Lincoln Elementary School – Melrose, MA

Award Year 2015

Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools

Lincoln Elementary School

80 West Wyoming Avenue
Melrose, MA, 02176-3724

(781) 979-2250

Ms. Allison J. Donovan, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Melrose Public Schools

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For all students to be responsible, respectful and successful participants in our global community.

Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 9%
  • White: 71%
  • Hispanic: 8%
  • Asian: 5%
  • Two or more races: 7%
  • ELL: 15%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 32%


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We welcome our new Lincoln Students at the Kindergarten Playdate.

We welcome our new Lincoln Students at the Kindergarten Playdate.

The Lincoln School is a K-5 school serving about 400 students across 19 classrooms. Lincoln takes pride in the diversity of our student body including students from many countries who speak over 17 languages. Having this diverse population supports our school and district’s mission. We are committed to meeting the needs of all of the families we serve. Our supportive PTO raises money and plans community events to support the success of all students. As a community we collaborate so that our children can achieve the personal and academic success they need to become responsible and successful citizens in our global community.

Our school-wide positive behavior support system provides a successful learning environment for all students. The C.A.R.E.S. acronym prominently displayed through the building, reminds students of the expected Lincoln School values: Citizenship, Acceptance Respect, Effort and Safety. At monthly whole-school meetings we reinforce these values and recognize the students who have displayed them in the classroom. Students’ social-emotional needs are supported by our school psychologist and school social worker.

For the past 5 years we have seen the Lincoln School state test scores increase and achievement gaps for our neediest population decrease making us go from rated as an under performing school to a Level 1 Commendation School for the past two years. This achievement is a testament to how dedicated staff members, families, and students with a common goal can make positive outcomes.