The teachers are wonderful. They teach the kids in very creative ways. Sure, the show alot of videos but they make you take notes or fill out worksheets. Best Middle School Ever.
After three years experience with Lincoln, here are my conclusions. My son/daughter had some of the finest, most energetic, involved and engaged teachers. He also has had some of the laziest, incompetent, ill-tempered and mediocre teachers. A teacher that shows over 40 videos in a single semester? Really, isn't that the definition of disengaged? An infamous teacher with a chronic anger-management problem who ridicules students with "Chinese" names and who complains constantly to students that he is poorly paid while "you are all rich." Really? The place has such potential, and a foundation of brilliant teachers. But it is weighed down by administrative weakness, obvious lack of leadership, and an apparent inability to effectively bring into line those teachers who are thoroughly disengaged, frustrated, bored and incompetent. Those parents who can afford to send their kids to tutors do so in droves, so the state test scores are not as accurate a gauge of teaching quality as would be the case at a school from a less affluent demographic. Lincoln has been, for many of us, a deep and profound disappointment that falls far short of its strong reputation.
Most everyone of the teachers at this school are superb. My son has had some amazing classroom experiences. The same can not be said for the administration or counseling staff - mostly hack. The general attitude at the school is very cold and rude compared with other schools in other areas.
I haven't seen anything impressive in the way of educating children at LMS. There is a distinction within grades that uses a "Gem stone" for core division The principal states there is no difference yet it has been three months and the Diamond core has been to a science field trip and is dissecting in the classroom while the Ruby core has depended only on the text for the same unit. This looks similar to the illegal tracking of the 70's. It has been a long first semester for our GATE student that has lost luster for the school. After McKinley Elementary this school is a rude awaking. We have made some classroom changes and look forward to a great ending of our first year.
YES the school bldg is very depressing-dirty white bldgs. GOT PAINT?The sidewalks and stairs have large dangerous cracks. I lived in Colorado and comparatively the buildings in Santa Monica are extremely outdated. This effects students, teachers, and staff. The greed in this town has reduced most people to living in homes that are substandard just like the schools. Amazing how that works....amazing how much money supports inadequacy.
My child has always been very intellegent, athletic & gets good grades in school. But she was also shy & slow to warm up to new people. Since her arrival at Lincon MS she has really blossomed! She now plays several instuments, has made some new friends that could turn into life-long-friends & has joined several clubs & team sports.
If you have a child with special needs, this is not the right school.
There has been a high turnover of principals in recent years. In my opinion the school is way too strict. As far as the teachers, most were good and responded to my concerns right away, others I had to leave more than one message, and yet still there were times when my call or email was not returned at all. I was happy with this school a couple of years ago, but this last year was not a good one. In my opinion LMS is education for the masses.
Lincoln Middle School Is a wonderful learning environment for children. Not only are the teachers amazing, the whole staff is as well.
This is an excellent school, with a great focus on the whole child. Academics are stressed, but no one forgets that these students are going through the biggest growth period of their life. Our family has had two very different students receive an excellent education and very ver well prepared for high school. The teachers are some of the best in the country!
I had a horrible experience at LMS. about a fourth of all the teachers i had were great, the rest were either blah or were really bad. The people there were incredibly segregated and judgemental of one another. the rules were ridiculously strict. the campus looked depressing. every single day i spent there felt the same and i feel like i wasted 3 years of my life going to that terrible school.
We are very pleased with LMS! I am not sure if there would have been a better choice of school for our doughtier than Lincoln. There is a lot of work, yes, but that is precisely the point. She was accepted part time in a CS university, and I strongly belive we owe it all to Lincoln's learning environment and academic program. I would recommend this school to anyone.
Lincoln has been a great help to my daughter, when she needed help in her math class, the teachers/counselors were there to help even befor I could call. I know that wouldn't have happend in another school district.Thank you lincoln
The quality of Academic Programs is high, the teachers are knowledgable of individual students and senssitive to their concerns or challenges. There is a counselor for each grade who is accessible and proactive. However, there is little in the way of arts programs available. Expect to have to supplement your child's experiences at nearby places like The Brentwood Art Center or various music and dance schools in the area. Parents are definately involved and contributive to the school. The administration is very approachable with teh overall feeling that there is great care for each and every student's needs.
It is a good school. Though not as warm and community oriented as other schools in the district.
Wonderful school, great teachers. Students are challenged in all ways! Kathy Scott, the current principal is amazing!
Extremely active Parent Association. Engaging teachers. Rigorous Curriculum. High Quality Music Program.
Lincoln Middle School is an execellent place in terms of allowing students to take responsibility for their own actions, offering a broad range of subjects (including a great multidisciplinary elective program and early morning music programs), and character to exell toward high school.
An excellent middle school, with a very committed principal and similarly committed teaching staff. A large campus w/ 3 gyms, a rock climbing wall, and daily PE periods. Very involved PTSA.
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