Lincoln School, founded in 1884, was named to honor John Larkin Lincoln, a history professor at Brown University and early advocate for equality in the education of girls and young women.
Love, Loyalty, and Lowliness–the love of individuals, humanity, learning; loyalty to others, family, school, and country; lowliness, in the ancient sense of the word, a quality of self-confidence which allows one to encourage and to respect the strengths of others.
In 1986, the students selected our mascot, the Lynx. The mascot represents the linking of school to individual and the agility and strength displayed by Lincoln’s athletic teams.
Green and white. Lincoln School is also recognizable by our beloved plaid kilt (navy, green, and white).
Lincoln Traditions and Events
Daisy Sing and Share
One morning a week, students and faculty from K–Grade 5 convene in the Lower School Library for Daisy Sing & Share. Each week, one grade has a turn leading their friends in song, announcements, and a presentation on a recent classroom topic or event. Parents are always welcome to join.
Green & White Fall Family Day
An annual fall celebration of the Lincoln community featuring activities, athletic contests, and plenty of family fun.
Lumina (and Little Lumina for Early Childhood)
Lumina is a beloved Lincoln tradition and community event prior to the December winter break, which includes a silent meeting focusing on peace, humanity, and stewardship of the Earth with references to Lincoln’s Quaker values. Students in Kindergarten–Grade 12 attend this event, which includes a candlelight procession of Grade 12, handbells, and lots of music. On the morning of Lumina, the Early Childhood students attend Little Lumina, held in the Lower School Library.
Every year on the night before Commencement, seniors gather for dinner with their parents and teachers to celebrate their class and to be welcomed to the Lincoln School Alumnae Association. The evening culminates with the tradition of Step Singing–the senior and junior classes serenade each other on the steps of the school, symbolizing the passing of leadership to the junior class.
Quaker Terms at Lincoln
Each week, students in all divisions of Lincoln–from early childhood through Upper School–attend a silent meeting, where they reflect and build community together in silence. The structure of these meetings varies by age group to ensure that students can experience and understand the practice in age-appropriate ways. For students and faculty alike, silent meeting is a priceless opportunity to slow down, unplug, and be present in the midst of their fast-paced days.
Lincoln’s educational philosophy and practices incorporate the Quaker testimonies of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, Service & Stewardship of the Earth into daily life in our community.
The Quaker Life and Education Committee (QLEC), is a committee comprised of faculty, staff, and administration. The QLEC meets monthly to review our work as a Quaker School, and to explore new opportunities for outreach and strategies for keeping our Quaker traditions and values vital and accessible within our community and beyond. All are welcome to attend these meetings.
Campus and Facilities
The Providence campus is at 301 Butler Avenue on the East Side of Providence, and is made up of Faxon Hall, the Dorothy Gifford Science Wing, the Paul and Ruth Levinger Dining Room, the Francis Wheeler Gymnasium, the Ebner, Elson, Hart Music Center, the STEAM Hub for Girls Art Gallery and classroom, Murray Middle School, the Lower School, the Little School, the Boss-McLoughlin Gymnasium, and Dwight House.
Lincoln’s outdoor athletic facilities, located at Faxon Farm (160 Danforth Street in Rehoboth, MA), features the Murray Family Athletic Complex, comprised of a state-of-the-art artificial turf field, two natural turf fields, and the Boss Family Tennis Center with six all-weather tennis courts. The site is also home to the Carriage House and Terrace, historic farmhouse, and barn.
Lincoln School Parents Association (LSPA)
The Parents Association's goals are to support Lincoln School’s philosophy, programs, and activities for the benefit of the students. It strives to build a sense of community, facilitate communication, and encourage volunteerism by providing the opportunity for any parent to be involved with the school through various projects, events, and activities. All Lincoln parents are automatically members of the Parents Association, and we welcome and encourage you to participate in any or all of our meetings, events, and activities.
This weekly email communication is the best way to be kept in the loop on current happenings, announcements, and calendar updates in all divisions at Lincoln. New families begin receiving the GreenScene in the summer months.
Green Light Blog
The Green Light is dedicated to celebrating the bold minds of Lincoln School. From original articles to the latest news, from showcasing alumnae to shining the spotlight on our students, you'll find it in the Green Light. Visit the blog and click on the orange bell to subscribe and get an email every time a new post is published!