Students enrolled 735
School leader Vivian Franklin
District Cupertino Union

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21710 Mcclellan Road
Cupertino, CA 95014

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(408) 252-4798
(408) 865-0813
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4 stars
Based on 37 ratings

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April 01, 2014
The famously horrible principal from Steven Creek Elementary is now at Lincoln. She is rude and completely obstinate, will not even listen to what the parent has to say. She is really unreasonable and unfriendly to the kids and parents alike.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2014
There is a lot expected of students here and my child started coming home with anxiety issues - in Kindergarten! Her teacher although meaning well had a very rough approach which didn't do well with our child. Children are really pushed here with "optional" homework being assigned that brings you to 1hour a day worth of homework unless your student is very quick. It feels like the expectations are set high for all students, and if they can not adapt then they get moved to 'special' classes. Why not set the standards so that all children can meet them, and if they are 'gifted' allow them to attend 'special classes' to foster their growth? Children are expected to know how to write upon the first day of kindergarten.. I have mixed feelings about this school, but overall there is a lot of support and the current Principal is wonderful. There is little to no ethnic diversity here. One wonderful thing is that they take bullying VERY seriously and the staff do a wonderful job promoting a peaceful environment. :)

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2014
School is overall overrated. Inhuman toilet training techniques. When the child wants to go to the bathroom and asks the teacher for permission the teacher asks whether you really want to go or can you hold on till recess. If the child then requests to go then they are benched for few minutes of their already short recess time. Dont they know the that children have smaller bladders and these unhealthy practices cause irreparable long term damges. And also they have very few restrooms for the huge number of students. Even the lunch table is overcrowded. Strangely the school district felt the need for additional vice principal as the school has too many students but did not feel the need to add additional restroooms or lunch tables.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2014
Definitely overrated. School adopted common core curriculum to get federal funding. Teachers told us that common core was thrown at them. Train as you go is not adequate training. Text books were not proofread before handing out to our kids, so there are many confusing questions and wrong information/answers. No Aides so teachers don't have time for all the kids. Communication is poor between the school & children/parents. Teachers are doing the best they can, but the office staff & administrators are the worst. Office staff have attitude problems & both principals might as well be non-existent. We should try to automate those positions if all they do is provide content to the newsletters. Agree with the other poster that the bathroom and lunch situations could be improved. The school has some of the most ridiculous rules. I wish I could give you examples but space here is limited. Last but not least, the parents are generally rude and overbearing. Kids are pushed by parents beyond their limits and come to school with anxiety. Kids and parents seem to be socially inept, so imagine your kid with other kids the same age but with temper tantrums of a 2 year old.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2013
My kinder has been going to Lincoln for half a year now and she loves going to school. The academics are definitely different than other districts, as she gets three homeworks per week. Our friends' kids, who live in a different district, don't get homework at all, and I hear some don't even get homework until the 2nd grade. Secondly, there are plenty of extra-curricular activities, such as PE, music, cooking, art, computers, etc. Finally and most importantly, the K teachers are all very experienced, at least double digit years of teaching experience. If there was one room for improvement, I would expand the half-days for kindergarten. Some districts expand the timetable a few weeks in, but CUSD just keeps it at half days until 1st grade.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2013
It is the students and parents that are responsible for the good grades. The teachers put 20%. I think about 80% of the students coming to these schools (CUSD) are from either educated parents or parents that have higher academic standards. They all clustered in either Fremont Mission San Jose Sub district of Fremont unified school Distric or CUSD. This is the reason why the API are much higher than the other surrounding public school districts. These schools however cannot turn around any students and make them smart. I am saying this so some of the parents don't get the wrong idea and pay high rent or high price for homes here will get too disappointed. Most of the steller students are born that way.

- submitted by a teacher
January 11, 2013
In response to the family moving from Brazil, Lincoln Elementary is an excellent school with superb teachers who really care about your children. Unfortunately, the front office staff does not reflect that same warmth. I'm so sorry that your initial conversation with one of the secretaries had to be your first impression of the school. I'm sure the office staff is very efficient, but they can be curt to the point of being unfriendly. I'm sorry you were not treated with more respect.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2013
My third child is graduating this year. All my kids had positive experiences with many teachers over the past 14 years. The school provides the kids with excellent start in academic and personal development. Prepares them well to middle school and beyond.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2012
This is in response to the people moving from Brazil. Cupertino Union School District has an excellent ELD program, but it's only run at certain schools, and Lincoln Elementary is not one of them. Your students go to a great class clustered to help them learn English to a proficient level and they provide transportation from Lincoln to the alternate school. It's not than English learners are "welcome' at Lincoln, the school district provides the English learner curriculum at other sites. Good luck! Hope you find what you need somewhere. Lincoln is a very popular school and they are full in half of the grades anyway with wait lists for people who want to attend and live in the area.

- submitted by a community member
November 01, 2012
We are moving from Brazil to California and I'm trying to find a school for my kids before renting or buying a house. So, I've just talked to a lady over the phone and, unfortunately, my impression of this school couldn't be worse! Differently from secretaries of other schools,this one was not willing to help at all and sent me a clear message that my kids, who are not proficient in English, are not welcome there. I know that this is just one person over the phone, and I'm sure that the staff there can be more friendly, but it takes just one rotten apple to send the wrong message...

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2011
I like the very balanced reviews on this school. Really appreciate people taking the time to add such useful information.

- submitted by a community member
October 14, 2011
Excellent 5th grade teacher, love the school and the office staff is extremely helpful. My children enjoy going to this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2011
So disappointing...Cupertino schools have such a fine reputation so we expected much more. There is a lack of coummunication on the part of the principal and there is definitely a lack of understanding toward students with special needs. The principal and some of the teachers need to be more willing to discuss issues with parents and to problem solve.

- submitted by a community member
December 16, 2010
Terrible environment! The teachers program these students like robots. It's horrible. My 7th grade son gets less homework than my 5th grade daughter. It's as if they expect everyone to drop what their doing and do math. I hate it. And to those just joining, don't. The 4th and 5th graders get out half an hour later, so you will have to wait til' 3:30 to go home.The only upside is that there is a decent curriculum.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 06, 2010
Great Environment! GREAT teachers... Very helpful, loving, caring, supportive... and I can go on :) Excellent Curriculum3

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
Great teachers, students, curriculum and above all great study environment

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
great school, the teachers (at least three who I know) are caring, respectful, and well organized. My kid loves them. weakness? not really. but if want to be really picky, traffic is bad dropping off/picking up, building is old too - academic wise, a little weak comparing with some good schools in east coast, but here in CA, top notch.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Caring teachers, Parents and teachers come together to create an environment that's fun as well as educational.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2008
My son is autistic who is attending Lincoln. The teacher for the SDC, Ms. Fujikawa, is the best teacher I have never met. Her well structured class is a total success. If you have a mild autistic child, this is the place.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 24, 2008
Best of the best school. My only issue is with traffic to drop and pick children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 10, 2008
Our experience with Lincoln has been fantastic. Great teachers, extremely dedicated, hard working, and well organized. They really know how to keep the advanced students motivated and learning new things. Someone else commented about instrumental music not being available. Maybe not the traditional boring band class, but there is a super music program that is international in focus and gives students hands-on experience with a huge variety of different musical traditions -- Hawaiian, Balinese Gamelan, Chinese, Indian, to name a few. There is also extracurricular music (band) but yes, not as a class. Great parents although they are busy people, generally not a lot of extra parent activities.

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June 13, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 21, 2008
The school lacks on teacher quality and their enthusiasm to drive overall developemnt of children. The school principal needs to get more involved in order to justify a rating of 10.Parents involment is also lacking.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2008
Sadly, Lincoln did not provide instrumental music. If it had I would have given it a 5/5 hands down.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 08, 2008
Parents participation is not great. School has good atmosphere for overall development. Only Cupertino Elem where we find a better mix of ethnicity.

- submitted by a community member
April 04, 2008
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November 10, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2007
Parents are easily misled by the great scores. Again, it is true that the school does not do enough to promote students' overall development. The teachers are nice, but some of them are not doing their jobs.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2006
My daughter was transferred to Lincoln this semester and she really likes her new school. The teachers are very nice, experienced, and capable of organizing the class into an effective learning environment. The school offers various programs in art, music and sport, as well as wonderful field trips. The facility is great - nice library, clay room and singing room. The class room is big with ample space for various class activities. Most important, I see my daughter is very happy at school, can't wait to go to school in the morning, learns a lot everyday and has made many nice friends in just a few months.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2005
Math, Science and Language Arts Programs are very good. Licoln is a safe place for kids because of parent volunteers. GATE program is very good. Lincoln has great Music, Art and Sports programs. I like the computer lab too.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2005
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November 21, 2005
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November 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2005
I had a great expectation for this school due to other parents' high regards and the impressive test scores. I regret not taking any consideration to my children's social and emotional impact this would have. Parents are so pushy and aggessive for their children to get good grades that they have forgotten that it is important to let the children be children. The examples the parents are setting for their children is just alarming. People as community should realize that getting good scores and good grades isn't everything. They should look into children's well being as an indidvidual. Allowing them to be happy instead of looking to happiness of their parents as they bring good grades home.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2005
My child goes to the first grade. I find the teachers very competent. The course is sufficiently academic compared to schools my elder children went to. Very friendly environment for the kids. Lots of opportunities for parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2005
Lincoln school has very high standards in all academics. They recently adopted district wide the Step-Up to Writing program and use it in all grade levels. Music, art, PE are paid for in part by parent donations. There is a high level of parent involvement in the school, classrooms, PTA and where ever help is needed. Teachers are very caring and seem to have a great rapport with one another. I highly recommend this school. The biggest problem is the traffic, as the majority of parents drive their students to school and it is very close to the middle school, high school and De Anza College. Then again, it is great as we are in walking distance to all these schools.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2005
Overall, its a wonderful neighborhood school. Parents are very involved, teachers are involved and knowledgeable and there is excellent interaction.

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December 30, 2004
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December 30, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2004
Wonderful teachers and school, especially with the career days and school curriculum.

- submitted by a former student
July 06, 2004
This is an excellent school with quite a few excellent teachers. The students are very bright, & the parents are eager to help the classromm teacher.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2004
An excellent school. All the teachers/staff and the principal are so polite and helpful. Every teacher can be reached even during school hours through email. The campus is good. Their API scores are very high. No doubt - a very good school.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2004
A very good school. The principal and staff are very kind and helpful. Their test performances are very good.

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September 21, 2003
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Abraham Lincoln Elementary School
21710 Mcclellan Road, Cupertino, CA  95014
(408) 252-4798
Last modified Abraham Lincoln Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Abraham Lincoln Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top