Lower School

3 years—Grade 5


Lower Schoolers at Lincoln eagerly explore, question, and reflect. They might collect and examine sea life along the shores of Narragansett Bay, or problem-solve through a engineering design challenge. Later, they might analyze issues of social justice, hearing from a Holocaust survivor as a guest speaker. Experiences like these create critical and passionate thinkers who possess solid foundational skills. Our students learn to face and embrace problems, to be leaders, and to act as caring and cooperative classmates.

Along the way, we support children's needs and encourage their strengths by getting to know them as individuals and partnering with their parents. We celebrate their accomplishments through school-wide gatherings, fostering a sense of community and pride. Our ultimate goal is to help students become engaged, enthusiastic, and confident learners.

Debbie Hanney | Interim Director of Lower School| dhanney@lincolnschool.org
Courtney Dubois | Interim Assistant Director of Lower School | cdubois@lincolnschool.org

Early Childhood
Nursery: Oak Room
Pre-Kindergarten: Ginkgo Room

The Early Childhood program consists of two co-ed classrooms: the Oak room for three- and four-year-olds, and the Ginkgo room for four- and five-year-olds. Our approach is influenced by the internationally renowned Reggio Emilia concept of early childhood teaching and learning. Through an evolving, emergent curriculum shaped by each child’s cognitive social and physical development, children come to view school as a place of exploration and discovery.

Kindergarten–Grade 5

The Academic Program in Kindergarten through Grade 5 engages girls in active exploration of the world around them. Our curriculum is designed to reflect their interests and broaden their experiences. As they ask questions and seek answers, they are encouraged to see themselves as life-long learners.

Lower School LIfe


Lower School News


Project CHICK: Chickens Hatching in Lincoln's Kindergarten Classroom

Thanks to Casey Farm, our friends in the Kindergarten classroom are eagerly watching over an incubator of eggs, awaiting the hatching of chicks! Last Tuesday, an educator from Casey Farm visited the girls with everything needed to incubate a clutch of eggs, set up the equipment, and engaged students in a hands-on presentation about chickens and eggs. Twenty-one days later, as students observe, the chicks hatch! During morning drop-off on Tuesday, we were told by an excited friend in Kindergarten that there are only SIX days left in the countdown!

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Community Connections: Rhode Island Hospital

As a Quaker school, the SPICES—Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship—are the foundation of all we do at Lincoln. And recently, some of our Lower School friends have been able to exercise the Community piece of our SPICES. On Tuesday, Adrianne Walsh, Manager of Volunteer Services at Rhode Island Hospital visited the Lower School! She talked to Grade 1 about the respite room at the hospital and how much the staff is enjoying their acts of kindness.

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