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Information for Prospective Students

Lincoln High School Virtual Open House

Due to Covid restrictions and protocols we are unable to hold an in-person open house or offer school tours for prospective students for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year. Therefore we present you with a Virtual Open House introduction to Lincoln High School.


Lincoln High School initially opened in the fall of 1907 with 900 students. Over time, Lincoln grew, with multiple additions, before finally becoming a 4-year high school in 1971. In 1981, Lincoln was closed and since then the building was used for a variety of purposes including as an interim location for different Seattle schools during their renovations.

In February, 2013 Seattle voters approved a Building Excellence initiative which set in motion the modernization of the existing brick building allowing Lincoln High School to reopen in 2019!  This fall Lincoln will be at full capacity with grades, 9-12 with a supportive and involved staff, PTSA, community and an active alumni group who are all excited to continue the Lincoln Lynx traditions as well as begin new ones. Visit the About page on this website to learn more information.

Learn with Passion. Act with Courage. Improve the World.

Student Assignment Fall 2022

Open Enrollment for School Choice for the 2022-23 school year is February 1 – 28, 2022 for students currently enrolled in Seattle Public Schools. View up-to-date information regarding school choice.

Open Enrollment is the annual period where students may first apply to attend a different school or program next year. The school choice period continues until May 31, but on-time applications are those received during Open Enrollment (Feb. 1-28) and will be processed with applicable tiebreakers. Choice applications are accepted through May 31 but are not eligible for priority tiebreakers. Open Enrollment results are typically available online in April.

Choice forms received after February 28, 2021 will not be eligible for tiebreaker consideration but will be placed in the order received and by lottery number.

Key Enrollment Dates:

  • Online Enrollment for new students for 2022-23 school year begins: January 3, 2022
  • Open Enrollment for School Choice: February 1 – 28, 2022
  • Open Enrollment results available online in April
  • School Choice Window Closes: May 31, 2022

Who needs to complete a School Choice form during Open Enrollment?:

  • All current SPS students residing in the Lincoln attendance area will automatically be assigned to Lincoln.  You DO NOT need to complete a choice form unless you are hoping to attend another area high school other than Lincoln. 
  • Current HC eligible 8th grade students who live in the Ballard, Ingraham, Lincoln, Nathan Hale, and Roosevelt attendance areas will automatically be assigned to Lincoln for HC. You DO NOT need to complete a choice form unless you are attending a non-HCC middle school currently and wish to attend Lincoln HCC in 2022-23, or would like to attend your attendance area school.
  • Dual Language Immersion students living outside the Lincoln attendance area boundary desiring to continue to Lincoln, must file a choice form during Open Enrollment.  Mark the application “Dual Language Immersion”.
  • Current HC eligible or Dual-Language Immersion 9-11 grade students will have to actively choose Lincoln during Open Enrollment by completing a choice form.

Lincoln House System

At Lincoln the social/emotional welfare of our students is important to us as part of the learning environment.  Students at Lincoln HS are placed into individual mentorship (advisory) classes when they arrive as new students. Each mentorship is assigned to one of four different houses, which will ensure that incoming freshmen and new transfer students have a group they can be immediately connected with. This will also create a system wherein older students will feel connected to and responsible for younger students, as spirit competitions and assemblies are structured around house vs house competition rather than class vs class. Students will stay with their house for all four years of high school.

Mentorship classes occur twice per week where students build community, receive lessons on social-emotional learning, get support with college/career planning, and receive academic supports.

At Lincoln we encourage ALL students to participate in high school life beyond the classroom through a club, a sport or extra-curricular activities.  We want students to know that there is a place for them at Lincoln—that they are seen and heard.

The four houses at at Lincoln:

  • Alki – Triangle
  • Madrona – Square
  • Mohai – Oval
  • Pike – Circle

Lynx Crew

Lynx Crew is a high school transition program built on the belief that students can help students succeed in high school by training upper classman to be Lynx Leaders.  Lynx Crew is our peer orientation program for 9th graders.

We know that transitioning to high school life is exciting, stressful, and maybe even scary–all at the same time! Our Lynx Crew is here to support you on your way starting with Orientation at the start of school and providing team-building, information, support and guidance throughout the school year.

To learn more about student life at Lincoln from Athletics to Clubs to Spirit Gear and more, please visit the webpages under Student Life on this website.

Athletics and Activities

 Lincoln High School encourages all students to explore and participate in our athletic program. Lincoln embraces the student-athlete approach to our program and works closely with our coaches and students in support of their success both on and off the field.  Registration for all sports is done electronically and will take place in May TBD. Lincoln will be switching to FinalForms which is the platform used by all SPS schools for athletics registration. To learn more about Athletics at Lincoln visit Athletics under Student Life on this website.

Student clubs at Lincoln High School are an important part of the high school experience, and are intended to provide all students with a place to create connections and explore different facets of their identity and interests. We are committed to ensuring an inclusive and equitable platform for all students entering Lincoln. Visit the Student Life>Clubs page to see a list of the clubs currently offered at Lincoln.

Core Academic Building Blocks

How DO we “learn with passion, act with courage and improve the world”? At Lincoln we prioritize student voice and choice and deeper, applied learning.  As a result, all students are involved in:

  • PBL – (Project Based Learning) – A method to gain knowledge by authentically engaging in complex real world questions, challenges and problems.
  • SDG – (Sustainable Development Goals) – Our projects are focused on incorporating the Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations.
  • SLC – (Student Led Conferences) – An annual, student facilitated opportunity  to bring together home life and school life, share portfolios of work and reflections on learning.
  • Student Exhibitions – Twice yearly presentations of learning where students share the process and product of their learning to an audience beyond the classroom.

Academic and Social Emotional Support

Academic Support Center & BASH (Before & After School Help)

Lincoln offers academic support to students in a variety of ways from the Academic Support Center open during school hours to BASH. During BASH students can drop-in to complete homework, join study groups, collaborate with classmates, get help from tutors and staff, or meet with Lincoln’s Academic Dean, Ms. Pentecost. For more information about academic supports visit Tutoring under Resources on this website.

Teen Health Center

The Teen Health Center is located at Lincoln High School and is operated by Neighborcare Health, a community health center with funding support from the City of Seattle’s Families and Education Levy. The Teen Health Center is staffed full time by a Physician Assistant, Mental Health Therapists, and a Health Educator, providing all the services (and more) that your family doctor provides in a teen-friendly setting. For more information about the Teen Health center visit Teen Health Center under Resources on this website.

Counseling Center

The counselors at Lincoln High School work with individual students and with groups to help them develop strategies for success in academics, and in considering their post-high school plans and future careers. Counselors challenge students to become aware of their individual strengths, to develop methods for dealing with difficulties, to set goals, to make choices and to consider consequences. For more information about the Lincoln Counseling Center visit Counseling under Resources on this website.

If after previewing this webpage, viewing our informative videos, exploring other areas of the Lincoln website and consulting the SPS website you still have questions about Lincoln please use this Questions for Lincoln form to submit your questions. A staff member from Lincoln will respond as soon as time allows OR the information will be added to the website.

Please use this form for questions rather than emailing a specific counselor. Our counselors are extremely busy working with our current students and do not have time for questions specific to individual students contemplating attending Lincoln. If you do have a student specific question not answered in any of the website content, please use the form.

Course Registration

Registration for courses at Lincoln for current 8th grade Seattle Public School students will be done online through The Source. Students new to Seattle Public Schools, current SPS 9th, 10th and 11th grade students and any student enrolled after 4/25 will register for classes using a Microsoft Forms link (posted soon). 

All SPS high schools should receive student assignment information just before Spring Break in April.  Lincoln will send course registration information to our newly assigned Lynx student’s over spring break via email (SchoolMessenger email from and a phone call). Online course registration will open for The Source April 18 and will close April 25. The link for the Microsoft Forms registration will be included in the email and posted here.

Course registration information with step-by-step instructions will be posted on our website at that time. 

Check out our 2022-2023 Course Catalog to see a full listing of prospective courses for the upcoming school. Visit the Course Catalog under Academics on this website. Other information that can be found in the course catalog includes:

  • Courses by Department
  • Grading
  • Graduation Requirements
  • College Credit Options
  • Running Start

We often get questions about course acceleration with out of district courses or online courses. Please direct any questions you have in this regard to so that district staff can provide you with the most current guidance BEFORE you sign up for anything.

A couple of basics:

  1. Online vendors that provide courses are not always schools and do not provide transcripts, purchasing a course online is not home-based instruction. Go to OSPI’s Home Based Instruction page for requirements and information about home schooling,
  2. The district has an Out of District policy which applies to both Middle and High school, go to the SPS website Seattle Public Schools/Academics/High School, College, Career/Out-of-District Credits and Credit Recovery for details and FAQs.