9th Grade Seminar
This class explores issues that fall outside the standard curriculum. It equips students to make a smooth transition to Upper School. Each week, we invite different faculty members, counselors and outside speakers to talk with us about various important topics such as: adjusting to the expectations of Upper School, time management and study skills, diversity and inclusion, character/leadership development and Lincoln’s core Quaker values.
Ethical Global Citizenship and Sophomore Speaker Series
In the first quarter of the year students focus on what it means to be an Ethical Global Citizen within the context of the complex world in which we live. Students explore a number of current-day ethical dilemmas from a variety of perspectives and wrestle with the moral, social and political implications that go hand and hand with these issues. The course covers the four paradigms for ethical dilemmas- truth vs. loyalty, individual vs. community, long-term vs. short term, justice vs. mercy- as well as the ends-based, rule-based and care-based models for making ethical decisions. The course culminates in the students immersing themselves in a collaborative research project on a specific ethical dilemma from our world today.
In the second quarter of the year, students explore the art of oration and the difference between impromptu, extemporaneous, and scripted oral presentations. Students will learn how to develop informative, persuasive, and entertaining speeches while simultaneously choosing a personally relevant topic and developing a well-crafted speech for the Sophomore Speaker Series. The subject matter for these speeches will be informed by the work the students did in the Ethical Global citizenship portion of the course.
During the second half of the school year all Sophomores will have the opportunity to present a 5-7 minute speech to the Lincoln community.
Ethical Global Citizenship and the Sophomore Speaker Series is a pass/fail course that meets two times a week for a semester.
College Counseling Seminar
In this seminar students will be provided with a balanced approach to the college search and application process. Some of the topics to be explored are: building a balanced college list, writing in an authentic voice, choosing strong recommendation writers, making the most of college visits, interviewing with confidence, paying for college. By the conclusion of the course students will have completed a rough draft of the Common Application, learned how to manage their Naviance account, and developed a deeper understanding of how to navigate the college process effectively.
Health and Human Development
This trimester-course is a seminar in health and human development that introduces a theoretical framework for health decisions. Specific health issues are addressed through debates, role-playing, videos, and discussion. Topics covered include decision making, pregnancy and birth control, infectious diseases, sexuality, self-defense and nutrition. Community speakers are invited to the class who have expertise in different fields of community health. The speakers also emphasize good decision-making and empower the students to become positive contributors to society. All students are certified in "hands only student CPR" through a school partnership with the Red Cross.
Grades 11 and 12
Public Speaking is a semester long course exploring the art of live vocal presentation of prepared thought. We read, write, listen to, and speak three types of speeches in three styles of presentation. Using impromptu, extemporaneous, and scripted preparations, students work on informative, persuasive, and entertaining speeches. This is a pass/fail course, with the hope that students will boldly try new approaches with less fear of failure.
Senior Service Project
The Lincoln School Senior Service Project (SSP) is intended to provide seniors a period of transition between Lincoln School and college matriculation, and is an important opportunity for skill building and self-realization. The unique nature of this service project presents each girl with the opportunity to provide service to an organization or individual for a period of two weeks (a minimum of 45 hours) in May. Each girl will select from a wide range of service opportunities, including a group service trip outside the area, or she may research and commit to a project of her own design. This time of service, regardless of setting, encourages independence, commitment and introspection as well as a willingness to work hard and contribute to the mission of the organization.