Welcome to Lincoln School, a 2011 United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon School of Excellence located in the culturally rich and economically diverse Village of Ridgefield Park. In 2010, the Village of Ridgefield Park was selected by Bloomberg Businessweek magazine as a “Best Place to Raise Kids in New Jersey”, citing the strength of its village schools as a major factor for this distinction.
The mission of Lincoln School is to provide an interactive learning environment which encourages our students to develop understanding, skills, and confidence by engaging them in a variety of activities that promote responsibility, respect, ethical values, critical thinking, and a lifelong commitment to learning. Our school days are enriched because our students are engaged in their education, our passionate staff is committed to excellence, and the Lincoln School community is devoted to the success and well-being of its children.
Lincoln School has a steadfast commitment to children with special needs. Current school programs include a Preschool Handicapped class, two classes for students with autism, two Multiple Disabilities classes and an extensive OT and PT program. The majority of our students with special needs are mainstreamed into regular education classes and activities. Emphasis is placed on their involvement in many extracurricular activities including our Ecology Club, intramural sports, and Winter and Spring Concerts. Lincoln School’s “Peer Modeling Program” has been recognized by the New Jersey Department of Education as one of the state’s “Best Practices”. This activity matches students with autism to their peers from our general education classes. The acceptance of our students with special needs is truly remarkable and fosters a lifelong understanding and compassion for others.
Our comprehensive Guidance and Character Education programs are exemplary. Regularly scheduled guidance classroom lessons assist our children as they develop academically, socially, and emotionally. A new program initiated by our school counselor is the Boys and Girls Clubs. Weekly, a group of students is invited to a luncheon with our school counselor to discuss the importance of academics, study skills, self respect, and personal responsibility. The prevention of bullying is also a major focus of student guidance services. Our counseling staff has outlined interventions and strategies to help all students feel safe and supported in Lincoln School.
In Lincoln School, technology has been infused throughout the curriculum. Student computer literacy and technology skills are developed in weekly computer classes in our second floor lab and through the use of our fully networked classroom mini-labs. Additional lab periods are available throughout the week so that teachers may pursue technology enriched activities in a full group setting, while classroom based computers serve as activity centers, research stations, and provide quick access to technology in the classroom.
The appreciation and advancement of the fine arts is also an area of focus for Lincoln School. A favorite Lincoln School tradition is the Holiday Sing-a-Long, where parents and staff are invited to carol with the students. A highlight of the arts program is our participation in the District Grades K -12 Annual Arts Festival, where every student’s artwork, music, or creative talent is on display for the community.
The character of our school community is exemplified in the many charitable events in which our students and staff participate. Our annual Mitten Tree, Homes For Our Troops, St. Jude’s Math-a-Thon, Bear Hugs for the Holidays, and UNICEF offer support to those in need. At Lincoln School, students are encouraged to be sensitive to local and global issues.
Like all the public schools within the Village of Ridgefield Park, Lincoln School prides itself on its focus and dedication to excellence in education. A supportive and involved community, dedicated faculty and staff, and an administration that is unwavering in its commitment to children have placed Lincoln School in the forefront of public education.