Lincoln Elementary offers two learning options: Traditional Elementary and Montessori. Both programs have strong curriculums that adhere to data-driven best practices and ensure students receive outstanding instruction that develops the whole child. Below you will find our school wide offerings; to learn more about our two educational tracks, visit the Montessori and Traditional Elementary pages.
Every week, elementary students visit the Innovation Lab and Library, and participate in art, drama, music and physical education. These learning opportunities compliment our Montessori and Traditional Elementary curriculums and are foundational to the education we provide at Lincoln.
Lincoln’s Physical Education program focuses on cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development. Learning to live a healthy lifestyle, practicing teamwork and sportsmanship, developing coordination and gross motor skills, elevating heart rates and having fun are all important aspects of our PE curriculum.
Our visual arts program encourages students to express themselves through a variety of mediums, techniques and conceptual frameworks.
Lincoln students are exposed to a variety of theatrical experiences through our Drama curriculum that includes acting, dance, musical theatre and performances. Drama instruction encourages collaboration and teamwork while building self confidence and an appreciation for the arts. Throughout the year, music and theatrical performances are produced for the Lincoln community in our historic theatre.
Lincoln’s music program capitalizes on children’s natural interest in and appreciation for music. Our curriculum increases students’ understanding of music by teaching them to recognize musical elements, keep rhythm and read sheet music. Lincoln students enjoy expressing themselves through sound and movement while developing their nonverbal affective communication.
Lincoln has a fleet of keyboards with headphones which are popular with older students, who have the opportunity to receive keyboard instruction.
Kindergarten through 6th graders visit the library weekly to delight in books and hone their information gathering skills. Our librarian passionately curates a diverse collection of classic titles and new releases, and is dedicated to facilitating joy, wonder and a life-long love of reading in our students.
Lincoln’s Gifted and Talented teacher is based in our Innovation Lab, where classes and small groups meet throughout the week to work on special projects.
Throughout our school, we cultivate a nurturing, academically challenging and developmentally appropriate learning environment that provides resources to meet each child’s needs.
All Lincoln students receive daily instruction in our school-wide social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum, Kindness in the Classroom, from Random Acts of Kindness. Our School Values align with the SEL curriculum, which provides age-appropriate lessons for students on respect, caring, inclusiveness, integrity, responsibility, and courage.
SEL is interwoven throughout our school – within the classrooms, in the support our administrators and specialists provide, and in the way we engage our community. Research shows that utilizing a SEL approach in schools improves student achievement and prosocial behaviors and reduces depression and stress. This approach is particularly effective in partnership with families.
At Lincoln, students have access to a Restorative Justice Coordinator, School Psychologist and School Psych Intern, all of whom are instrumental in supporting our educators and their students in social emotional growth within and beyond the classroom.
Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), previously known as RtI or SIT, is a problem-solving process that helps students by providing them with tiered levels of supports or intervention. It helps educators by identifying students who need additional academic and/or behavioral support and interventions as well as students who may need to be formally evaluated for specialized or special education services.
Students who are in MTSS may receive support from one of our dedicated reading or math interventionists. As part of the MTSS team, the interventionists specialize in providing targeted support for students who are not yet meeting grade-level expectations utilizing the Bridges math intervention curriculum and the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading.
You can read more information about MTSS in our Parent’s Guide to MTSS.
Our Special Education teacher works full-time to meet the needs of students who have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) by providing a continuum of services to meet the needs of students with disabilities. These supports are offered to all Lincoln students, Traditional Elementary and Montessori alike. The Special Education teacher also serves as a resource for classroom teachers to help differentiate instruction for students. Students are referred for special education evaluation by the MTSS team or by parent request (in writing).
Additionally, students who qualify may receive support a related service provider, including our Speech Language Pathologist and Occupational Therapist. Click here to learn more.
The GT teacher is at Lincoln half time to provide weekly groups with students, and work with classroom teachers to differentiate support for students who have been identified as GT/HGT. Additionally, this position benefits a broader range of learners in the Innovation Space, which elementary students visit weekly.
Students in kindergarten, second grade, and sixth grade are given a universal screener for GT services, however parents may request testing outside of these grades if they would like by completing this nomination form: Gifted and Talented Nomination form.
The DPS GT department website offers a more detailed look at the identification process, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org with other questions.
Enrichments are offered after school and include classes in: Spanish, computer coding, cooking, piano, art, sports and more! Click here to learn more.