Lincoln School's Quaker Life and Education Committee (QLEC) of faculty, staff and administration works together to keep our Quaker traditions and vital and accessible within our community and beyond.
Lincoln’s educational philosophy and practices incorporate the Quaker values of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship (SPICES) into the lives of its students and faculty.
Our Quaker values inform who we are. Lincoln School came under the jurisdiction of the New England Yearly Meeting and of the Religious Society of Friends in 1924. While Lincoln School is no longer under the governance of New England Yearly Meeting, it maintains its commitment to Quaker education as an active member of the Friends Council on Education.
Lincoln’s Center for Justice, Peace, and Global Citizenship approaches new models for inclusion and belonging in keeping with our mission as a Quaker School. Lincoln's LIFE Program—Lincoln's Identity for Empowerment Program—is a scope and sequence that aids teachers in their curricular development while also supporting families in addressing issues of inclusion and belonging at home. Informed by the Friends Council on Education’s Quakerism Resource Manual for Small Friends Schools, the American Friends Service Committee's An Introduction to Quaker Testimonies, and Learning for Justice’s Anti Bias Framework and Social Justice Standards. The Center also organizes annual school-wide events such as Morgan Stone Day, LEAP Week, and Future Is Feminist Week, in addition to many others.
Quaker Values at Lincoln School
The SPICES are incorporated in many areas of the classroom, school life, and community action. Silent Meetings are held weekly in our three divisions from Early Childhood through Upper School. The structure of these meetings varies in age-appropriate ways to ensure that students are introduced to this practice in ways that are meaningful to them.
Quaker values are woven into life and learning in many ways. Grade 2 makes yearlong connections with classmates in a Quaker school in Tokyo, Grade 4 visits the Meeting House in Little Compton during its study of the Colonization of the Americas, Grade 8 focus on human rights, where equality, integrity, and community are a focus, and Grade 9 takes a course in Quaker Studies and Grade 10 applies Quaker principles in their course on Ethics.