Award Year: 2013

Lincoln Elementary School

2 Ralston Place
Pittsburgh, PA, 15216-1524

(412) 344-2147

Marybeth Irvin, Principal at time of Nomination

Mount Lebanon

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As defined by its constituents, students, staff, parents, and community, our mission is to provide the best education possible in a fiscally responsible manner.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 87%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 6%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Lincoln School is one of seven elementary buildings in the Mount Lebanon School District, located just six miles from downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. All students walk to school and are permitted to go home, or to local shops during our lunch hour. Our community contains a mix of stately and modest homes, as well as apartment buildings and duplexes, along tree lined streets. The large playground area is shared with the municipality and provides ample play area both during and after school. The building and grounds serve as the site for many community groups and sports teams. We are truly a “neighborhood school.”

Built in 1925, Lincoln is a large, solid brick structure that resembles a fortress. However, the true strengths of our school are the people and programs. We have a committed staff of teachers and support personnel who will go to any length to meet the needs of students. This includes classroom and encore teachers, specialists, and support staff. Our Parent Teacher Association leaders, parents, grandparents and community members work hard to provide students with special materials, cultural experiences, and fun activities for learning and growing.

Our school master schedule calls for both core instructional time as well as a differentiation period for both reading and math. During this period, students will receive extra help, additional practice or enrichment as needed to further develop their skills. Hands on science activities and engaging social studies topics are included in all grade levels. Additionally, students receive instruction in music, art, library, Spanish and physical education weekly. While rigorous, our curriculum is developmentally appropriate and designed to ensure all students have multiple opportunities to demonstrate success.