• Upper School
Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

On Wednesday, November 30, Grade 8 students spent the day visiting Lincoln’s Upper School. The visit day is a yearly tradition which gives our current Grade 8 students the opportunity to experience a day in the life of the Upper School, learn about the wide range of classes and extracurricular activities that lie ahead for them, and start the process of preparing for the exciting transition ahead. 

Students had the opportunity to visit a combination of classes (check out the full list below!). They were encouraged to visit classes that piqued their interest as well as areas of study that were completely new to them. The goal of the day is to step outside of your comfort zone and to practice making thoughtful choices, a central component of the Upper School experience.

Here’s what our Grade 8 students had a chance to experience: 

Advanced Latin
Advanced Physics
Advanced Rock Band
African Studies
Arabic 1
Chemistry Honors
Engineering and Design
English 11
French 3
Geometry Honors
History 10
Marine Biology
Precalculus Honors
Studio Art
Transparent Anatomy—Life Drawing

When our Grade 8 students move into Upper School they will have the chance to develop a four-year academic plan. Every year, they revisit and adjust these plans as their passions and intellectual capacities grow and change. 

“This is such an exciting moment for these students to start to see themselves as Upper School students, and to envision all of the amazing opportunities that await them in their next stage at Lincoln. From our dynamic academic program, to competitive interscholastic athletics, to clubs, arts offerings, and our global and partnership programs, the Grade 8 visit day really kicks off the process of the students transitioning into the next phase of their educational journeys,” said Peter Brooks, Lincoln Upper School Director. 

In addition to visiting classes, Grade 8 students had a session with the adult leaders of our Model United Nations, Debate, and Mock Trial clubs learning about the exciting off-campus, inter-school competitions, and conferences that the club members experience. They met with an Upper School student panel to discuss Lincoln’s partnership programs with the Brown University School of Engineering, The Steelyard, and the Wood’s Hole Marine Biological Laboratory. They also had the opportunity to ask questions to our Director of Global Programs, Dr. Barret Fabris, on our exciting new programs to Morocco and Puerto Rico.

All in all, the visit day was a great success and we are so excited to welcome all of our current Grade 8 students to Lincoln’s Upper School in the fall of 2023!