Beyond the AP

Beginning in the fall of 2017 Lincoln moved beyond the confines of the Advanced Placement curriculum. This decision was made after more than a year of exploration and consultation with lots of thought about what it means to offer rigorous, healthy, and balanced courses. This change aligns with our mission as an independent, Quaker school for girls that’s globally focused and forward-thinking—and will best prepare our students for the 21st-century world.

Communications about moving beyond the AP


Avoiding academic rigor mortis

Providence Business News
October 19, 2018

The world is changing, and with it, education. Today’s children are taught with Smart Boards instead of chalkboards, in virtual classrooms instead of one-room school houses. And instead of preparing students for a particular profession, educators must prepare them for jobs that don’t yet exist. Read more

Is the Advanced Placement Program Losing its Luster?

East Side Monthly
December, 2016

Since its inception in 1955, the Advanced Placement (AP) program has offered college-level courses and exams to high school students throughout the United States and Canada. In theory, the classes prepare students for college coursework and offer an opportunity to earn college credit. Read more

"Making the Choice to Drop AP Courses at Lincoln School"

Rhode Island Public Radio
April 19, 2016

Advanced placement – or AP – courses are offered in many high schools as a way for students to take college-level classes and impress college admissions officers. Over the past decade, the number of students taking these challenging courses has nearly doubled. But one private high school in Rhode Island is saying no more to the AP. Lincoln School in Providence plans to stop offering AP courses in the fall of 2017. Lincoln Head of School Suzanne Fogarty discussed the decision with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison. Listen HERE.