Our daughter has been at Abraham Lincoln for 3 years now (grades 1-3). We have been uniformly impressed by the school, in particular the quality of the teachers and the high level of parental involvement. The qualities that make this school so wonderful are not the obvious, quanitifable ones (test scores, student-to-teacher ratio, etc), though Lincoln holds its own in these areas, but in the care, attention to detail, and esprit de corps of the place. Everyone, from the principal to the teachers, students and parents, cares deeply about the school. To give an example, in second grade, our daughter's teacher organized a toy drive for children in Tanzania, and her daughter, a member of the Peace Corps, personally delivered the toys. There are many other stories like this. We really feel our daughter is becoming a 'citizen of the world' at this school, learning far beyond the standard curriculum.
I agree with the 12/14/07 poster. This is an excellent public school but it is still a public school. The point about the teachers union I think simply means that the teachers will not be uniformly excellent. The more important point is that roughly 10% of Lincoln students in our experience (three years) are disruptive or 'acting out'. You have to be a really excellent teacher, as was our 2nd grade teacher, to create a great environment for learning despite 2-4 students being incorrigibly off-task and attention-needy. But the overall environment, including the diversity of student personalities and attitudes, is one of Lincoln's great _positive_ features. Real life involves making success with sometimes anarchic situations and imperfect but real people.
For a neighborhood public school in a big city Lincoln is outstanding. Measured against schools in more affluent subsurbs or even the city's elite gifted schools it holds its own but is not at the very top tier. Highly involved parents and fairly affluent district boundaries relieve some of the financial pressure an urban school might face. Fund raising is continuous but the result is better equipment and facilities. I sympathize with the reviewer whose child had a negative experience but you have to realize that a big bureaucracy and strong teachers union create challenges. You have to be more aggressive than you would in a smaller suburban or private school. Follow the protocol but don't be afraid to escalate your concerns to the principal or area level quckly.
I'm in the 7th grade and all the teachers are wonderful and they won't let you fail. None of the teachers will. I must admit it is a little crowded but other than that, it's an excellent school with excellent teachers.
We were terribly disappointed in Lincolon Elementary. Although we had heard wonderful things about Lincoln Elementary, we found that safety and academic quality were lacking. We reported numerous problems with our child being verbally and physically bullied by one specific child, but we felt the school did very little to address the problem. My daughter's first grade teacher was mediocre at best. Her second grade teacher was little better, but certainly not of the caliber we expected, given Lincoln Elementary's reputation. Parent involvement in the school is very high, so that was one positive.
This School is exceptional! My child is very well educated. I love all the programs this school has like the school's impressive band and sports program. There are so many ways for parents to volunteer too!! it's an amazing school and I am very proud to send my child there.
Lincoln has everything: music, art, French, P.E., recess, small class sizes in the lower grades (this is a recent development), band, chorus, afterschool programs starting from 3rd grade up, and committed teachers. There are a myriad of opportunities for parental involvement in the classroom as well as at events like science fairs, book sales, spring auction, etc. The classroom work is challenging because the children come from relatively affluent families, most of whom could pay for private schools but choose Lincoln instead. Best of all, we can walk to school and my daughter has become friends with dozens of kids who all live in our neighborhood.
Lincoln is a wonderful neighborhood school. The parental involvement is great...a real sense of community in a big city. There is a great deal expected of these kids. The curriculum is advanced and accelerated. If your child is an average student, they are likely to feel behind. If your child is advanced, they will be challenged every day. I am thrilled my kids go to an academically superior school with kids from all different backgrounds. Its great prep for 'real life'.
Parents are very involved. Class sizes are above 25 for most grades. Teachers seem to have long tenure at school; same with administrators and staff. Facilities are historic.
It's great. The Open Court Reading Program is one of the best per literacy experts and used here.
Overall it is a good neighborhood school. At least all my neighbors like it. But I am concerned about their course work. The students seemed not that interested and involved in their course works. And I do hear stories of students being bored at class and reading novels in math class, etc. The principal was not listening to your questions and always replied in a very political way. The students who are in preIB are totally different than those who are not. But overall, it still has its good reputation.
Lincoln has 3 schools within the school, neighborhood, pre-IB for 6-8th graders and EFAC. French school K-8th for native french speakers. All programs are good. Also available is great band program 5-8, tution based and sports programs for 5-8 (mostly parent run)
Really high level of parent involvement. The PTA sponsors the art teacher. There is music class and band practice. The school really emphazises the humanities. french is the foreign language taught since Kindergarden. There is a climbing wall in the gym. Afterschool activities such as basketball and running. Excellent neighboorhood school.
Great institution ! My child received excellent preparation and now is applying for the best high schools in the city.
Lincoln is a wonderful neighborhood school with an extremely competent principal.
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