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


Spotlight on Community Partnerships: Save the Bay

The following is a guest blog post written by Grade 1 Teacher Jennie Green and Assistant Teacher Sheila Hallisey. Thank you, Jennie and Sheila!

Grade 1 students have participated in two field trips to Save the Bay so far this year. On the first adventure, the class went to Colt State Park in Bristol, RI, to explore a salt marsh, sandy beach, and rocky shore. Three amazing Save the Bay staff members guided the students in their hands-on experience. They were incredibly knowledgeable about the plant and animal life in the region.

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Coding Carnival in Lower School

Monday, December 6 kicked off the Week of Code at Lincoln School! All of our students from our littlest learners through Upper School participated in the weeklong coding extravaganza. There were two guest speakers for our Middle and Upper School, and a Coding Carnival in the Lower School Library!

Lower School students explored a variety of robots, coding programs, and problem-solving software this week with Erin Broderick, Instructional Technology Specialist, and Meagan Lenihan, Lower School Librarian. 

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Lower School Students Benefit From Community Partnerships at Extended Day

Community - ask anyone at Lincoln what their favorite thing about our school is and they’re likely to mention our incredible community. Our community extends farther than our students, faculty, and families. We engage with our greater Providence and Rhode Island community members both inside and outside of the classroom, and our extended day programs are no different.

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