Lincoln Elementary School (Oakland, CA)
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Re: Living in Jack London Square with kids?
About the neighborhood school: That would be Lincoln
Elementary in Chinatown. My oldest is almost ready for
kinder, and it was so frustrating that almost nothing has
been written up on BPN about Lincoln. From my neighbor in
my bldg whose child has attended K, 1st, and will be
continuing in 2nd: academically rigorous, with lots of
homework, even in K. Since the school's in Chinatown,
almost all the kids are Asian, and they start school
academically well-prepared and continue along that path with
the assistance of the teachers. By the time they finish K
they can add and subtract and read. If you adhere to test
scores, you will see that Lincoln boasts the highest Math
API score of all the Oakland public schools. Lots of field
trips (her 1st grader had 5 or 6 field trips in one school
year!). The school playground is actually the park that
sits right next to the school.
My partner and I are considering buying a home in the Oakland/Harrison neighborhood of
Oakland (a few blocks from the Whole Foods). The zoned elementary school is Lincoln
Elementary in Chinatown. I tried to look for reviews of Lincoln Elementary school but
couldn't find any on BPN. It looks like it has good CST scores and received a
national blue ribbon honor in 2010 but I'm wondering why I haven't heard of it and why
there aren't any reviews on BPN. Does anyone have recent experience with the school?
We live in (and love!) this neighborhood, so I can share what little I know about the
school--we're still a couple of years from kindergarten. Historically, Lincoln just
served Chinatown, so the school has built its success on really embracing the
Chinese-American community. The school newsletter is published in both English and
Chinese; most of the teachers speak Mandarin, Cantonese, or both; students learn
Chinese dance, Chinese instrumental music, etc. Clearly, it's worked, as the school is
incredibly high performing and has a waiting list every year for people trying to
option in. However, as a result, the student body has not been terribly diverse--one
concern for our family. (I have heard that the Lincoln parents' group recognizes and
would like to change this, though.) When Lakeview Elementary closed in 2012, parts of
the Harrison/Oakland neighborhood and Adams Point were assigned to Lincoln. There
hasn't really been enough time to see how many families here will actually choose the
school and how the school demographics may change as a result. (It would actually be
amazing if OUSD took the opportunity to make it a dual immersion school, but I haven't
heard anyone even suggest that.) Right now, the neighborhood elementary kids we know
are at a range of schools--about half are at nearby private schools, and the other
half are at other high-performing OUSD schools they got into through the Options
process. Some Lincoln pluses I do know about: the school campus is relatively new and
Lincoln Park has a terrific playground. There's talk of making it a K-8 school, which
would be great. The after-school program is supposed to be quite good. The biggest
minus for us is the distance; it doesn't feel like a ''neighborhood school.'' (Half of
our neighborhood is assigned to Piedmont Avenue Elementary, too, to further complicate
things--we also plan to take a tour there.) I hope somebody currently at Lincoln will
weigh in, since we are also a very curious prospective family!
A Harrison/Oakland mama
I asked questions about Lincoln three times in the past two years and also heard nothing. I
think this is because very few Berkeley Parents' Network families attend Lincoln, and very few
Lincoln parents read BPN.
So I did my own research and visited the school. It's an excellent school in many ways, but
it's rather traditional in teaching style. In the end I decided Lincoln was not a good fit for
us and entered the options lottery for another Oakland elementary (with lower API scores),
which we are very happy with.
Adams' Point mom
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