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LPS graduation rate highest since 1987

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By: Sabrina Ahmed

Graduation rate in Lincoln is the highest it's been in 25 years.  LPS said they graduated almost 85 percent of their students last year.

The principal at Lincoln High School said this is great news—but there is still a lot of work to be done.

"But it also makes you realize that there's still other students out there that we're still not—we haven't found the exact clue that it takes to help them be successful," Dr. Mike Wortman said.

Dr. Wortman said this is a big step in the right direction.  The key to what they've done so far is getting to the students as early as possible and being sure they have the right tools from day one.

"I think probably one of the things is start off well the freshman year—to have a good freshman year, to have a good first semester," Dr. Wortman said.

The Lincoln High Schools haven't done it alone—three of the schools in town reached out to community programs with help from the high school graduation initiative.

One program, The Hub, has a full–time employee Lincoln High.  The Hub's Executive Director, Nola Derby-Bennett, said community involvement is key to student success.

"It's really important to look at the school as an extension of our community.  So by bringing community support organizations into the school, it just really integrates what happens outside school walls with that happens inside school walls," Derby-Bennett said.

LPS says the dropout rate for all high school students last year, that's 9th through 12th graders, was nearly 3 percent.

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