Our philosophy is focused on the concept of a core curriculum and within the core curriculum our programs are designed:

to accommodate students who learn at an average but varying time rate, and are characterized by curriculums that are arranged in a sequential progression in grades K-12 based on individual student needs. Students in these curriculums will be exposed to a variety of instructional approaches and materials.

for students who learn at a relatively slower rate of time and who are in need of a developmental style of instruction in the basic skills, there are classes characterized by smaller size and individualized instructions.

Lincoln recognizes that there are students who quickly grasp concrete and abstract concepts. Therefore, a program of accelerated courses which are noted for their rigor and high academic expectations is offered. Students in this program require little structure and are proficient in basic skills. These students are expected to work more independently on reading, writing, research, and problem solving assignments.

Core Values







Respect, Integrity, Safety, Engagement, Unity and Pride

Belief Statements

We believe:

  • All students deserve a safe, nurturing and respectful environment in which to learn
  • All students are empowered to become lifelong learners and productive citizens in a global
  • All students should graduate career and/or college ready through multiple pathways of
  • Meaningful and varied assessments inform high quality instruction
  • Positive peer and adult relationships foster student success
  • Resiliency and perseverance in the face of obstacles are keys to student success

Academic Expectations

  • Students will be thoughtful communicators who read, write, listen and speak effectively in preparation for careers and/or post-secondary education
  • Students will be creative and practical problem solvers
  • Students will be responsible users of technology and media
  • Students will demonstrate continuous effort towards proficiency in all requirements for graduation

Social Expectations

  • Students will assume responsibility for their actions
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to resolve conflicts responsibly
  • Students will demonstrate respect and responsibility for the well-being and welfare of others within a diverse school community

Civic Expectations

  • Students will contribute to the well-being of the wider community through service
  • Students will recognize their importance as participating members of American society within a global context

Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) are a mapped academic plan and profile that reflect each student’s unique set of interests, needs, learning goals, and graduation requirements. The ILP is primarily authored by students themselves with guidance from their teachers, counselor, parents and when applicable, community members.




Opportunities exist to revisit ILPs frequently as students choose their high school courses, document outside activities, prepare to meet graduation requirements and generally plan for the future. This process allows students to become active, responsible participants in their educational development and planning.

As a working document, the ILP is at the center of a flexible educational program that meets individual development toward America School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) National Model for School Counseling Programs, the RI Framework for Comprehensive K-12 School Counseling, and the RI Diploma System’s Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements.

Students, in consultation with responsible adults, will establish academic, career, and personal/social goals. In addition, students will develop plans and actions to achieve these goals. This process will ensure that all students are well supported to reach the goal of life readiness.


Academics, Grading, and Promotions

Policies listed here on the website are for informational purposes. Any accidental discrepancies on this site should not interpreted as overriding published school department policy in the Student Handbook or other documents.

Course Requirements

Students must pursue a minimum of 7 credits each year. Physical Education must be taken and passed each year that a student is enrolled in Lincoln High School. Over the four years, if all subjects are successfully completed, each student will have accumulated between 24-28 credits.

To receive the Lincoln High School diploma, students need 22 credits* (Class of 2021 and beyond need 23 credits and are distributed as described in the next section “Credit Distribution Requirements”.

Please click here to see the new Course Requirements to graduate based on the summer newsletter for the 2017-2018 year and beyond.

Credit Distribution Requirements

English 4
Mathematics 4
Physical Education/Health 2
Science 3
Social Studies 2
United States History 1
Fine Arts ½
Civic Responsibility ½
Other Electives 6  (7 for the class of 2021 and beyond)

In addition, satisfactory completion of a graduation portfolio and an exhibition.  (Exhibition for the Class of 2021 and beyond)

Recommended College Course Distribution

A student planning college entrance should consult college catalogues and his/her counselor regarding the specific requirements of the colleges to which he/she is applying, as soon as possible after entering high school.

Marking System

Letter Grade Numerical Range
A+ 97-100
A 93-96
A- 90-92
B+ 87-89
B 83-86
B- 80-82
C+ 77-79
C 73-76
C- 70-72
F (no credit) 55-69
U (no credit) 0-54

Note: Students who earn a grade of “F” as a final course grade may enroll in summer school in order to make up the failed course. A Lincoln High School proficiency exam may be required in specific subject areas. Students who earn a grade of “U” are ineligible to attend summer school for the purpose of making up the course.

A Lincoln High School proficiency exam may be required in specific subject areas.

Students who earn a grade of “U” are ineligible to attend summer school for the purpose of making up the course. (see below)

Students have up to two weeks after a quarter ends to make up any I (incomplete) grade.

Failure or Unsatisfactory Work Report

This report form is used at any time by a teacher to inform a student’s parents or guardian of the student’s unsatisfactory performance in class or impending failure in a subject. This form will be forwarded to the student’s parent(s) or guardian. The parent or guardian must sign it and have it returned by the student within three days of its receipt. Failure to return required signed notices will result in teacher detention.

Student Exams

All students are required to take mid-term and final examinations in each course in which they are enrolled with one exception. At the dis-cretion of the teacher, seniors with an “A” average may be exempt from taking the final exam for full year courses and the final exam for semes-ter courses. Students performing well on the NECAP testing may be exempted from some of their exams.

Report Cards

Report cards are distributed to students at quarterly intervals during the school year. These reports include a grade in achievement in all subjects taken by the student and the number of absences. In addition, each of the student’s teachers usually indicates explanatory comments. The signature of the parent or guardian on the report card envelope is required. This signature is not interpreted as an approval of the report, but as evidence that the report has been examined. Report card envelopes must be returned within four days. Failure to return signed report cards will result in administrative referral. The final report card is mailed to the home in July.

Honor Roll

First Honors A student who achieves a GPA of 3.640 or higher shall have earned First Honors.
Second Honors A student who achieves a GPA of 3.300 to 3.639 shall have earned Second Honors.
Third Honors A student who achieves a GPA of 2.920 to 3.299 shall have earned Third Honors.


Students are promoted not by academic years, but by units of credits accumulated from year to year. To progress into the next grade, a student must attain a minimum number of credits in accordance with the following:

To be promoted into: Minimum Credits
Grade 10 4  (5 for the class of 2021 and beyond)
Grade 11 10  (11 for the class of 2021 and beyond)
Grade 12 15 (16 for the class of 2021 and beyond)
Graduation 22 (23 for the class of 2021 and beyond)

Summer School Policy

A student who earns a final grade of “U” in a subject is ineligible to attend summer school for the purpose of making up the course. When a student receives a yearly average of “F” in a course, he/she has several options:

  1. Attend summer school. The summer school grade will appear on the student’s permanent record as well as the original “F.”
  2. Take a 3-credit course at a college or university to make up a one-credit high school course, or a 2-credit college course to make up a ½-credit high school course.
  3. Engage a certified private tutor for 30 hours to make up a one-credit high school course, or 15 hours to make up a ½-credit high school course.
  4. Repeat the course the following year.
  5. Refrain from repeating the course next year if it is not a required course, and if he/she has enough credits to be promoted to the next grade.

Alternate Programs

Alternate programs are various programs designed to meet the needs of students in a number of ways. These programs either supplement or replace the regular school day by offering educational experiences beyond the Lincoln High School campus. Information concerning the following programs is available in the Guidance office through your guidance counselor.

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Program
  • Early Enrollment Program (EEP)
  • Early Admission to college during the senior year of high school
  • Work Study
  • Davies Vocational-Technical
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

— From the LHS Student Handbook


School-Wide Rubrics:


School-wide Rubric

Active Reading Rubric PDF / Rubric docx
Narrative Account* Rubric PDFRubric docx
Narrative Procedure* Rubric PDF / Rubric docx
Oral Presentation* Rubric PDF / Rubric docx
Argument Writing* Rubric PDF / Rubric docx
General Problem-Solving Rubric PDF / Rubric docx
Reflective Writing* Rubric PDF / Rubric docx
Report Writing* Rubric PDF / Rubric docx
Response to Text* Rubric PDF / Rubric docx
Scientific Investigation* Rubric PDF / Rubric docx
Text-based Argument* Rubric PDF / Rubric docx
Text-based Discussion* Rubric PDF / Rubric docx
Visual Art & Design – 2D Rubric PDF / Rubric docx
 Computational Problem-Solving Rubric PDF / Rubric docx
TEXT paragraph construction Rubric PDF / Rubric docx
Exhibition* Rubric PDF / Rubric docx
* Common Core-aligned rubric



The Program of Studies is a booklet published by the LHS Guidance Department every year. This booklet lists all graduation requirements, suggested programs of courses for college-bound, business-bound, and technology-bound students, and descriptions of all of Lincoln’s offered courses.






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