this year and has been in the health technologies major since 10th grade as she plans on becoming a RN. That program has been very helpful to my daughter she comes home and tells me everything she is learning the bones in the body how to take vital signs they even have had trips to different hospitals in the Philadelphia area who are partnered in the health technologies program. My daughter has never complained about anything negative and they even helped her with college recommendation letters. The principle also updates parents via recorded message on telephone about anything going on at the school. My daughter will graduate this year an honor student with a scholarship for college Thank you Lincoln!

  • (2 years ago)

    Horrible school students walking the halls cursing in general and at staff including the school police there's no respect at all my kids just started because we moved in the area but I will be taking them out and they have only been there one day. While sitting in the office waiting for them to start a student asked one of the staff if they wanted to see his privite part WOW and they just let him keep walking away smh

  • (2 years ago)

    Horrible school has no discipline whatsoever. Students act like hoodlums both in school and in the community

  • (2 years ago)

    I attended Lincoln High School just over ten years ago and after reading the reviews I suspect things have not changed much. Philadelphia public schools are certainly not the best in the country but I think this has everything to do with parents not the teachers or the schools. A somewhat constant theme among these reviews is that school is what you make of it I think this is absolutely the case in the Philadelphia school system. Education starts at home well before high school relying on teachers to discipline educated and foster your child's growth is an exercise in futility. I have been to public schools in Virginia Texas Montana and North Carolina and they all seem to be better than the schools in Philly. The teaches are all the same and come from the same universities as the teachers in Philadelphia so why the difference? The difference is that parents who do not rely on the schools to raise their children get more out of the system than those who think otherwise. Just read the reviews by the parents on here half of them can't even spell!

  • (2 years ago)

    My stepson attends Lincoln and it is one of the worst in the city. Some kids (such as my stepson) cut classes on a regular basis skip entire days act up in class don't do their assignments and the school does NOTHING unless the parent raises h$&* up there and THEN they may actually dole out a mediocre consequence. Their main excuse is that the school is "just too big." It's more like the people in charge simply do not care. It's a shame because it was remodeled and looks nice but the "powers that be" should be replaced with people who truly care and have excellent organizational skills. Kids love it though b/c they can do whatever they want and not get penalized for their actions. Parents (the ones who care anyway) do not love it so much. DO NOT send your child here if you can help it.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a ninth grader at Abraham Lincoln High School and I think it's pretty great. I established my first club here too! The only problem is that I have honors classes but they're the same thing as middle school classes. If they bring in better teachers this school will be the best in the community!

  • (5 years ago)

    Lincoln High School needs more administrative leadership. It's seems many times when I am at the school for or with my child that one of the vice principals are more in control than the principal. My son's counselor miss bryd is good. Some of his teachers don't even issue homework. Some guy that also helps kids out. He is always running around but i don' t know his job thumbs up Mr. Kade.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is awful. The teachers do nothing but either sit in the class doing there own thing or spend the whole time trying to get the class settled down. There is no control over the students. No respect on either side. I learned nothing in my 4 years at this school. It also seems to be getting more violent over the years.

  • (6 years ago)

    i love the new school its great

  • (7 years ago)

    I gave five stars to the new principal now I can be proud to go to lincoln feel safer I can work much better last year was very scary guys sexualy trying to assault me they ran the hallway it was scary I wish this happen sooner a new prinipal maybe alot of my friends would still be at lincoln instead of leaving scare

  • (7 years ago)

    it's been about a month theres been a big differnts this year compared to last year I haven't heard anything very bad yet I hope I dont.all it took was to have new principal now work on some of the teachers and the school will be good again

  • (7 years ago)

    with a new principal this year i hope to put more stars last year for my daughter it was rough one it seen to many kids were getting away with alot wrongs things causing children to be afraid not learning good.scare to come to daughter said the new principal already the first two days is cracking down i said please keep it up for the sake of the children

  • (7 years ago)

    i have a daughter that is in lincoln high school. my daughter is doing great. shes involved in the music program and sports. i believe school is what you make of it.

  • (7 years ago)

    I rate this school a 1 star because of it lack of support that is given to students and families in need of csap interventions. This schools first response struggling teens is to suspend arrest or send them to alternative schools. They seldom use positive strategies to help redirect students exhibiting negative behaviors.

  • (7 years ago)

    I love the school my child come home every day showing me that she leared somthing

  • (7 years ago)

    Lincoln has its bad points but like many other school in Philadelphia it could be better. Although Philadelphia is now building a new building for Lincoln and is supposedly only letting local kids go there. Sounds like a good plan and this should make the school nicer.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have read all the reviews that parents and students have been posting and most of the reviews only highlight the bad and negative stuff. I'm currently a junior at Lincoln and it is not so bad as people make it out to be. Most parents say that their children aren't learning anything but did you know that Lincoln does offer Honors and AP courses in many different subjects? Maybe its your child that doesn't want to learn or else they would be part of these classes. One thing I do agree with is that Lincoln's hallways are dirty and flooded with trash not because the janitors don't do their jobs but because kids are careless and do not care about their school. Maybe the parents are to be questioned about what goes on at home. Overall to me Lincoln is great school and I wouldn't want to go anywhere else.

  • (8 years ago)

    I went Lincoln and graduated in 2004. Many people but a bad name on this school but that doesn't help. I actually enjoyed my time there. Some teachers were very helpful and there are a lot of good programs there. Big hand clap to the Music Program and Deaf Program.

  • (8 years ago)

    Lincoln high school is a joke!There are students constantly hall walking and the teachers just kick students out of class.The deans don't take action they just suspend the children I think if your child cuts class you should be notified.Why suspend the teens that's what they prefer to be out of school!I think Lincoln needs to have more discipline and it's not just Lincoln it it all Philadelphia Public high schools thank you for reading this and please take in to consideration that yes there are some good students but as in teamwork we are only as good as the worst students.

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