All prospective students are invited to Lincoln Academy’s 2015 8th Grade Family Night, which will be held on Wednesday, November 4 at 6:30 pm. The event will begin in the Alumni Dining Commons in the center of the Lincoln Academy campus at 81 Academy Hill Rd. in Newcastle.
This open house is an annual event at Lincoln Academy; a chance for families of prospective students to visit the LA campus, meet teachers and staff, and tour the school. Often this event is the first time students see their soon-to-be high school and meet many of their teachers. Although most families who attend usually represent incoming 9th graders, families of students interested in transferring to LA from another high school are also encouraged to attend.
Any student living in a town with secondary school choice can attend LA with their tuition paid by the sending town. LA also accepts tuition-paying students who come from towns without school choice.
This year, Lincoln Academy’s 8th Grade Family Night will begin in the Dining Commons with an orientation by current students and members of the Administration and Guidance Department. After this orientation, families can take a campus tour, guided by current students, and visit an Open House in the LA gym, where academic departments and extracurricular clubs will have tables set up, with faculty and students on hand to talk about their specialties. School representatives will talk directly to students and parents about their specific interests in and out of the classroom.
“The table format of the Open House gives prospective families a chance to meet teachers and students, and get any question answered, whether that is about a particular academic track, performing or visual arts, athletics, or a club interest, such as Debate Team or Climate Action Club,” said Sarah Wills-Viega, Lincoln Academy’s Director of Counseling and Studies. “We hope that families will leave the event with helpful information about Lincoln Academy, both in general and specific terms, and that students will be excited about coming here next year!”
Sheryl Stearns, the Director of Enrollment and Marketing at Lincoln Academy said, “The timing of 8th Grade Family Night was changed from January to November last year, in order to engage prospective 8th grade and transferring families earlier in the year. We hope this event will help families from local sending towns make a fully informed decision about where they wish to enroll their children for high school.”
Families considering Lincoln Academy should plan to attend the Open House, even if they are considering several options for high school. This event is helpful in understanding the wide variety of resources at LA, including 145 total courses, 16 Advanced Placement classes, 30 classes in visual and performing arts, a broad range of hands-on courses in the new Cable-Burns Applied Technology and Engineering Center (ATEC), as well as over 40 clubs and athletic teams.
Sarah Wills-Viega says, “This event is a wonderful opportunity for families considering LA to learn about all aspects of the school in a single evening. I hope many will come to take advantage of it!” For more information about 8th Grade Family Night, please contact LA Guidance at 563-3596 ext. 125 or 128.