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.

Ianthe Hershberger | Director of Lower School | ihershberger@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


Starry Starry Night

Last week, the Ginkgo class and Lower School students came back to school with their grownups for a magical evening of collaborative activities involving light and shadows. Kids were greeted by faculty with glow stick bracelets and a menu of activities including shadow puppets, light tables, making constellation covers for their flashlights, decorating lanterns, and a dance party! It was great to see friends of all ages enjoying the lights, pizza, and activities side by side. To close out the night, everyone gathered outside in the courtyard to be serenaded by the Grade 4 and 5 students in attendance. 

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Living our Quaker Values

Lincoln’s educational philosophy and practices incorporate the Quaker testimonies of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equity, and Stewardship (SPICES) into the lives of its students and faculty. Lower School students have been teaming up with their Big and Little Sisters to brainstorm, plan, and execute student-led projects inspired by the SPICES. 

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Please Welcome!

We are pleased to announce that Kate Rezendes, who graduated in 2001, has returned to the Lincoln community as an Administrative Assistant for Little & Lower Schools. We are excited to have her as part of the team! Please say hello to Kate the next time you are in Lower School. She is eager to meet everyone!

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Grade Five is Inspired by Trailblazers

During their study of the Women’s Rights Movement in Social Studies, Grade 5 students learned about key individuals and events in the women’s suffrage movement. To introduce the unit, students read picture books that highlight the achievements of various suffragists including Amelia Bloomer, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Esther Morris, and more. They also read a biography of Susan B. Anthony to learn about biographies as a genre.

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