Upper School

Grades 9—12


Intellectual engagement, character development, and community are at the heart of learning in the Upper School at Lincoln. Within our rigorous and globally oriented academic program, students immerse themselves in a wide range of course offerings, both on our East Side campus and through our partner organizations in the Greater Providence area and around the world.

You might find Upper School students collaborating with peers to troubleshoot the mechanisms of a student-designed robot, reciting Shakespeare monologues on stage, dissecting the meaning of a nuanced passage in a novel, or learning to fabricate metal sculptures at the Providence Steelyard. Through these experiences they learn that no field is out of their reach, no challenge too big to tackle.

Upper School students craft individualized academic programs based on their interests and passions, built around a robust core curriculum. Small classes allow our faculty to support each student in her intellectual development while fostering an engaging, collaborative, and supportive classroom environment. Over the course of their four years in Upper School, Lincoln students evolve into confident thinkers and doers who attend top colleges and go on to make an impact.

Peter Brooks | Upper School Director | pbrooks@lincolnschool.org

Academic Program

The Upper School offers a rich and diverse curriculum to students in Grades 9 through 12. Students advance through a challenging academic program that provides an exceptional grounding in English, history, world languages, mathematics, the sciences, technology, visual arts, music, theater, and physical and health education. A wide array of electives, honors courses, and interdisciplinary offerings add depth and breadth to the academic experience and allow students to chart their own course once they have completed core requirements in each discipline.

Upper School Life

Sophomore Speaker Series

The Sophomore Speaker Series, a Lincoln School tradition, asks our Grade 10 students to speak up and speak out about a topic of their own particular personal passion. Usually running between 4 and 8 minutes, these talks are scheduled throughout the year and presented to their class peers.

Whether students are natural extroverts, unafraid to stand in front of their peers and say what's on their minds, or introverts for whom trusting their own voice is a learned skill, at every interval of our curriculum we put an emphasis on presentation an public speaking. Boldness can certainly be born, but here at Lincoln, we know it also can be built.


At Lincoln we  build time for clubs into all students’ weekly schedules. Clubs allow girls to explore issues, develop new skills, or simply relax and have fun in the middle of a busy day. Don’t see one of interest? Maybe you’ll start your own.

Below is a list of 2019 Clubs. The list changes from year to year.

Green Key Society
Quaker Council
Gender Straight Alliance
Mock Trial
Film Club
Model UN
A capella Club
Friendship Bracelet Club
Environmental Club
Science Olympiad
Girl Up
Dungeons and Dragons
Scary Stories Club
Lincoln Feminists
Debate Team


Community Curriculum Days

Several times a year our entire community comes together to explore different issues related to curriculum and current events. These events are organized by the Upper School students with support from the Center for Justice, Peace & Global Citizenship.

January, 2019: Morgan Stone Day '00: The Power of Privilege–Race and Capitalism

April, 2019: LEAP Week..Lincoln Environmental Action Program | April 22–26

April 2019: The Future is Feminist Conference 2019: So Where Do I Fit In?



Upper School News