Students enrolled 1078
School leader Brian Leedy
Transportation options Yes
District Corona-Norco Unified

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1041 Fullerton Avenue
Corona, CA 92879

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September 11, 2014
AWSOME, Historic School with "OLD" School Values! School Spirit & Patriotism "Revitalized " under the Lesdership of Lincoln's New Principal Mr. LEEDY. With a "FANTASTIC" Teaching Staff with years of "EXPERIENCE"! Former Students, doing their Student Teaching & "Returning" to join the "High" Value's of LINCOLN'S Teaching Staff! Once again, in 2014, Lincoln Alternative can fly the "Distinguished" School FLAG "PROUDLY"!

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2014
Lincoln is a fantastic school, and I have been very happy with my kids here. We have a strict dress code, other parents at other schools think that is "lame". However, I believe it teaches kids to have respect for authority, which unfortunately is a rarity these days. The teachers are great, and our new principle Mr. Leedy is amazing! He has brought new life to Lincoln. Just this year alone, he has brought back or added fun activities, and events for the kids, and the whole family. I couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2013
Our school offers a strong emphasis on the basics of education. Constant push to make our kids better students and just better people in general. The staff is amazing. Our new principal, Mr. Leedy is a breath of fresh air.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2013
I love Lincoln! Not only great in academic, but the kids are thought to have discipline, respect towards other, and high patriotism. Great parents participation.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2013
I have been connected with Lincoln Alternative for quite some time and find it an excellent school. The expectations of parents and staff to maintain high expectations for students both academically and behaviorally is superb. The administration is professional and keeping LAS at the forefront for the betterment of our children is important to them. Teachers are open to new ideas while consistently keeping the original philosophy of the school which are high expectations, challenging academics, structured environment, parent involvement and patriotism. Lincoln Alternative is an excellent school.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2012
Lincoln Alternative School has been my school of choice for 21 years. All three of my children attended Lincoln and absolutely loved it ! They have excelled ever since. I believe their success largely came from an outstanding education achieved at Lincoln. I am also a teacher at Lincoln having taught several different grade levels over the years, as well as having been a volunteer parent for a period of time when I was a stay home mom. I have found teachers and parents at all grade levels to be child focused, ensuring that every student gets the best education possible. Change is inevitable in any institution. However the ideals of patriotism, respect, discipline, and receiving an excellent education have remained constant at Lincoln.

- submitted by a teacher
March 25, 2012
I am new at this school and I was greeted with a cold welcome. My daughter does not like the school and complains that she does not trust the staff to protect her. I have not had much interaction with the school. Does not appear to be a very welcoming school. I'm not familiar with any of the staff ar admin, but when I presented the principal with an issue I believe he dealt with it the best he could (I hope). People are experiencing difficult times and we are all human. I believe you have to look at the whole picture. One mans trash is another mans treasure. What might work for one, may not for another. Gather the information needed to make the best decision for your child. For our family this is not the right fit. I believe emotional support is just as important as academic support and my daughter is not happy at school. I am researching new schools to transfer her. Good luck to you all and thank you for the helpful reviews.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2012
The budget cuts impact EVERY school in California not only Lincoln. It is sad. But I still believe Lincoln is a very good school. The parents involvement has been very high already in Lincoln, but now parents have to step in more to help. And in my opinion, we should give a little bit more time for the new principal + new asst. principal to prove their work. My youngest son is in one of the best public schools in Yorba Linda that got Blue Ribbon tittle, because we can't find similar program close by in Corona for him. The facility of the YL school is beautiful and high tech (with big touch screen board + teacher laptop in every class), the teachers are awesome, high scores, but I feel Lincoln teaches more than academic stuffs... patriotism, respect, hard work, and discipline. That's the reason why I will keep my kids in Lincoln, though YL school has a same distance (even less) as Lincoln from my house. I don't mind a lot of homework, though I wish the optional enrichment homework gives opportunity to learn advanced skills not only busyworks. Overall, I am pleased with and still believe in Lincoln.. especially if we, the parents, keep work together with the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2012
We have been at Lincoln for 9 years and must agree with previous posters that the school has changed for the worse. Partially this is due to budget cuts, which the school cannot help, but it is also due to a change in philosophy. The current principal is a good administrator, but shows no interest in the children. The discipline and Lincoln pride once palpable is gone. Lincoln is still a good school, but not the great school it once was.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2012
I agree with the last post. My child has changed since she started first grade and does not seam like the cheerful little person she used to be.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2012
Posted April 27, 2004 My daughter has attended Lincoln since kindergarten. I also have two siblings that have attended. I am sorry to say that I am very disappointed with the direction the school has taken. Although Lincoln is known to teach to a higher level, I have not found this to be true. The teachers all teach to the california standards test, only. My daughter is not learning the skills that are necessary to acheive great scores in her later school years. My daughter is in 3rd grade, and consistently has a minimum of 2 hours of homework a night. Yet, the work is just busywork. She learns nothing from what is sent home. We are so disappointed with her current education, we are soon going to make the decision to either transfer her from Lincoln to a new school, or to home school her. Submitted by a parent Write your own review

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2011
I appreciate the school's focus on high expectations and a structures environment. I do wish the teachers exhibited the dress standards expected of students under the dress code. Teachers, especially the male teachers, do not exhibit what is expected of students. The new principal has spent the year watching and experiencing his new school which is much appreciated, especially since he has been a principal for over 20 years. Because of his willingness to observe and his past experiences, I will support any changes he makes.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2011
I have had a child go thru Lincoln and is currently going to enter her Junior year in high school. She is a straight "A student and the disapline she learned early on from Lincoln has been very beneficial. Yes Lincoln is very strict with the academics but this will sever them well as there schooling continues. I also have a 1st grader and next year a kindergardener that will go there. Is it tough? Yes, but in this day and age, it needs to be. The teachers are very helpfull if the student struggles. Take advantage of what help the teacher can offer.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2011
Lincoln was the biggest let down to my child. Everyone is stereotyped and the priority is not the kids but only the test scores. I was amazed to see how many parents are brainwashed to put academic before the child's emotional needs and how a lot of the children put value on other kids strictly based on their academic achievement. My child has done so much better sense leaving this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
Excellent school! The teachers are all very helpful and they love volunteers. They seem to really, truly care as well.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2010
I have a first grader and a kinder both attending Lincoln. This is an excellent school if you want your kids to excel.Initially,my spouse was worried about our younger kid attending Lincoln as she is a strong will child.However, after attending Lincoln for several weeks, I see a tremendous improvement in her behavior as well as academic. I am a proud Lincoln parents. The teachers goes above and beyond their duties.Many parents volunteer and are very involved with school activities. The PTA are very active.My kids are getting excellent education and discipline.Best of all, they love their school and come home smiling. For parents who like to attend Lincoln,be prepared for tons of school work and sitting with your kids if you opt for this school. It take both parents and teachers, working together,to produce the best result for your children.

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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
We have the best parent involvement and fabulous teachers. We've won the California Distinguished school back to back, the only school in our district to do so. Most parents feel that we are getting a private school education for free. We have teachers that go above and beyond the state standards.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
The principal and staff are just so caring and patient. Never put down students. Work hard with them.

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August 21, 2009
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- submitted by a student
November 17, 2008
I have a 6th grader who has attended since kindergarten and I also have a 1st grader. I love this school. It is a great, safe environment. I have never seen any problems amongst the students. The teachers and staff are very dedicated. This school has high academic standards.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 24, 2008
There is no other school I would choose to send my children to. The Principals and teachers are wonderful. The children come first. Whether a student needs to be challenged or needs extra help they have a system in place to help all children. The academics are very challenging and there is a lot of homework but it is worth all the time. I was recently told by my 9th graders Math and English teachers that they can alway tell a Lincoln kid in their class because they are the only kids that can use critical thinking skills. I don't want my children to come out of school having memorized a bunch of information, I want them to be able to take that information and apply it in everyday life as well as their future education. They also teach the kids to be proud they are Americans!

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August 25, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2008
I am so proud to have my children attend Lincoln Alternative. The staff and students work so hard and have been recognized as a California Distinguished School in 2004 and iin 2008. This is an incredible accomplishment. The academics are challenging but my students have been very prepared for intermediate school. the dress code is a little extreme but it is part of a program that I travel mnay miles to attend. The teachers, office staff and dministrators really like kids and go above and beyond to provide a fair and consistent academic program. I wouldn't think of going anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2008
I started Kindergarten at Lincoln in 1981, the first year it became an 'Alternative' school. All five of my siblings also attended Lincoln. I now have a daughter and two nieces at Lincoln and it continues to be an excellent school. From my own experience, by the time I reached 7th grade I was between 10th and 12th grade level in all areas of academics. The education I received at Lincoln as well as many of my peers who also attended continued to help us far exceed grade level requirements from elementary and beyond high school. I highly recommend Lincoln if you are prepared to be heavily involved in the development of your child's education.

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May 06, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2008
My daughter is a first grader at LInchol. The education that she is receiving is excellent. I am very involved. The students who attend this school is extremely well-behaved and for the most part very high achieving.

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March 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2008
I have a first grader at Lincoln and I'm so glad we made the decision to send her here. My daughter is encouraged to stretch her limits but not pressured. The teachers and especially the parents make this school what it is! My only complaint is the undertones of religion. This will not stop me from sending my other 2 children to Lincoln as I'm am an avid supporter in all of the other values taught at this school!

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2007
My husband and I are very satisfied with this school. My daughter who is in kindergarten looks forward every day to going to school and was so sad when she went off track this month. Academically, she is being challenged to a great length without feeling pressured. When her teacher found out, she is an early reader, she went to task to make sure my daughter does not do exercises that are below her reading ability. But the one thing I love this school is how they emphasize patriotism and instill in their students the love for this country. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone who is concerned about their child's education.

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October 12, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
Lincoln Alternative School is an incredible place for children who are interested in learning and being the best that they can be. The focus is definitely on academics, behavior and patriotism and parent participation is unsurpassed in the District. The teachers and administration are very dedicated to their students and do what it takes to ensure that all students are successful. there really are no extracurricular activities, but parents know that going in to the school. Lincoln is not a neighborhood school and there is no bussing so be prepared to wait a bit for dismissal. Overall, a great school. We are so proud that our kids attend one of Calif. Distinguished Schools.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
Lincoln Alternative School is the best kept secret in the CNUSD! Parents hear about our wonderful school from testimonials of happy and excited LAS families. Our entire staff nurtures each individual child to provide a safe and caring environment that meets their unique needs. We have an excellent academic program with very high expectations, while providing for individual students' needs through small group and one to one instruction. Besides the rigorous academic program, there is a strong emphasis on patriotism, self-esteem, civic responsibility and traditional values. Our parent involvement is viewed as number one. After all our school motto is 'Home & School, Hand in Hand'. What better place to educate our future leaders? Bring your children and become part of the Lincoln family! You won't regret it!

- submitted by a administrator
March 25, 2007
Kids who come in on the younger side (4/5) are at a disadvantage, unless they are bright. I do like that they break the class up into groups for English/math so that children in each level are challenged to their ability.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2007
My daughter has been at Lincoln since last Summer, and she has come such a long way! I use to have a prejudice when it came to public schools, since my kids have attended private schools since age 4. I must admit I was a little scared and hesitant, but the first day my mind was totally at ease when I met the principal! She is firm but so fair and loving! Her teacher, Ms. Merrifield is wonderful, and the entire staff worked together to help my daughter achieve. If all some parents have to complain about on this board is the dress code and how 'strict' the principal is...Stallings is right up the street. You do have a choice! Lincoln is a breath of fresh air!

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2006
Lincoln was an amazing experience for Kindergarten. All the kids in my daughter's class were reading at 1st grade level and more than half were reading at 2nd grade level. The school works with the parents and expects high parent involvement. They stress that school is a team with school and parents and talk to the parents early on about supporting their child's learning. As one of the room moms I had called parents for various activities and the answer was always 'yes'. They hae an early sign up date in December or January I believe. It's very important to pay attention to that date because those lucky enough to attend Lincoln will reep the benefits especially when comparring Lincoln to just about most of Corona's other schools. The only negative I have is that I would have liked to have seen more extra curricular activities offered through the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2006
We have one child currently attending Lincoln, and our second one to start this fall. We have been exceedingly happy with the curriculum being taught. The teachers I have been in contact with have done an excellent job with my child. He is excited about learning and can't wait for the new year to begin. The parent involvement is great, My child loves having me help in the class room. I tell everyone looking for a school about Lincoln.

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April 13, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2006
Great Programs. Principals and teachers are very dedicated to the success of the children. Large numberof parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2005
I have had great experiences at Lincoln. My oldest son is socially and educationally behind, but still has done so well here. He has increased his learning ability. My youngest son is above educationally and that is essentially what you will find at Lincoln. He loves the challenges and the teachers and of course his friends. There is a lot of parent involvement available as well. This is a school that cares about it's kids. The principal is a little gruff, but she does seem to love the kids. The vice principal is wonderful! She is caring, yet 'tough' enough to get the message across. You can really tell she loves what she does. In my opinion, this is the best public school here in Corona.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2005
LAS is a wonderful school. Parent involvement is very high and strongly encouraged. The academic workload is more advanced than other schools in the district. It is stricter than other Corona schools; stricter dress code, higher standards for academics. I've been very happy with every teacher I've come in contact with. The principal is not as friendly as I would like for an elementary school, but that is my only 'complaint'. It's not in the best area of town, but the campus is safe and clean although dated. I would strongly recommend this school if you want to challenge your child.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2005
Lincoln began as a fundamental school in 1981 and it currently is at its strongest in 2005! With the diverse student population, the goal is to remain focused on differentiating instruction to meet all of the students' needs. It would be easy to maintain the program with a current API score of 850, but the teachers are now implementing Professional Learning Communities (PLC's), using an agreed upon time at each grade level to move children around and target specified needs (GATE, enrichment, reteaching, mini lessons, English Language Development, problem solving, etc). We hear many concerns about rigid discipline, challenging classwork, and the need for parent involvement, but students move on to seventh grade with continued success. We welcome anyone in the CNUSD boundaries who would like a challenging, Standards-based curriculum, and the school remains highly successful. It also retains its Distinguished School status, proving staff and students are incredible!

- submitted by a staff
October 20, 2005
My wife and I were willing to let our children attend a public school only if it was special in several areas, specifically academics. Being that we were fairly new to Corona we were not sure what elementary school was going to be best for our 3 youngest. Crossroads at that time was an extremely good pre-school for our 4 year old but someone we knew had recommended Lincoln Alternative and had so many great things to say about it. Since she was a teacher in another city and being that we have always been impressed with her 2 older children whom attended Lincoln, we decided to try. It has been almost 2 years now, our oldest daughter is in 1st grade and we have a son in Kindergarden and we are very happy with everything Lincoln has done so far. My wife and I definitely recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2005
I love this school! I said I would never send my children to public school and I'm so glad I changed my mind. I love the structure and the teachers and fact that they begin with memory challenges from Kindergarten so that the kids get used to public speaking at a young age. For those who feel it's too rigid, you have a choice, you don't have to come here. I love Lincoln and so do my kids!

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July 21, 2005
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- submitted by a staff
June 02, 2005
Lincoln is an awesome school with extremely high academic standards. It is missing sports and other fun field trips, but the strict discipline and academics make up for the 'fun stuff' it lacks. It is consistently in the top schools for test scores. The teachers take pride in their job and access each individual students needs. It is a challenging school that will prepare your child for middle and high school. They teach great study habits and respect for self, community and country! My children have attended for over 9 years now and my youngest will be in 6th grade next year.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
I have been at Lincoln for over 10 years and there is no other Elementary School I would send my children to. Even with the brand new school opening a block away. It's all about what goes on inside the classroom. You can talk to anyone who has stepped foot at our school & they will tell you they can noticeably see a huge difference between the behavior in our students from other schools in this District. We are a school of choice. Intermediate school teachers even comment on how they can tell Lincoln kids from others. They are more respectful and are higher achievers.The children are taught early how to be successful and the rewards of such. The parent involvment at this school is like no other it is also one of the largest in the District. We are about a partnership between school and home, hand in hand.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2005
Lincoln has a great classical memory challenge program for all grade levels. My children have had the opportunity to be involved in various extracurricular activities including Math Field Day, spelling bee, Science Fair, Conflict Manager program and others as well. A special thing about LAS that I have a great appreciation for is the dress code. I truly believe that it makes a difference at our school. I have even had friends of children from other schools comment on how the kids at Lincoln seem different (in a good way!) and that there is something special about them. I can't help but agree. There is a high level of parent involvement as well, which gives parents the opportunity to participate in their children's schools, while alleviating the pressure of having only a select few parents who are willing to participate, which I have heard is the case at other schools.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2004
I am always excited to wake up in the morning and know that I am going to my wonderful and highly developed school. All the teachers and PTA and staff at Lincoln are always nice and strict at the same time. They would probably do anything to make students at Lincoln excited about school and they make learning fun. I am also very happy that our school is a distinguished school!

- submitted by a former student
May 17, 2004
My 5th grader is new to Lincoln this year and has had a hard time adjusting to the rigidity of the school. My child comes from a GATE classroom in which there was a high level of teacher-student involvement. Much different from her current classroom setting which is basically sit down and be quiet. The other day, she had a sweater tied around her waist and a teacher told her to take it off because it looked sloppy. There is a point where dress code goes too far! I am impressed with the distinguished school achievement and test scores, but come on Lincoln, lighten up!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2004
My daughter has attended Lincoln since kindergarten. I also have two siblings that have attended. I am sorry to say that I am very disappointed with the direction the school has taken. Although Lincoln is known to teach to a higher level, I have not found this to be true. The teachers all teach to the california standards test, only. My daughter is not learning the skills that are necessary to acheive great scores in her later school years. My daughter is in 3rd grade, and consistently has a minimum of 2 hours of homework a night. Yet, the work is just busywork. She learns nothing from what is sent home. We are so disappointed with her current education, we are soon going to make the decision to either transfer her from Lincoln to a new school, or to home school her.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2003
I've had 3 kids in Lincoln Alternative School (2 currently) and I couldn't imagine having them anywhere else. They are taught to be respectful of others, and they are. The dress code is enforced, and with some of today's fashions, I think that's great! After 8 years of attending awards assemblies for my kids, I am still impressed when I see such a large group of children sitting quietly in one room! These kids respect authority, and it shows!

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2003
Lincoln Alternative has a very caring staff. The teachers on the most part are very driven to help their kids succeed. Lincoln has very strict rules and dress code, some of which makes buying clothing for my daughter almost impossible. Shorts are not allowed to be any shorter than the persons middle finger when placed at their sides, and if your child has long arms, they're out of luck. Fashions change, but the dress code is rigid. We actually had to shop in the boys department this year to find shorts that were long enough. If you can put up with the kids' complaints about the rules and your own frustration with their inflexibility, it is a very good school, adademically. I just think some things need to be updated to make the kids feel less like they're in boot camp.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2003
Lincoln Alternative School has been wonderful for our son! The teachers and administration are very dedicated and the high standards of academics are upheld and updated continuously! We love this school for it's discipline and family oriented atmosphere! We couldn't imagine having our son go anywhere else!

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Lincoln Alternative Elementary School
1041 Fullerton Avenue, Corona, CA  92879
(951) 736-3336
Last modified Lincoln Alternative Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Lincoln Alternative Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 62 reviews. Top