Lincoln Elementary is a high quality school and it is located in a beautiful neighborhood!
I had two children go through Lincoln, one graduated and we've moved the second to a private school. Academics are good, but I completely agree with other comments that if a child is on either side of the bell curve Lincoln is not the right place. Any north side school pulling from gentrified areas will be a good school like Lincoln. There is a great deal of test prep and standardized testing throughout the year. No extended day options. Traffic and congestion horrible for dropping off and picking up. The whole addition vs. boundary change thing is ruining this once tight community, tensions are high and it is too nasty for our taste. Walking to the University was not a great solution, though it did keep class sizes more reasonable. Personally I think redistricting of future families to one of the 3 nearby magnet schools was the answer. Principal has become less and less approachable in recent years. More classrooms would be good, though I have heard that new developments in the North Avenue and Clybourn area will be districted to Lincoln once the addition is built, maybe that is what justified the large addition.
I am limiting my review to the IG program only. We were admitted last year and my child went for 6th grade. We have since left since we got accepted to an academic center for 7th and 8th grade. I wish I had understood better how the whole thing would work with the children walking a few blocks away for part of their classes everyday. It was not so bad, but the weather in the winter made it difficult and they lost a lot of class time. The program seemed good, they definitely worked at a faster pace than our neighborhood school, but I thought the curriculum would focus more on in depth analysis of subjects, instead it was a lot of busy work and volume of work, and I really was not impressed in the science and technology areas. The school seems to be divided over the addition. If I had to do it over again I would have left my son where he was for 6th grade then gone to the academic center. I don't think it was all that valuable to switch to the IG program. I would recommend that any family who is thinking of going in for just middle school think twice until they get their space issues worked out.
As neighborhood schools in CPS goes this is as good as it gets. Well funded by parents and most students are coming from households where the parents have at least college, most advanced degrees. Overcrowded, primarily because they are now capturing more children in a very large, very dense neighborhood boundary, but still many out of district IMHO smaller school, k-8 700 students or under much preferable to school of 1100. Playground on roof okay, no basketball, swings etc. allowed. Space for unstructured, independent play on the playground before and aftr school will be missed. No before or after school care options and an 8:45 a.m. start make it difficult for working families. Education is fine, test results stellar..but you would expect great test scores given the raw material the teachers are working with and the extra funding from parents. It is too bad that a better solution to the overcrowding could not be found for the community. Would much prefer more neighborhood schools in LP where children can walk , there are so many magnets in the area.
Lincoln Elementary is a great school because its teachers are so dedicated. They go the extra mile to help Lincoln's students achieve. Many of them are parents themselves so they speak with experience, knowledge and empathy. Lincoln is awesome!
The principal has been doing a poor job communicating with parents. I got almost no feedback on my child's progress in the conference. I feel the teacher barely knows who my child is. Maybe because the class size is 32.
This is still a CPS school and adheres to the same CPS bureaucratic agenda that is expected of all CPS schools. So, in that sense, it is not special. IN other words, same overtesting, common core, NWEA BS that has been proven to be useless for children. It is only helpful to the ones making those tests. They are profiting off of our children. The parent involvement is high, enough that the school has now gotten approval to expand. There seems to be an elitist mentality here and the Principal I dont know enough to comment about. My child loves school, and I guess for CPS this is the best it is going to get. I do not think the teachers and Principal do a good job of collaborating with the parents. Parents know their children best. No one asked for a snapshot of my child's strengths and they have not identified my childs strengths. A good school/great teachers will do that. Dont expect it here. I just get the standard report card, and comparing to the norms. You will be find that at any school, even if you pay for it. But otherwise my child is just a "brick in the wall".
Question for parents at the school....is the October 5th post representative of the mindset of the families at the school? And this is coming from an upper middle class, right-leaning white male that is relocating his family to Chicago....wow.
Lincoln School is a nice School ,my daughter attend one year and has a quick improve at math and english. It's very helpful for her.
Lincoln is the best neighborhood school in Chicago area. Strong leadership and vision from the principle, excellent teachers, active parents. It has low percentage of blacks and Hispanics, very low percentage of low-income students. In terms of students exceeding state standards, it outperforms all magnet schools and even a few selective enrollment schools. At least as good as the schools from the burbs. Imaging what the rumored $30~50 mil new building could do for the school.
Lincoln is a wonderful school. The teachers are engaging and the children have fun while being challenged. There are numerous field trips throughout the year beginning in first grade, and in addition, numerous guest speakers, presenters, and performers are brought in. The children receive a well-rounded education that prepares them to enter the most competitive high schools in Chicago.
Had to laugh at May 17 poster who missed the point entirely- if your child gets into a selective enrollment (college prep) HS in Chicago they are definitely on the right hand side of the curve. The May 2 poster AGREES WITH YOU!!! It sounds like the May 2 poster had one child like the May 17 poster and another who needed assistance and the school fell down. Hard to disagree with a single family who has experienced both the good and bad at one school.
I have to strongly disagree with the 5/2/13 posting - this school is a real gem! The teachers and principal are committed to excellence in education as well as personal development of the children. My child transferred to Lincoln in 4th grade from a highly regarded, private school in Lincoln Park and is now thriving - getting good enough grades to be accepted into a college prep high school. No school is perfect but for a public school, this comes pretty darn close.
This is a great school if your child is on the right hand side of the bell curve. Strong fundraising means techers never lack for equipment or supplies. Teachers are decent and along with dedicated room parents things are pretty good. Sports and band programs are solid. However if your child is below the mean Lincoln's ability (and sadly among some staff, willingness) to help isn't great. One of our kids has had a wonderful experience but our other has been poorly served. If you're willing to push and work the system it's a pretty good school but if you think you can go on autopilot and be assured the school is watching out for your below average or special needs child you're making a sad and dangerous mistake.
I would like to clarify the misleading information in the 3/19/13 review. My first grader is in the classroom NEXT TO the boiler room (no class meets IN the boiler room), which was a music room for years. Not only is there a window in the room, but it is the only classroom with a second exit (fire door) that goes directly outside to the back of the school - - something I took comfort in the day that a gunman went into Sandyhook Elementary. Also, there are only 23 students in each of the first grade classes - - pretty wonderful for a CPS school. As for the kindergarten, there are two full-time, experienced kindergarten teachers in one over-sized classroom (specially designed for kindergarteners) teaching about 18 kids each. Again a nice student-teacher ratio. There's no question that having full-day kindergarten at Lincoln next year will put additional pressure on the school, but having more space available at DePaul for the older grades will help the school to address this challenge next year and possibly beyond. I have been a parent at this school for many years and, while it is not the small school it was when we first arrived, it has done well as the population swelled.
Lincoln was a great school but the overcrowding situation is deteriorating the quality of the school. A first grade class now meets in the boiler room with no windows, half the library was taken away last year and now they are talking about taking away the full library for next year. We lost the music classrooms and now band meets in the auditorium at the expense of assemblies and opportunities for kids to gain experience on stage. Currently there are 36 kindergarteners meeting in a single classroom. With the mandated full-day kindergarten the situation is worse. We know the principal and teachers will do their best, but a school with no library and no music classroom cannot be a great school.
I have no idea why so many people think this school is so great. We were here for 5 years and had very few good experiences. It is over crowded, the principal is not approachable. I contacted him about an issue and his response was sorry to hear about that and left it at that. The french program is a joke! The school spends so much time preparing for the ISATs that the kids get stressed out! I could go on and on about all the problems at this school. They boast about having smart boards in all the classrooms but all that means is the teachers play videos on them for the kids. My kids came home with terrible headaches almost everyday from them. Don't let test scores fool you! There are only a few teachers here that are amazing. If you think knowing how to take a standardized test and filling in test bubbles properly are skills your child needs then this is a great school. If you want your child challenged and given positive criticism then avoid this school. Some one said that the principal is great with the kids. I have to strongly disagree. I personally saw him screaming, yes screaming at kindergarten children.
Wonderful school, wonderful principal. Principal sets high expectations but also has sense of humor that makes him approachable and establishes rapport with kids and parents alike. Parents welcoming, incredibly involved resulting in multiple enrichment opportunities unavailable in other schools. Band program a great program for all kids (with funding for those who can't afford an instrument) - whether your kid is a superstar musician or just wants to participate, they'll get a lot out of it. Separate music teacher and band teachers all first rate. Core subjects all strong, absolutely filled to the gills with teachers who strive for more.
This school is fantastic. They have a fun, active school, with Junior Great books, sports, music and art. They also begin French in kindergarten. There is a bit of overcrowding, because everyone is trying to move into the area. It is a great since of community and friendship, where people are willing to help each other out. The school is extremely clean but dated. They have smartboards that the FOL raised funds for and they encourage summer reading.
My son is a third grader at Lincoln. This school is excellent. Great teachers, good environment, and very engaging parents. The academic progress is very competitive. We are lucky to go to this school because this is better than a lot of private schools!
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