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Welcome to the Zoo School web site! The Zoo School is a small community of mature learners participating both in a traditional and non-traditional style of learning. A place where students play an active role in defining their learning environment and education. Click here for a brochure about Zoo School.

Thinking of joining Zoo School for the  upcoming school year?  We will start accepting applications for the 2015-2016 academic year September 1, 2014.  Teachers will begin evaluating applications January 15, 2015. Click here to download the application pdf OR online application.  Call for a tour or questions, 402-436-1780.


Students at Zoo School learn both inside and outside of the classroom how to ask and answer significant questions about the world and themselves, while creating a firm knowledge and skill foundation from which to pursue future educational experiences. Students who are motivated, adventurous, and looking for a creative approach to learning are invited to join the Science Focus Program. They will discover strengths, interests, ideas, and skills that will prepare them for a future filled with choices and opportunities.

LPS Focus Programs

Dr. Patrick Hunter-Pirtle, Administrator

In 1996, the Lincoln Community and the Lincoln Public Schools took on the challenge of doing high school differently.  Of developing a high school experience that was built on the shared interests of staff and students, an experience that was embedded in the community, and an experience that went beyond the four walls of the classroom and the boundaries of the school campus.  In response to that challenge, the Lincoln community and the Lincoln Public Schools envisioned, developed and nurtures four focus programs: the Science (1997), Art and Humanities (1998), Information Technology (2001) and Entrepreneurship Focus Programs (2005).

In addition to the approved district curriculum and assessments that are part of each class in the focus program, all four focus programs include these elements as part of their work:

  • Real-world Associations
  • Interdisciplinary Curriculum
  • Integration of Graduation Requirements and Focus Learnings
  • Focused Setting
  • Learning Based on Student Interest
  • Program of Student and Parent Choice
  • Community Based-Connections
  • Technology Infusion
  • Smaller Than LPS High Schools

The programs are extensions of student learning in their LPS high school.  Students who attend the focus programs remain students of the home schools during their enrollment in the focus programs.  They are eligible to participate in their high school’s activities, athletics, and social events as well as those of the focus program. Neither fees nor tuition are charged for focus program participation.

We are pleased to offer these outstanding programs for students.  For more information, please contact program staff at 402 436-1780.

Dr. Patrick Hunter-Pirtle
Focus Program Administrator