Lincoln Schools, Preschools and Daycare

Lincoln Public Schools

The Lincoln schools are truly outstanding public schools. Located on one circular campus surrounded by conservation land, the Lincoln Public Schools include Lincoln Preschool, Lincoln elementary school (K-4) and Lincoln middle school (5-8). It’s hard not to love the individual attention, small class sizes, and all the integrated programs like the after-school music program and the sports and wellness opportunities offered by the Rec Department. Most years, there are from 55-75 students per grade, in classes of approximately 20 students per class. Here is a link to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Report Card for Lincoln Public Schools as well as a link to the more streamlined accountability profile. You can also compare student achievement in Lincoln with other schools across the Commonwealth. The Lincoln School District (which includes Hanscom AFB Primary and Middle Schools) boasts a teacher to student ratio of less than 10:1!

Jess’s three kids go to the Lincoln public schools and can answer questions from the parent’s perspective. If you ask, her favorite thing about the Lincoln schools is that it’s a single campus, so for sports and after school activities, even summer camp and the town pool, it’s one pick-up! Even though her kids are 6 grades apart, they ride the same bus to the same place. Lincoln schools are also committed to improving access and inclusion, strengthened through its 50-year history with the METCO voluntary school desegregation program.

For extending the school day, Lincoln Extended-day Activities Program (LEAP) offers extraordinary after-school programming for kids. Support organizations include the Lincoln Parent Teachers Organization and the Lincoln School Foundation. The Lincoln elementary and middle schools are undergoing comprehensive reconstruction and are slated to open in 2021 for the middle school and 2022 for the elementary. More information about the school building project can be found here.

Private Preschools

Magic Garden is on the same campus as the Lincoln public elementary and middle school. They offer top-notch care for kids from infancy through Kindergarten. Jessica’s daughter Evangeline LOVED her teachers at Magic Garden, and we love the integration of academics, the flexible full-time schedule, and the dynamic community. Our favorite fun-fact: In Evie’s class alone six of Evie’s classmates speak a language other than English at home!

Lincoln Nursery School has recently relocated to DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum from the auxiliary building of the First Parish Church. We love Lincoln Nursery School: Jessica attended it from 1985-1988. They offer a great program build on play-based education and a commitment to the co-op model.

Drumlin Farm hosts a preschool incorporating outdoor play and farm opportunities. Knowing how popular Drumlin Farm is with kids of all ages, it’s great to know lucky preschoolers can spend mornings there!

Lincoln Country Day is another morning preschool program (with an extended day to 1 or 2 PM) located at Saint Anne in the Fields Church. Their program has been in existence since 1958, and offers a three-day program for three-year-olds, a four-day program for four-year-olds, and you can guess the rest!

Teddy Bear Club The newest preschool option in Lincoln, this school features a limited schedule similar to the three options directly above. It offers instruction in both English and French. 

Private Schools

The Birches School is a private pre-K through 8th-grade school in Lincoln emphasizing individual student experience and an experiential approach to academics. The school is “A Nature-based School for Creative Thinkers, Motivated Learners, and Mindful Leaders”.