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

A Celebration of All Things French!

At Lincoln, we believe that learning about cultures is a core part of language learning. This past week, students had the opportunity to put their knowledge of both to the test! 

The American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) recently organized the 22nd annual National French Week. This week-long celebration of all things French took place in schools, communities, and AATF chapters across the country from November 3–11, 2022, with extended activities throughout the month.

A Visit to Penikese Island: Dynamic Programming and Connections to the Classroom

We were thrilled to be able to take our entire 6th and 7th grades on a field trip to Penikese Island in Buzzard’s Bay during two recent and unseasonably warm and sunny days this fall. Working with the Penikese Island School, we boarded the boat in Woods Hole for a beautiful 40 minute trip to Penikese Island at the tip of the Elizabeth Islands (we saw seals in the water and roaming cows on the island we passed).

Connection and Community

We have fun in Middle School! One of the hallmarks of our program is building in time for socializing and just having fun! Each year we have a few movie nights with the entire Middle School. After school last Thursday, the night before the Veterans Day holiday, most of the middle school stayed after school for a movie night.  We begin with a huge and very competitive scavenger hunt; students divided up into teams in search of small animal figures hidden in every nook inside and outside the building (we may be finding them for years to come!).  We then had a pizza dinner together and made our way through many, many pies. Students voted to watch Enola Holmes 2 on the big screen in the Music Center (with lots of movie candy, of course!). We highly recommend the movie; students adored it as evidenced by the cheering during pivotal scenes throughout the movie.

Museum of Work and Culture: Grade 8 Field Trip

In 8th grade English students are examining how language can be used as a tool of both oppression and resistance. At the Museum of Work and Culture we learned about how the Quebecois of Woonsocket, RI, kept their French language alive as a tool to preserve their cultural heritage and resist total assimilation into American society. 

Middle School CAFE Collective

The CAFE Collective encompasses the Middle School’s work on diversity, equity, inclusion, and community. Rooted in The Center’s three spheres of social justice (racial, environmental, and gender), CAFE (Community Awareness for Everyone)  provides Middle School students the opportunity to address their own identity and work towards thoughtful community action.