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Lincoln Middle School3
Posted August 16, 2013
- a parent
Most of the teachers are great, they have a good communication with students. "The more the teacher connects or communicates with his or her students, the more likely they will be able to help students learn at a high level and accomplish quickly." Unfortunately, some teachers at Lincoln don't really care...
Hate to agree with a previous post but there are several teachers there who should do the students a favor and change careers. They seem to be there just counting down to retirement. Now not all of them are like that( Mr. Alms has to be mentioned for his enthusiasm and effectiveness with the students). As for activities, I would say average but nothing special. Coaches in some sports are exceptional. Coaches in other sports are well, let's just say the rec league VOLUNTEER coaches would out coach them. Too bad the district doesn't improve the building. For being Mount Prospect, this school is old and less than ideal. The lunchroom is an underground cave. The locker rooms are gross and the main gym is a joke. Schools in supposedly worse neighboring towns have way better buildings and technology. ( i.e. River Trails and Holmes). Overall, lower than expected for location but I guess it's better than most city schools.
I've had three children attend Lincoln and I can't feel more positive about their experience. They have been challenged academically and have learned so much. All have participated in honors courses, which many students are encouraged to do, sports (Mr. Schafer and Ms. Elzer are awesome coaches), and music. The staff, teachers, and administrators are very accessible and extremely dedicated.
I have two children that go there. One in an enrichment program and another regular student. The curriculum lacks challenges and does not develop the student. It substantially lacks in addressing core writing skills. There is no solid literature program. The science curriculum is weak. No comprehensive text book to form the basics of science is available. On the other hand, the math program, although different from most, is credible and the teachers who teach math do a good job. The enrichment program for weaker students is OUTSTANDING!! Social studies is also a weak program from a curriculum standpoint. The school needs to emphasize personal responsibly and less concern about social development. The kids are are there for an education which includes learning about being responsible and discipline. There are some good teachers, but most seem like they are there for the above average paycheck.
My daughter had a wonderful experience at Lincoln. Teachers used a team approach to provide a personal environment. She received the tools necessary for great success at Prospect High School, and college next year. They really are dedicated to our children and I feel fortunate to have such a wonderful school in our community!
I agree with the comments that the teachers are way to comfortable and ineffective. The team concept allows teachers to gang up on students rather than work through issues. The teaching method requires a great deal of homework, 3-4 hours a day. Any minor infraction results in a detention since its the only method they can find to encourage positive behavior. Its not really a positive environment for learning.
Resting on their Laurels and playing favorites. The mixed reviews that I've read from other parents completely reflects the attitude at Lincoln. If your child happens to be a favorite of the teachers then you will have a great experience at Lincoln. If not, then your child is treated as a non-entity. All of my children have gone to Lincoln. Some with success but one who was not allowed to be successful. He is unfortunately not a favorite of the teachers. Too bad the school received accolades a couple of years ago as they haven't done anything to impress the population since then. Total lack of leadership and no consequences when blatant favoritism by the teachers keeps kids out of activities and from realizing their full potential.