The Independence Academy

The Independence Academy is a program for students with disabilities that provides students with relevant educational, life, social, and vocational/career experiences in business and/or agency settings.

Our Mission

To prepare students of transition age by teaching the knowledge and skills needed to facilitate a positive transition into adult living after high school

In the Community

Independence Academy utilizes an age-appropriate curriculum, community-based training, and integrated settings to provide students with a meaningful education. The community becomes an extension of the classroom, as it provides opportunities for skill development in the areas of communication, employment, independent living, and recreation. Students work, learn, and prepare in the community.

Student Portfolio

The student portfolio is a collection of materials that document and promote personal growth. The portfolio enables the student and others to analyze the student’s capabilities, focus on strengths, and develop strategies for areas of development, while planning for the future.

Important Information

  • School lunch is available
  • Certified teacher and para support on site
  • Dress code varies per site – required uniform at certain locations
  • Site change each quarter – unless extended learning is needed
  • Job experiences vary
  • Annual IEP meeting
  • Health services and related services
  • LPS transportation services to site and home from site
  • Transition services – partnership with Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation


Most Sites

  • M, W, TH, F -9:00 a.m.- 2 p.m.
  • Tuesdays – PLC – 9:00 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Open House on August 10th

The Independence Academy Open House will be held Wednesday, August 10th from 4:30pm – 7:00pm at The Career Academy on SCC’s Lincoln Campus at 8800 O St

Please complete the following

Both PDF’s are fillable and can be electronically signed and returned via email to, hand-signed and brought to open house or mailed to the address below:

Independence Academy
643 S 25th St, Suite 11
Lincoln NE, 68510

Contact Us

Lincoln Public Schools Independence Academy
5905 O Street
Lincoln, NE 68510

Phone: 402-436-1936
Fax: 402-458-3295

Our Staff and Contact Info

Program Administrator
Dr. Alisha Bollinger, Special Education Supervisor

Team Leader
Alysia Smith

Caitlin Marrow