The Lincoln Academy Mission
Grounded in community, global in vision, and rich in opportunity, Lincoln Academy challenges all students to grow in skills and scholarship, serve others, and lead fulfilling lives.
As the Lincoln Academy community, we will….
- Guide and empower our students to develop the skills they need to build lives of meaning and purpose.
- Promote citizenship, problem solving, creativity, and critical thinking as we prepare students for an increasingly complex and interconnected world.
- Offer opportunities for faculty and staff enrichment, which will deepen the quality of education, model lifelong learning to our students, and foster an ethic of personal growth in the LA culture.
- Utilize our unique coastal Maine location as an educational laboratory, enriching understanding of environmental stewardship, ecology, culture, history, and economic opportunity.
- Meet the needs of our students, faculty, and staff by ensuring a well-resourced and sustainable institution.Position Lincoln Academy as a community hub of learning and excellence, enhancing the economic future of midcoast Maine.
Lincoln Academy, with a proud history of close ties to the local community since 1801, is more than a school; it serves as a social, educational, and community center. We believe that community is the foundation on which students build their academic achievement and their personal character. Our community provides support, tradition, opportunity, and inspiration. Learning is heightened by the social interactions, interpersonal relationships, and collaborations that occur inside and outside the classroom between and among students, faculty and the greater community. We encourage students to participate in this community and share their talents and insights, further enhancing the communities of Midcoast Maine and beyond.
Students at Lincoln Academy have a rich diversity of strengths, skills, and life experiences. We believe that these differences create a stronger learning environment for all students. We strive to ensure that students are empowered to find the educational path that best supports their individual aspirations. We are committed to meeting the needs of all students within this wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds, cultural values, learning styles, languages, and national identities.
We believe that the character of our students is vitally important to the life of the school and to their own success in the future. Learning takes place best in the context of a safe and respectful environment. We model excellence, compassion, honesty, fairness, perseverance, and service to others to inspire these traits in our students. We encourage Lincoln Academy students to develop character traits that will strengthen their future relationships.
We believe that the ability to think through complex problems is vitally important both in academic work and in all aspects of life. We challenge students to think critically about the many facets of large issues, weigh their importance, and make decisions based on sound reasoning. We encourage students and faculty to work together to build knowledge, foster practical skills, solve problems, develop social values and elevate aspirations.
We believe in providing opportunities for growth for ALL students. We encourage them to enroll in courses outside of their comfort zone, to travel, and to work with each other in new situations. We encourage students to follow their passions and interests in starting new ventures, and we support them in learning experiences outside the classroom.
We believe that communication is a foundational skill, and we seek to nurture it throughout the school. We encourage students to effectively convey their thoughts, ideas and views orally and in written form. We teach them to listen to others, to productively discuss issues from different perspectives and to respect conflicting thoughts, views and ideas.
We believe that students require academic, social and emotional support. We are committed to providing the resources students need to make the most of their education. We seek an environment where adults and students are mindful of what others need. We work to provide or connect those in need with the assistance necessary to fully access their education.
(updated May 2017 by the Mission Review Committee)