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Lincoln’s Secondary School prides itself on ensuring that all students receive a rigorous, intellectually stimulating and multifaceted education that prepares young people for the increasing demands of the 21st century. Our goal is to foster an enduring curiosity in our students that will enable them to broaden their intellectual limits and acquire the skills necessary to continue their education in the university setting and beyond.Lincoln’s teachers do not simply move through a prescribed set of curricular objectives. Instead, students engage, question and analyze as they work their way through problems, projects and ideas. Teachers help students to discover knowledge, to interact with their education, and to work together in search of novel solutions to complex problems. As a result of this process, students are better able to apply the skills and lessons learned inside the classroom when faced with unknown challenges after they leave Lincoln School. Whether they’re immersed in the theories of Newton, captivated by the language of Shakespeare, or inspired by the masterworks of Michelangelo, students participate in the learning process - as they must participate in the world around them.
The secondary school is not just an academic institution and not merely a place that nurtures the love of learning, but is the defining community in the lives of our students, parents and teachers. During the instructional day, an intellectual atmosphere pervades the campus. But after-school and on weekends, Lincoln resembles a university or a summer camp - students play sports, participate in clubs, edit the school newspaper, rehearse for dances or dramatic performances, or simply hang out with friends - perhaps listening to music and enjoying the modern facilities. Since the Lincoln campus is the setting in which young people spend the majority of their time, we try to accommodate both the academic and recreational needs of our families as much as possible.
Lincoln’s Secondary School aims to provide a demanding and yet supportive educational experience that culminates in the granting of an American High School Diploma. Lincoln enrolls approximately 90 students in Grades 9-12 and provides a complete college preparatory program with a wide selection of electives and extra-curricular activities. The school day runs from 8:00 to 3:10 and is organized on a rotating schedule.
Our primary objective is to equip students with the skills, knowledge, and values necessary to succeed in institutions of higher education and to constructively participate in the global community. To achieve this goal, teachers draw from a variety of instructional strategies and resources in an effort to optimize the match between students’ varied learning styles and best instructional practices. We offer an array of academic courses, including a wide array of Advanced Placement courses, as well as electives in fine arts, creative writing and athletics. In addition, students have opportunities to compete with other international schools in music, art, math, and a variety of sporting events (SAISA). We also offer support services for students with special needs and those whose native language is not English, emphasizing an inclusion approach that allows students to receive special assistance while spending as much time as possible in traditional instructional settings. Our full-time guidance counselor works with students and parents on academic concerns, personal issues, scheduling, school transfers, and the university admissions process. The counselor provides an in-depth college counseling program with information on standardized testing, career guidance, college admissions, and financial aid opportunities. Lincoln School certainly offers a wide range of curricular choices, support services, and a very balanced academic and extracurricular program.
Dynamic Educational Experience
A quick glance inside classrooms reveals that students are participating in a truly dynamic educational experience. Students spend considerable time discussing questions in groups, collaborating with peers on projects, debating controversial issues, creating power-point presentations and using drama, music, and technology to bring learning to life - engaging in applied learning experiences, many of which require them to interact with the world around them. This hands-on approach not only enriches the quality of learning but also makes learning fun, encouraging students to continue their own education throughout their lives. Above all, we strive to instill a love of life-long learning in all of our young adults.
Developing Global Citizens
As the global community becomes increasingly interdependent, it is essential that students understand their responsibilities for the promotion of civic awareness and the improvement of the common good. Therefore, secondary students have ample opportunities to shape important school-wide decisions, organize after-school programs, coordinate community service activities, tutor peers and work with elementary children. The Student Council establishes grade-level goals for fund-raisers and community service projects. The Council helps organize assemblies, rallies, dances, after-school activities and clubs, and provides an important venue for students to raise concerns and questions. Members of the National Honor Society play a central role in advancing school-wide objectives as well. Student input is tremendously valued, as we hope to teach young people how to navigate the democratic process and live peacefully within a diverse community. Because we are a small school, students have the opportunity to participate in many school activities, and many students discover new talents and confidence as members of a diverse, articulate and empowered student body.
Explore Nepal week and United Nations Day further reinforce these ideals. To understand more about the culture of our host country, students spend a week with teachers and peers discovering the wonders of the Himalayan Kingdom. Students trek around the verdant Kathmandu Valley, build homes and bio-gas plants for the less fortunate, or raft down a stunning mountain-fed river. Our young people not only learn to appreciate the lifestyles of the Nepalese but, through various team-building activities, explore their own dreams, feelings and fears. On United Nations Day, the entire Lincoln community comes together to celebrate our differences and similarities. Parents and students proudly wear their national dress and prepare native cuisines for a magnificent buffet lunch. Students choose from an assortment of workshops facilitated by guest speakers who are experts in their fields. Forty flags posted around campus honor the countries of all of our families. This annual tradition is indeed the cornerstone of what Lincoln has come to represent.
National Honor Society
Lincoln High School hosts a chapter of the National Honor Society, affiliated with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) in the United States. A faculty committee elects members to this service organization annually on the basis of character, scholarship, leadership and service. With this prestigious honor comes a significant amount of responsibility. NHS students are expected to serve as tutors for peers in need of extra assistance, help coordinate school activities, parent-orientation, fundraisers, and other K-12 programs, and serve as role models for the entire student body.
What is undoubtedly one of the most exciting features of Lincoln’s secondary program is broadly referred to as SAISA. Each year Lincoln students participate in international tournaments in fine arts, math and a variety of sporting events, including basketball, football (soccer), volleyball, swimming, track and field, and tennis.
The Student Council is made up of two students from each grade level in the secondary school, along with other school-wide officeholders, including the student body president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Every year, the students elect representatives to coordinate activities and programs and assume an overall leadership role in the governance of the school. Council members learn about the democratic process at weekly meetings, and spend one or two weekends each year on a retreat for leadership training. The Student Council organizes dances, assemblies, and class meetings. As a liaison between the student body and administration, the Council serves as the main forum through which students can express concerns and suggestions.
In order to receive a Lincoln High School diploma, students must earn a minimum of 25 total credits. In addition, at the minimum a student must earn the following credits:
English: 4 credits
Social Studies: 3 credits
Mathematics: 3 credits
Science: 3 credits
Foreign Languages: 2 credits* (Two consecutive years of the same language)
P.E: 3.00 credits**
Computer Studies: 1 credit
Fine Arts: 1 credit
Life Skills: 1 credit
Explore Nepal: .25 each year enrolled
** P.E. credit will be awarded to high school students who participate in any of the SAISA sponsored sport programs at Lincoln. Students may accrue up to 2.00 credits through participation in extracurricular sports (SAISA). A minimum of 1.00 credits must be earned through participation in regular PE classes. In order to earn PE credit for extracurricular sports (SAISA), the student must meet the standards set by the coach.
P.E. credit can be waived upon review of the principal. Consideration is given to students who have a medical condition or a scheduling conflict that prevents the credit from being met. After school programs such as aerobics, swimming, gymnastics, etc. can be considered for participation and a waiver, but not for credit.
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