Lincoln School (Providence, Rhode Island)

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Lincoln School
Providence, RI, USA
Coordinates 41°49′59″N 71°22′59″W / 41.83306°N 71.38306°W / 41.83306; -71.38306Coordinates: 41°49′59″N 71°22′59″W / 41.83306°N 71.38306°W / 41.83306; -71.38306
Type Private,
Motto Love, Loyalty, Lowliness
Religious affiliation(s) Quaker
Established 1884
Head of school Ann Sullivan (interim)
Faculty 102
Enrollment 400 total
Average class size 13 students
Campus Urban
Color(s) Green and White
Athletics 10 sports
Mascot The Lynx

Lincoln School is a liberal arts college preparatory day school for girls nursery through twelfth grade, located near Wayland Square in Providence, Rhode Island.


Founded in 1884 by Mrs. William Ames, whose daughter Daisy Dwight was one of Lincoln's first nine students, Lincoln School was named in honor of John Larkin Lincoln, a Brown University Professor with a strong commitment to the education of girls and young women. Lincoln moved to its present site on Butler Avenue in 1913, expanding its campus and physical plant in the ensuing years to accommodate the School's growing N-12 academic program, its Infant and Toddler Center, and its arts and athletic programs. In 1924, Lincoln School began its formal association with the Yearly Meeting of Friends for New England as a Quaker School. While Lincoln's affiliation with the Yearly Meeting of Friends ended in 1972, Lincoln maintains a strong commitment to its Quaker traditions and is accredited by the Friends Council on Education. In 1980, Lincoln acquired Faxon Farm in Rehoboth, MA, named in honor of Connie Briggs Faxon '36, to support the School's growing interscholastic sports program. Along with its longstanding tradition of academic excellence, Lincoln enjoys the distinction of being the nation's only all-girls Quaker School in North America. In 2005, Julia Russell Eells was named 14th Head of Lincoln School. There are more than 3,000 Lincoln alumnae living and working in communities across the nation and around the world.


  • Since 1993, Lincoln's endowment has grown from $750,000 to $7 million.
  • Total enrollment is 380: 166 students in grades 9-12, 81 students in grades 6-8, 133 students in grades N-5.
  • Average class size: 13
  • One-fifth of the student body receives tuition assistance; the average aid award has increased by 12%.
  • Twenty-nine percent of new students in 2005-2006 are students of color.
  • Annual scholarship opportunities for Upper School students include the Greenhalgh Scholarship and the new Lincoln Scholars Program, a four-year scholarship for a maximum of two students entering ninth grade. Most recent recipients: Larissa Klufas '16 and Hannah Fitts '16
  • 66% of the faculty hold an advanced degree.
  • Students attending Lincoln come from 69 different urban, suburban, and coastal communities, including 30 in Massachusetts.
  • Lincoln is within walking distance of the Brown University campus and minutes from downtown Providence.
  • The Lincoln community is home to more than 20 clubs and organizations.
  • There are currently 3,551 Lincoln School alumnae living from coast to coast and throughout the world.


Lincoln's 33-acre (130,000 m2) athletic complex, Faxon Farm, is located in Rehoboth, a 15-minute drive from the Providence campus. Lincoln's athletic teams include: Field Hockey, Tennis, Lacrosse, Soccer, Cross Country, Basketball, Swimming, Squash, and Crew.

A FieldTurf artificial turf field was installed at Faxon Farm over the summer of 2008, being the third high school in Rhode Island to do so [1].


  • Awards Night

Held in late spring to honor the academic, athletic, and community achievements of Upper School students.

  • Commencement

Usually the first or second Thursday of June; held in the afternoon. Graduates wear long white dresses and carry flowers.

  • Lumina: A Celebration of Light

Previously called Vespers. This event sustains the beauty and pageantry of Lincoln.

  • Senior Dinner

Held for seniors and their parents the evening before Commencement prior to Step-Singing.

  • Silent Meeting

In the manner of Friends, students and faculty in Middle and Upper School gather each week on Friday for Silent Meeting. Individuals may feel moved to speak, bringing a message of concern to the school community. Members of the senior class sit at the front on the 'facing bench,' and signal the end of meeting with the shaking of hands. The Lower School has similar gatherings for silent reflection.

  • Step-Singing

Held the evening before Commencement, this is one of the most beloved traditions during which there is both stepping and singing. It is an exchange of songs (usually parodies of popular music, all reflecting a common theme) between the graduating class and the juniors. It is held on the front steps of the school, and just before the seniors sing their last, most sentimental song, the juniors (who sing standing on the bottom step) change places with the seniors, who sing on the top one.

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