Middle School

Grades 6—8


Middle School at Lincoln means classrooms, hallways, art spaces, sports fields, science labs, and performance spaces bustling with student activity, the exchange of ideas, and girls doing what they do best in these years: learning by doing, experimenting, and communicating. The result? Middle Schoolers who are big thinkers: smart, funny, thoughtful, courageous, and kind.

Glance into the algebra classroom and you’ll see students working together to solve complex equations. Enter a science class and you might find students down on the floor testing out the cars they built learning the laws of physics. Or stop by the meeting room to watch girls speak in Spanish together and learn salsa dance from their teacher. As they study and explore, our students develop confidence and self-advocacy skills that will serve them in Upper School and beyond.

In addition to their core academic classes, Middle School students choose from enrichment electives such as chorus, musical ensemble, visual art, and robotics. Together they participate in high ropes courses and community building, experience week-long engineering immersion programs, and, as eighth graders, travel to New York to visit the United Nations as the culmination of a human rights course. Outside of class, Middle School girls can explore their interests through extracurricular activities like the athletics, dramatic arts, and more.

Debbie Hanney | Middle School Director | dhanney@lincolnschool.org


The Middle School Curriculum

Middle School Life


Middle School News

Grade 6: Where do Stories Come From, and Why do We Tell Stories?

Two essential questions of the sixth grade year are: where do stories come from, and why do we tell stories? Throughout the year, sixth-graders explore how stories function on the page, but they also consider the importance of stories within their lives. They come to realize that stories not only follow specific patterns, but can also help explain the unexplainable. 

The Spoken Word in Grade 7

Seventh grade is a time of great change. During this transformative year, many students deepen their questions about the world as they explore who they are and begin to identify where they fit in within their community. Our spoken word unit asks students to reflect on this as they write original spoken word poems & then perform them in front of their peers. 

Grade 6 Indus River Valley Archaeological Convention

As Grade 6 History teacher Jess Kimball-Veeder explains: “The Indus River Valley research project is the first of two research projects that Grade 6 students complete. Each project challenges students to build their skills as researchers by locating salient information in a variety of print and digital sources, as well as recording organized and helpful notes. During this project students also gained their first introduction to NoodleTools, the program they used to craft bibliographic citations for each source, which they eventually added to their final bibliography. Later in the spring, the students will reinforce their understanding of the research skills that they practiced for this project as well as build upon them when they research an aspect of Ancient Rome. I appreciate that these projects allow the students to balance skill building with having fun, and this year’s Grade 6 students have amazed me with their creativity and eagerness to immerse themselves in the work. “

Unit Rates and Grade 6

Unit rates are all around us! Which size of bottled water is the best buy? If gas prices stay the same, how much would it cost to drive over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house for the holiday? If you drive at a constant rate, how long will it take to get there? How much soft ice cream can you buy for $7 if the store sells it for $0.40 an ounce?