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Lincoln Southeast, throughout its proud history, has always been a well-rounded school that excels in many areas:

Southeast was selected as “Best Overall School” – 2013 Lincoln Public Schools Gold Star School Award.


  • 322 Advanced Placement (AP) examinations were administered to Southeast students in 2019 and 78 percent received a score of 3, 4, or 5.
  • 82 Academic National Merit Semi-Finalists over the past 19 years.


  • 129 State Championships — most of any public school in the state of Nebraska.
  • 13 Omaha World Herald All Sports titles.

Student Council

  • Student Council raised $30,000 and donated the money to buy a handicap accessible van for the Clyde Malone Community Center. In 2018, the Student Council collected 10,000 pounds of food and donated it to the Lincoln Food Bank.

“We the People”

  • “We the People” is a competition for students based on their knowledge of the United States Constitution. LSE students have attended the national competition in Washington, D.C. 18 of the last 28 years. As “We the People” state champions for 2016, LSE students competed at the national tournament in Washington, D.C.

National History Day

  • Junior AP United States History students have the opportunity to compete in the National History Day competition. Students conduct research on a topic of their choice and present their findings. Students advance through district and state competitions earning spots in the national competition in Maryland. Lincoln Southeast has had representatives compete at the national level during the last three years.

Kindness week

  • Kindness week is dedicated to acts of kindness, service projects and fundraising. Past activities include creating tie blankets for People’s City Mission, encouraging locker signs, t-shirts, chain of kindness and daily encouraging announcements.

LSE Band Program

  • Numerous major trips to many outstanding destinations including Pan Pacific Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii. Bowl game performances in San Antonio, San Diego, Phoenix, and Miami/Orlando as well as New York and Chicago. Appearances at College World Series & More appearances at the annual NSBA convention than any school in the state.
  • Consistent Division I ratings at NSBA State Marching Band Contest and NSAA District Music Contest for decades & Sweepstakes awards at numerious events including Worlds of Fun Festival of Bands.
  • Award winning colorguard and percussion sections as part of our Marching Band.
  • Nationally recognized Jazz program with many outstanding career musicians/artists.

LSE Vocal Music Program

  • Countesses & Noblemen received 1st Place at the 46th Annual Show Choir Festival in 2017.
  • LSE Varsity Jazz Choir, Ars Nova, and the LSE Percussion Ensemble were selected to perform at the 2018 Nebraska Music Education Conference.
  • Spring 2020 Southeast Choir will travel to New York City to perform at multiple events.

LSE Orchestra Program

  • Consistent Division I Ratings at NSASA District Music Contest and Division I Awards at regional contests.
  • Consistent Student membership in select ensembles such as Lincoln Youth Symphony & NMEA All State Orchestra
  • Several LSE graduates of the orchestra program have continued on to pursue music at the collegiate level

What is a Day at Southeast Like?

Daily Schedule and Options

  • Period 1 7:00 a.m. to 7:50 a.m.
  • Period 2 8:00 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.
  • Period 3 8:55 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
  • Period 4 9:50 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.
  • Period 5 10:45 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.
  • Period 6 11:40 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.
  • Period 7 1:15 p.m. to 2:05 p.m.
  • Period 8 2:10 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Daily Schedule and Options

  • Periods 1 through 7
  • Periods 2 through 8
  • Periods 1 through 8

Typical Freshman Schedule

Semester One

  • PASS
  • English 9 (D)
  • Civics (D)
  • Physical Science (D)
  • Algebra or Geometry
  • World Language (?)
  • Fitness for Life
  • Career & Tech Ed (student choice)

Semester Two

  • PASS
  • English 9 (D)
  • Geography (D)
  • Geoscience (D)
  • Algebra or Geometry
  • World Language (?)
  • Technology (student choice)
  • Fine Art (student choice)

Learn about our Courses

Freshmen students electing to enroll in Art classes at LSE may choose from five major subject areas: Introduction to 2D Art, Introduction to 3D Art, or Level 1 of Drawing, Painting, Jewelry, Photography or Digital Art. Materials and tools are provided to meet the basic requirements.  Students who desire to go beyond the basic requirements may purchase additional materials on their own.  If students successfully complete Level 1 of any of the Art courses, they may sign up for Level 2 of the same class for another semester. Students who earn a C or above in a Level 1 class are eligible to sign up for Level 2.  Sophomore students electing to enroll in art classes at LSE may choose from seven major subject areas.  (All Level 1, 2, or 3 classes in Digital Art, Drawing, Jewelry, Painting, Pottery and Photography, or Intro to 2D or 3D art.)  The levels must be taken in chronological order.  Materials and tools are provided to meet the basic course requirements.  Students who desire to go beyond basic requirements may further personalize their visual art through additional materials purchased and/or brought to the classroom.  Students must successfully complete Level 1 courses to move on to Level 2.  Although there are no prerequisites for Level 1classes, Introduction to 2D Art and 3D Art offer a fundamental background of knowledge, which applies to all other areas of visual arts.  It is recommended that students taking the next level of class earn at least a C or better in the level just completed. LSE offers the following AP Art courses:  AP Studio 2D Design Portfolio, AP Studio Drawing Portfolio and AP Art History (dual credit offered).  These are year-long classes and students must meet with the AP instructor before signing up for the class that starts the following fall semester.  Students considering AP Art classes should have had at least 2 semesters of high school art.

Many exciting choices meet Career and Technical Education requirements. The best introductory business class for 9th or 10th-grade students is World of Business. The best choice for a 9th grade student to meet the technology requirement is Information Technology.

We have many other courses to guide students in exploring economics, finance, marketing and management that will prepare them for adult life, employment, college, or a career in business including Marketing, Business Management, Entrepeneurship, Wealth-Building, Financial Management, Digital Design, Video Production, Accounting, and Business Economics. Our computer courses are listed under Technology Computer Education.

All English students are required to take English 9 and 10 followed by a year of writing instruction in 11th grade. In 12th grade, students will have the opportunity to select from a variety of writing and literature classes to fulfill additional graduation requirements. Students should consider enrolling in an elective speech, debate, drama, or journalism course if involvement in these high school experiences is a part of an overall plan.  Early experience in these electives will provide a foundation for participating on a publications staff or in competitive forensics.

The Social Studies Department provides students with a variety of courses and opportunities to develop their writing and thinking skills. The department also offers a variety of opportunities outside the classroom such as National History Day and We the People Competition. Freshmen meet district requirements by taking one semester of Civics and one semester of Geography; these district requirements can also be met by taking Advanced Placement Human Geography. Students interested in taking AP Human Geography must be able to read at a high level and work at a quick pace. Sophomores meet district requirements by taking one semester of World History. Most sophomores at LSE register for both semesters of World History, which meets the history requirement for UN-L and other universities. Advanced Placement World History is an option open to sophomores through seniors. Students enrolled in AP World History are expected to read a college text, do extensive work outside of class, and keep a rigorous course pace. Juniors meet district requirements by taking a full year of U.S. History. Students interested in taking Advanced Placement U.S. History must be able to read college level texts and work at a fast pace, with an expectation of an average of one hour of homework per night. Seniors meet district requirements by taking one semester of Government and Politics and fulfilling twenty hours of community service, five of which will be completed during the semester they are enrolled in the course, the other fifteen hours may be completed as early as the summer of their junior year.

Students will also need to meet district requirements by taking one semester of a Human Behavior course which can be met in the Social Studies Department by taking either Psychology or Sociology, or these can be elective courses. Psychology offers one semester, two semesters, regular course work or Advanced Placement options. Sociology offers regular coursework or a Differentiated option. Students will also need to meet district requirements by taking a one-semester Economic Education course. This can be met in Social Studies by one semester of Economics or Advanced Placement Economics, or this can be an elective. Other elective offerings in Social Studies are Criminal Justice and History of Sports.

The LSE World Language Department offers courses in French, German and Spanish. Students will learn and practice interpretive, interpersonal and presentational skills, including speaking, listening, reading and writing in the target language. Cultural context and information (both historical and modern) provide students the opportunity to learn about the countries and people studied. World Language classes are elective credits, and are often an entrance requirement for colleges and universities. Many universities require two years of study (in one language) for application, and successful completion of four years in high school may fulfill the graduation requirement at some institutions. Many post-secondary institutions grant credit for courses taken at the high school level, for example after taking an AP course and exam or by completing a placement exam. Students may save on tuition costs by taking as much language as possible during high school. Other advantages include increased academic achievement, learning about other cultures, and many cognitive benefits. When choosing which language to study, students should consider things like potential college majors, future career plans, personal interests/preferences, and family/heritage. Students should take the language they feel they would enjoy the most, as the difficulty level in each is relatively equal.

Freshmen have several opportunities in Performing Arts at Lincoln Southeast High School. Freshmen interested in Choral Music are encouraged to enroll in Singing Knights, one of eight choirs at Southeast. This choir provides students with foundational learning experiences in singing and musicianship. Freshman strings students are encouraged to enroll in Freshman Orchestra, which is open to all students. Students interested in band are encouraged to register for Marching Band first semester and Concert Band during 2nd semester. Auditions are held in January for band students during their band classes at their middle school. For more information on LSE’s Instrumental Music Program, visit www.lseband.org. Students can get involved in Drama Club and after-school productions, both on stage and back stage. Students can also take Theatre and Technical Theatre classes to gain more experience about the entire theatrical process while earning their fine arts credits. LSE Performing Arts also offers Beginning Guitar and Music Technology classes for those students interested in non performance based courses. They are open to freshman, with no prerequisites expectations.

The graduation requirement for Physical Education is 10 credits. Fitness for Life is designed primarily for freshmen (prerequisite for 9th graders) and is the foundation for all the P.E. credits. The high school Health requirement is 2.5 credits, which is met by taking Health Education.

The LSE Science Department course offerings are aligned with Nebraska and National Science Standards. In addition, there are electives to meet career and personal enrichment needs. Freshmen usually enroll in semester courses of Geoscience and Physical Science. Students of higher ability may choose to enroll in Differentiated (Honors) levels of these courses. In the sophomore year, Biology (or Differentiated Biology) is the normal course, followed by Chemistry (or Differentiated Chemistry) in the junior year. The senior year for college bound students is usually Physics (or Differentiated Physics). Electives include Differentiated Anatomy and Physiology, Astronomy, Environmental Studies, Forensic Science and Environmental Chemistry. Students who plan a career in science or a related field may elect AP Chemistry, AP Physics, as well as courses specifically related to health occupations such as Medical Terminology. Incoming freshmen may apply to be selected into a sequence allowing students to enroll in Differentiated Biology as freshmen. Freshman choosing this option should know that Differentiated Biology is a sophomore level course. Students choosing this path are making a commitment to enroll in science courses all four years of high school. This allows them to select any of the advanced courses in their senior year after Chemistry and Physics in the sophomore and junior years. These students will still be required to complete Differentiated Geoscience, thus having more than four years of science before college. Weighted courses include the differentiated levels of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, along with Anatomy and Physiology, AP Chemistry and AP Physics.

This is a course required for graduation. Ninth or tenth graders should plan to take this course, which emphasizes communication skills in social, vocational and academic contexts. Alternatively, this requirement can be met by taking DEBATE, a semester-long course similar to ORAL COMMUNICATIONS that focuses on communications skills in a variety of contexts.

Available Family and Consumer Science (FCS) classes include:

9th graders: Interior Design, Culinary I, Clothing, Textiles, and Design, Life Span Development;

10th graders: All the above courses, Culinary II and III, Families and Crisis, Infants and Toddlers, Preschool and School-Age, Introduction to Health Science and Relationships.

11th and 12 graders: Human Behavior

All students wishing to enroll in engineering classes begin with Engineering Design 1. Students may then choose Engineering Design 2, then proceed to Advanced Engineering/Architecture (Civil Engineering and Architecture). It is highly recommended to take the Engineering Design courses consecutively. Also, students interested in Architecture can take the Architectural Design class. LSE students interested in Woodworking and Manufacturing classes should begin with Woods Manufacturing 1. Upon completion of this class, students may choose to enroll in Woods Manufacturing 2 and then proceed to Advanced Woods Manufacturing & Cabinet Building.

Robotics 1 uses multiple hands-on experiences to demonstrate how POWER is used, ENERGY is produced and MECHANISMS are utilized to move projects from point A to B faster, further, and more efficiently. Through individual and group projects, students will be challenged to engineer, construct and test projects (robots) using mechanical, electrical, wind and chemical power. Students may advance their skills further in Robotics 2 and even compete in computations in Robotics 3 courses.

Introduction to Construction students will have the opportunity to examine various areas and careers using hands-on skills used in the construction industry. We encourage all students to explore the areas of SKILLED & TECHNICAL SCIENCES. Students will learn hands-on skills that have the potential to open job and postsecondary opportunities as well as provide lifetime skills.

Placement for incoming 9th graders (current 8th graders) will be made by your 8th grade teacher. Here are some guidelines teachers use:

Class taken in Grade 8: Course 3


B or better: Algebra
C+, C or D+: Algebra or Algebra with support based on teacher judgement of student needs
D or F: Algebra With Support

Class taken in Grade 8: Diff Algebra


B or better: Diff Geometry
D+, C or C+: Reg Geometry
D: Repeating Algebra Recommended
F: Must Repeat Algebra

Athletics and Activities

Director of Athletics & Activities: Dr. JJ Toczek – jtoczek@lps.org

Associate Director of Athletics & Activities: Ms. Kara Graham – kgraham@lps.org

Administrative Assistant: Ms. Michealla Gray – mgray@lps.org

For more information 


  • Cross Country – Dave Nebel
  • Baseball – Montana Jones
  • Boys Basketball – Joey Werning
  • Girls Basketball – Isaiah Dell
  • Football – Ryan Gottula
  • Boys Golf – Justin Freitag
  • Girls Golf – Chase Keitges
  • Boys Soccer – Mike Rozsa
  • Girls Soccer – Liz Sundberg
  • Softball – Toni Closner
  • Swimming & Diving – Brett Ruoff
  • Boys Tennis – Chris Salem
  • Girls Tennis – Chris Salem
  • Track & Field – Dave Nebel
  • Unified Bowling – Tyler Mathers
  • Volleyball – Paige Hubl
  • Wrestling – Ryan Bauer
  • Athletic Trainers – Cindy Benda, Micah Hamik
  • Sports Performance Coach – Matt Bertsch

Click on linked titles to see videos about these opportunities! Get to know some of our coaches and students-athletes.




Forms can be completed ONLINE after MAY 1, 2021.

We want to encourage families to complete participation packets ONLINE so that you CAN submit them from home. However, if you are not able to complete them online you still have the option to turn in paper copies to the high school athletic office.

The Participation Packet is available here.  Select the Athletics Participation packet to complete the steps at the bottom of the page. Forms only need to be completed ONCE per year. (There is no need to fill out multiple times for different activities! It is recommended that you have submitted forms 2 weeks prior to the start of your first season to ensure that you are approved to participate on the first day.

If you are participating in Journalism, Speech, Debate, Music:  Only the ONLINE consent form must be completed and electronically signed by both the parent and student.

If you are out for a Sport, Unified Sports, Cheer or Dance: The ONLINE consent form must be completed, electronically signed by both the student and parent AND a physical dated after May 1st of the current school year uploaded. Scan your physical or take a quality picture of it with your phone to upload it into the system. **IMPORTANT: You must upload the physical at the same time you complete and submit the forms ONLINE.

If you are NOT able to complete the forms ONLINE, you can still turn in PAPER COPIES of the necessary documents. The documents to be printed and turned in to the Athletic Office (not the Main Office) 2 weeks prior to the start of your first season are:

  • Lincoln Public Schools Parent & Student Consent Record-Both the parent and student need to sign this form after you have read over the entire packet. (**All participants)
  • Physical Examination Form-must be dated after May 1 of the current school year, completed and signed by your doctor.  (**Participants in Sports, Unified Sports, Cheer and Dance)

Dates by which forms must be completed in order to participate

Cheer & Dance: August 9, 2021

Fall Sports: August 9, 2021 (Football, Softball, Volleyball, Girls Golf, Boys Tennis, Cross Country)

Music: September 17, 2021 (Vocal and Instrumental)

Unified Bowling: October 4, 2021

Speech & Debate: October 18, 2021

Play Production: November 5, 2021

Winter Sports: November 15, 2021 (Boys/Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Boys/Girls Swimming and Diving)

Spring Sports: February 28, 2022 (Baseball, Boys Golf, Girls Tennis, Boys/Girls Soccer, Boys/Girls Track & Field)


Instrumental Music
RJ Metteer, Gary Shuda, Margaret Delaney, Frank Stroup, Brenden Sibley

Vocal Music Choirs
Missy Noonan and Samuel Rickert

Rylee Terry, Addyson Dupler, Jess Reiser, Jessica Bui

Emily Mantey Smith

Step Chain
Adi Martinez

Tommy Bender

Colten White

Tyler Lambley, Kathryn Frankforter

Brianne Clark

Kelsey Sejkora

Student Council
Autumn Wardyn and Julie Krueger

Clubs at Southeast

A variety of clubs, covering a wide range of topics, is available for students to join. These clubs meet either on Club Day (held on a Tuesday three or four times each semester) or at designated times after school. Clubs are subject to change depending on sponsorship, student interest and approval of club constitution.

Current Clubs available at Lincoln Southeast include:

  • (Random) Acts of Kindness Club
  • African American/Biracial/Multiracial Forum
  • Anime Club
  • Art Masters Club
  • Book Club
  • Business of Art Distribution
  • Chess Club
  • Chillax
  • Comic Book Club
  • DECA
  • DFA (Dedicated Fan Association)
  • Drama Club/Thespian Troup 2106
  • Empty Bowls Pottery Club
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Feminist Club
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • German Club
  • Hacky Sack Club
  • Harry Potter Club
  • HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America)
  • Key Club
  • KnightVision
  • Knights Football Club
  • Knights of Hip Hop
  • Latino Caucus
  • Latino Leaders
  • LsE-Sports
  • LTAB (Louder Than A Bomb)
  • Math Club
  • Nebrasketball
  • P7
  • Photography Club
  • Ping Pong Club
  • Prom Club
  • Prostart Culinary Competition
  • Psychology Club
  • Quidditch
  • Rocket Club
  • Rugby
  • Science Olympiad
  • SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Acceptance)
  • Song Writing Club
  • Southeast Pals
  • Star Wars Club
  • Strategy Card Club
  • Ultimate Club
  • Young Democrats
  • Young Life
  • Young Republicans

Special Programs

The Special Education Department provides a supportive environment for students as they adjust to a high school setting and transition to post-secondary educational opportunities, careers, or life skill opportunities. Students are challenged to achieve in academic, social, vocational, and life skill areas as they are assisted in planning their future. Counselors, IEP managers, and LSE personnel assist parents and students in choosing appropriate classes to meet graduation requirements from course options based on students’ ability/achievement levels, interests, and career goals. Additional support may be provided by school psychologists, speech and language pathologists, physical and occupational therapists, family specialists, educational interpreters, work study staff, and Braille-mobility specialists.

Learn more about Special Education at LSE!

The LSE library is a welcoming place for all students as we prepare them for our changing world. Our library is a mix of quiet areas where students can read or study, and more active areas where they can create with one of our Makerspaces or unwind at the jigsaw puzzle table or play our giant chess set. Students use their Chromebooks to access the online resources the library provides– professional databases for reliable information, note-taking and citation tools, and over 2,000 online ebooks and audiobooks–24 hours a day, seven days a week! We also provide thousands of print books for research and reading for pleasure. We teach important digital citizenship and research skills including how to critically evaluate all information before using it and how to give credit to sources. We help students with their Chromebooks, answer questions and help them find a perfect book. Students can use one of the library’s computers when they need to print. We are open from 7:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Knight House, LSE’s after-school program, takes place in the library until 5:00 p.m. Visit our website at <wp.lps.org/medialse> to learn more.
Knight House is an after-school program hosted in the library. Any Southeast student who needs a safe and supervised place to study or hang out after school can join us in the media center. We are open every school day until 5:00 p.m.
The school nurse can be reached at 402-436-1304 Option 7. Please call if your student has any health concerns, or will need medication during the school day.
SCIP is the School-Community Intervention Program. Its purpose is threefold: 1) To identify students exhibiting behaviors which interfere with their ability to learn. These behaviors may or may not be drug/alcohol related; 2) To provide alternative approaches in helping students deal with these problems, and; 3) To provide a support system for students and parents to address problem areas both within and outside the school setting. The SCIP Coordinator can provide information about the SCIP process, free drug/alcohol or mental health screenings and support groups dealing with drug/alcohol or mental health issues.
The Gifted Design Team at LSE offers a program of services for gifted and talented students. In addition to rigorous course offerings, students have opportunities for acceleration, mentors, dual enrollment at UN-L, and special programs, such as the Wesleyan Honors Academy.
The LSE Student Ambassador program was developed to help transition and welcome new students into the LSE community and work with other students to maintain positive relationships with one another. Students are recommended for the ambassador program by staff members of LSE.
The Student Assistance Team is designed to provide accommodation and assistance for student success. The team consists of the student, the student’s teachers, parents/guardian, counselor, school psychologist, administrator and educational coordinator. Team members contribute information and ideas to develop a plan in the form of a Student Assistance Plan or 504 accommodation.


We invite you to browse the videos below to learn about our many academic, activity and athletic options! Scroll up to CoursesAthletics and Activities or Special Programs to read more about any specific topic area.