There seems to be a group of parents at Lincoln who place value on community, respect and compassion. However, the downside is this community is very small and though they try, they have little impact on the overall school environment. Parents have tried to instill positive relationships in and outside of the classroom with Project Cornerstone but it's hard when the majority of the population doesn't hold these same values at home.
Some teachers are wonderful and caring. Others place too much emphasis on academics and homework with the excuse of getting students prepared for the pressures of Kennedy and Monta Vista. I have encountered many teachers at this school using the yelling tactic with their classrooms to maintain order and threaten.
Lincoln is overrated. Very difficult school environment if you are not Asian or believe in high pressure academics. The teachers are mixed, some are good but some are completely disinterested and have lost faith in their CUSD employers after the West Valley incident. There is little to no community at this school as many parents don't feel involvement is necessary. It's the same few parents you see doing everything. There are not enough bathrooms for students/classrooms and some students have to walk very far across campus to use the restroom. The campus isn't very secure as there are multiple blind entrances and the office windows are usually closed. There is a definitive reason to the declining enrollment at Lincoln over the last several years. The word is getting out that this school isn't worth its 10/10 score.
There is too much emphasis on homework at this school. Moreover, the emphasis on homework is to learn NEW material, not practice material taught in classroom instruction. The majority of the homework is new material that the parents (or tutors) are expected to teach to their children.
My daughter and son have an excellent experience there. My son is one of the top while my daughter does have trouble. Even though I don't like it when my daughter gets bad grades the teachers try to make my daughter more smarter, they make my children feel good about themselves with constant encouragement. Not only that, Lincoln's education standards is top. They always give challenging homework, and one of the teachers at lincoln even said," this is seventh grade math, and i want to prepare you for middle school. Now that's why I love this school.
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.
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. :)
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.
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.
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.