The school is great . My son enjoys it everyday . The atmosphere is good and the study pattern is awesome. Truely like it.
I'm terribly disappointed in the half day Kindergarten. This doesn't work for families that have two parents working. Also, for my older child, there are some kids that tend interrupt the classroom and hold the class back from learning. Control in the classroom is minimal. I also find that the quality of work is not as strenuous as what I had as a child growing up in the public school system. Although we will have to pay tuition, we will explore the open houses and look at switching to a private school in Metuchen or Edison for next year where there is full day kindergarten for my youngest child, discipline for the older ones, and hopefully a more challenging curriculum.
We are giving Lincoln School one final try this year. In the past two years, they have made out my child to either be a trouble maker or very "slow" because he gets over the slow pace of the classroom (he's actually gifted). When we took him to a neurologist, as per the suggestion of the guidance counselor, teacher and principal, we found out that there is nothing wrong with my son except that he was getting bullied at school and had no one who would stick up for him. When the school was told that I was deploying during his first grade year, they offered to give him extra support within class and school activities. Instead, they decided to take advantage of me being gone (and not in the office weekly) to call my son a bully and try to punish him when he defended himself from a child that constantly bullies him. They claim to take bullying seriously, but seem to always blame the victims instead. I'm hoping this year will see changes since it's Cavuto's second year, but we shall see.
Has a very positive atmosphere since the arrival of the newest principal. They are working hard to create an environment where the children are motivated to learn. The new library is great and the use of technology in the classrooms is increasing quickly. We've had great teacher experiences!
This school is pretty overcrowded. There were multple attempts to raise funds for extension, which all failed due to residents not willing to tolerate tax increases. Teachers are not bad, trying to make the best of the situation, but limited resources don't allow to achieve better than average quality of education.
Your child's teacher and the lunch aide assigned to your child's class should be contacted regarding any concerns that you have about the fact that your child did not receive her snack and lunch to eat. If you believe that your child was pushed on purpose, contact your child's gym teacher to discuss your concerns. Teacher's at Lincoln School can be easily contacted either by leaving a message with the office staff or sending an email. If these incidents continue, do not be afraid to contact the school's counselor and discuss your concerns with him. "Bullying" at Lincoln School is not taken lightly.
I put a great review for this school on 20 Feb, 2012 with rating of 5/5. But soon after I noticed a few things that made very upset with the teachers and made me write this review. In spite of giving my daughter freshly cooked lunch in the morning of 23 Feb, she was not given the food from home yesterday and also the snack that she got from home. She carried both, the lunch and snack as usual in her lunch bag. So there was no question of her not knowing that she didnt bring food. She didnt eat any of this for the whole day and I'm not sure whether some one noticed that she has not eaten as usual or not. Also she complained that someone pushed her the same day and she fell in gym and got hurt. So to me it looks like there is something going on against her for some unknown reasons and feel that my daughter who is a very happy and helpful child generally, is being harrased in some way which is very sad. Also the teacher that I met on her parent teacher conference, didnt seem friendly at all. This is very contradictory to the review that I put just a few days back saying that the teachers are good because initially I felt it so. I am deeply disappointed at what has happened.
The teachers are very supportive. The kids feel like part of a family
The new principal is no better than the old one. Teachers don't seem to listen to parents' concerns. Principal included, they hear thru one ear & out the other. My kids are always complaining how teachers don't act themselves. They have 2 personalities. Infront of parents, they're nice but as soon as the parents walk away, they shout & scream at the kids. I've seen the principal do the same on the blacktop/bus lines in the morning.
We are disappointed at this school and moving to another school. This is our first yr here and our last. The teachers are unbearable, principal is no better.
I do agree with some of the other reviews first i do believe that mr labbe did pick and choose his favorites and was harsh on his punishments. His character training was ridiculous rewarding children with games and candy when they did wrong. By most not listening to a parents concern in regards to punishment . There are also some teachers there who do not know how to deal with a board child as they seem to teach the same thing over and over for weeks. They also believe ib hrs of homework. But dont let a few bad apples ruin it for the rest of the great teahers there who really help in the learning process hope to have a few better years now that labbe is gone and we have a new principle. Not one problenm since the change im lovin it
Great school, Staff and learning environment. management can focus more on extra curricular activities however overall a good school for your kids.
We feel we've wasted 2 yrs of our kids' life at Lincoln. They didnt learn anything. Teachers dont communicate w/parents. This is an area that needs a lot of work at this school.
This is a great school with wonderful teachers. My son went to this school and was able to learn a lot of new things. The staff is friendly and is good at answering your questions. I will recommend this school to anyone in Edison, NJ
I'm disappointed at how the school has been the past several yrs. Labbe did not bother to improve this school & compare to kids from other schools, we have a losing team. The teachers of other schools taught outside the box. We want our kids to be on top in this district & not on the bottom of the list. I hope teachers reading this will take action to do more & stay after 3:30 to help our kids.
Mr. Labbe always puts kids first and listens to the parents! I've continuously seen him go out of his way for every single child and parent that walks through the doors of Lincoln, new and old. All the children love him and he's more than welcoming to every parent and doesn't play favorites. The Connect Ed phone relay is an amazing tool to notify parents of important events. It takes away the burden on parents to have to use a phone tree for their class to get out messages, whatever they may be. They come at different times and what might be dinner for you might not be for someone else! I've only known Mr. Labbe a year and I'd stand beside him and his work any day. He's a good man and I wish I had him as a principal when I was a kid.
I am very pleased at how much my child has learned in the years he has been at Lincoln. The staff & the Principal are great and out of all the teachers my son has had, I've respected all but one. How many other parents with children in other schools can say that?
Labbe is quick to put out the fire on any kids who do not fall in his so called 'square'. Labbe does not do anything to assist newcomers but is quick to point out the negatives in a kid. Lincoln would be good if not for Labbe. Perhaps it could improve if Labbe attends a class on how to deal with newcomers or with parents w/respect. What annoys many of the parents the most was the non-emergency connectEd calls from Labbe that comes every night at dinner time. We hope Labbe will do the right thing by putting the kids first and listen to the parents.
I think some of the people that have given 3 stars or less are the ones that aren't involved and expect something for nothing. I am new to the area and my son just completed kindergarten at Lincoln last year. I couldn't be happier with the principal and the staff. Mr. Labbe attends every PTA meeting; as did I. As a parent, if you want the school to be something great for your child, you need to be involved! They really listen to the parents and work tirelessly trying to come up with new things for the kids and parents. Please attend every 3rd Monday if you have ideas - we'd love it! Also, my son had learning difficulties his first year and everyone (Mr. Labbe, the guidance counselor, the reading spclst, his teacher) helped him and they initiated otreach. Parents need to use the resources available. Lincoln is great!
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