Lincoln School, a K-5 elementary school of over 600 students, is located in the midst of the bustling activity and busy industry of Chinatown in downtown Oakland. A large percentage of the student population comes from homes where a language other than English is spoken. The largest numbers of English Learners speak Cantonese. Lincoln School receives Title I funding, but despite the parents’ income level and second-language needs, we enjoy high academic test results with Academic Performance Index (API) scores progressing from 821 in 2001 and most recently to 961 in 2011. Many factors have led to Lincoln’s success, most significantly a partnership between students, families, and school staff. Our teachers have grown to implement many best practices, including professional learning communities (PLC), standards-based instruction, critical thinking, and student engagement strategies. High expectations abound at Lincoln and students work hard to live up to this high standard of academic excellence. 2010 Lincoln was awarded the U.S. Department of Education’s highest award – the Blue Ribbon Award. Lincoln is the first non-charter school in the history of the Oakland Unified School District to have received this award.
Lincoln Elementary’s vision is a model school where students, teachers, staff and community members collaborate to promote student mastery of a challenging curriculum. Lincoln students will become creative, critical thinkers and blossom into caring citizens of a global community. Our mission is to inspire and challenge students to excel academically and socially through our guidance and positive modeling. We will continue to use our bilingual and English immersion programs to provide effective instruction in a nurturing environment where all students receive equal access to a rigorous curriculum.
2010 National Blue Ribbon School