FAST (formerly AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination))
AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness system for elementary through post secondary that is designed to increase school wide learning and performance. The AVID College Readiness System (ACRS) accelerates student learning, uses research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional development, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change.
Beginning with one high school and 32 students, AVID now serves over 425,000 students in more than 4,800 elementary and secondary schools in 48 states, the District of Columbia and across 16 countries/territories. The AVID College Readiness System spans elementary through post secondary.
The AVID program began during the 2012-2013 school year with 50 students in the 9th grade. Since that time we have expanded to 150 students in grades 9-10. We will continue to add one grade level per year. If you are interested in the AVID program, please contact the AVID coordinator, Jeanne Pitts at
Stay tuned for updates on this exciting program that is not offered anywhere else in Central Iowa.

About Lincoln
Lincoln High School serves the southside of Des Moines. With two campuses, Lincoln Main and the RAILS Academy, Lincoln is one of the largest high schools in Iowa. Home of the Railsplitters, Lincoln has rich academic and athletic traditions.

Advanced Placement Courses

Lincoln High School offers a number of Advanced Placement courses. AP exam registration occurs during the months of February and March. Click HERE to learn why you should take an AP exam.

Counseling Corner

“ASCA” Your Counselors!

Who We Are and What We Do:

What is ASCA? It is the American School Counselor Association to which all the counselors belong. This Association provides a framework of Accountability, Delivery, Foundation and Management of professional counseling programs in the schools K-12. The fundamental areas of focus for the school counselor are: Academic, Career and Personal/Social.

DMACC ALEKS Math Assessment Information

Lincoln Library
Information about the resources available to students in the Lincoln Library, both at Lincoln Main and at the Lincoln RAILS Academy.

Scheduling and Course Selection
This folder contains information about scheduling, including the current course catalog, course descriptions and prerequisites, scheduling forms, and more.

Support Programs
Lincoln offers numerous support programs for our students designed to help students perform better both in the classroom and outside of it. With some options focused solely on improving academic success and others aimed at helping students prepare for life after high school, there’s a program for everyone.


Back to Homepage