Honestly it is hard to give Lincoln a blanket star rating.
Curriculum is 5/5 stars. The academic opportunities you'll get here are pretty stellar, particularly if you have a scientific bent.
Athletics are also 5/5 stars. There are a lot of different options from sixth grade up and teams are competitive and regularly rank on the state and national levels.
Non-athletic clubs get maybe 3/5 stars. It's pretty clear that the bulk of the money Lincoln receives goes toward athletics and STEM-type clubs. The visual/performing arts and academic/literary clubs did not receive nearly as much funding - but the staff that oversee them are very dedicated and do their best to make up for that.
Social life will either be 5/5 or 1/5 depending on the luck of the draw with your class. I agree with whoever said a few years ago that if you find yourself excluded (either intentionally through bullying or unintentionally by not finding "your" group) it can be extremely lonely and isolating. This is particularly true if you are unlucky enough to be one of the students who doesn't, say, own her own horse or have a high-ranking political relative.
I wouldn't say my experience at Lincoln was all bad, but when I was there (recently-ish, not willing to state graduation year) the social climate could be toxic. The upshot was that the education I got was first-rate and prepared me well for college and my first job.
Having ADHD, Lincoln was extremely at educating me and their "learning services" consist of putting the other learning disabled girls into a cramped room the size of a restroom and letting them basically not learn anything about how to handle their disability.
I can say without hesitation that my 7th grader loves going to school at Lincoln every single day. She skips to the car in the morning! She is a high achieving student yet is challenged academically and well supported by her teachers. At Lincoln, she is being educated not only how to determine the correct answer but investigate why. On the social front, I am often impressed with the unique, creative and thoughtful activities that my daughter and her friends are working on or planning together. Lincoln is committed to bringing out the very best in young girls and guiding them to become articulate, strong and confident women.
This is my daughter's fifth year at Lincoln and we absolutely love it! The all-girls environment, small class size, and extraordinary teachers have given her more academically, socially and emotionally than we could have hoped for! We have a wonderfully social class which has just added to the overall positive experience.
EXCELLENT. Lincoln School is the place where my daughter, who was severely bullied in a recommended public school 5th grade, thrived. It's a community as well as a school. Although resources for learning differences are limited, class size & excellent advising make a great difference for parents who can communicate their child's needs. My daughter scored in the 99th percentile for the 6th grade national admissions test & has been intellectually challenged throughout her 7 years at Lincoln, esp. in math & science. Because of Lincoln she will pursue science in college and is in her 2nd year of Robotics--something that would not have been possible in many other schools. The population is diverse because of nearby colleges and because parents of all economic levels seek it out. Lincoln's strong commitment to financial aid allowed my daughter to contribute to the school's economic diversity along with a number of her classmates. We STRONGLY RECOMMEND Lincoln School to anyone for its quality, well-rounded and empowering education.
Lincoln School has been wonderful for my daughter. She's been there since 4th grade and is in high school now. The small size is wonderful for her learning style. She has gained a lot of confidence academically. It is more economically diverse compared to some of the other private schools in the area.
My daughter is a new 9th grader. She is somewhat shy at first, and did not really know anybody coming in, but now has a great group of nice friends that she spends time with outside of school. These girls are smart, kind, funny, supportive and interesting. The 3-day retreat early in September is great fun and makes the social transition seamless. The academic work is challenging and thought-provoking, but not overwhelming. Teachers are very responsive to student and parent feedback, and use many "best practices" educational techniques such as student-led socratic discussions, hands-on science, creative group and individual project work, etc. The weekly schedule allows for up to 6 free periods to get homework done or to pursue other interests. With this flexibility, some girls double up on foreign language, take extra electives, or spend time with peers in one of many clubs. Others practice their musical instruments, spend extra time in the art studio, or enjoy a break in the lounge. The all-girls environment provides a place where girls do not have to grow up so fast, as unfortunately depicted in popular culture. Our experience thus far has been fantastic.