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 I lived in Colorado and comparatively the buildings in Santa Monica are extremely outdated.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.
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.
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!