History & Vision

Lincoln School began in 1884 when a mother, Ann Ives Carrington Ames, decided that her daughter Daisy, and other girls like her, deserved a top-notch education at a real school. She created the Lincoln School, naming it in honor John Larkin Lincoln, a Brown University professor with a strong commitment to the education of girls and young women.

Ever since then, Lincoln has fostered and fueled bold minds in a vibrant learning community. We’re committed to remaining at the forefront of education and adapting to the demands of our changing world while still honoring our school’s core values and traditions. Beloved rituals like our annual Lumina celebration and step singing are as much a part of Lincoln as our academic innovations: Independent studies, partnerships that get girls out into the community and earning college credit, and programs to India and even Cuba.

Most recently, Lincoln has joined several peer schools in moving beyond the confines of the advancement placement curriculum—a change that allows for more of the interdisciplinary learning that’s emphasized in education today, with courses that break down the barriers between academic fields.