When we relocated to Albany from Pittsburgh, real estate agents & recruiters directed us to the two well known private schools in the area and never mentioned Lincoln. I found Lincoln through GreatSchools.org. After one visit my husband and I were blown away with the high standards/expectations for students, caring teachers, requirement of parent involvement, student use of technology, and well mannered students. Although the school is "in the hood" I feel my child is very safe there. My child is in the 2nd grade and has adjusted very well. His first day of school was met with some issues of exclusion because he was new. Lincoln teachers/administration cleared that up the very next day and we have had no other issues. In addition, within 2 weeks of starting school, he went from reading "like a robot" to reading very smoothly and fluently. It was amazing! I have all good things to say. I did, however, have to come to terms with the amount of homework given. But I see the benefits. These students are taught strategies to succeed in their courses. I've read some of the previous negative reviews, but keep in mind the age of the reviews. Administration has changed. My whole family loves Lincoln. We find great value in this school and we made the right decision.
If academic scores is your only reason for choosing a school, this is the best school in Albany. However, if you ever have a problem or disagree with administration over any concern you may have that will affect your child's learning environment, don't expect to gain much support. You will be reminded that Lincoln is a school of choice, and you can take your child to another school if you don't agree with their decision, even if you are right to be concerned. Beware! The same rules do not apply to everyone! Over the past ten years that I have had children in this school, I know many, many parents who have removed their children for this reason and others. All the information you need to see the REAL issues with the school system as a whole is to read the local newspaper over the past couple of years.
If I could put a negative rating, I would. While the school's academics are outstanding, their concern for the children is lacking. There is nothing wrong with playing popular music at school events but when that music has content that is so repulsive that I cannot repeat it on this review there should be a big concern. I was assured that the Principal reviews all the music. This concerns me since what I heard playing at a school event for first graders were the so-called clean versions of the songs. This was not an isolated incident. There were at least three songs with repulsive lyrics being played to 6 year olds. The school said that they would have to have a DJ clean up the "clean" versions. WHY ARE YOU LETTING 6 YEAR OLDS LISTEN TO MUSIC THAT THE "CLEAN" VERSIONS ARE STILL INAPPROPRIATE? Maybe they should be listening the music that the only version is CLEAN.
This is our daughter's second year at Lincoln and we are very satisfied. The school is not located in the best area, but I can assure you that staff members work hard to provide safety for the students. My husband and I are highly satisfied with the education our daughter is receiving at Lincoln. If they could add some type of excel/gifted program to include lower grade levels that would be an added bonus!! Keep up the good work, Ms.Holmes(principal), Mr.Fowler(AP), and all of the staff..including the custodial workers! They're GREEEAT!
The school is a magnet school that stresses academics. In my opinion that is what kids need today to succeed in college and in my house college is not an option if you want to succeed in today's world. All the teachers there are great and they really seem to want to make a difference with the kids!
Majority of the staff at the school are very professional. I love this school. I just wish that even though these are all very smart kids, that they would have a better reward system like trophies for certain achievements instead of everybody just getting certificates.