Abraham Lincoln High School

2800 OCEAN PARKWAY
BROOKLYN NY 11235 Map
Phone: (718) 333-7400
Website: Click here
Admissions: neighborhood school/selective/ed. opt.
Principal: Ari Hoogenboom
Neighborhood: Coney Island
District:21
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: TIFFANY LEWIS
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Science & Math
Visual Art & Design
Zoned
Business
Animal Science
Wheelchair Accessible
Screened

Buses: B1, B36, B4, B68

What's special:

Lots of sports; photography and animal science programs

The downside:

Size can be overwhelming

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Abraham Lincoln High School, just blocks from the Coney Island beach, offers special programs in animal science and photography as well as selective programs in science and American history. It has a wide range of sports teams, including basketball, football, cricket, bowling, soccer, track and swimming.

This large neighborhood school has a nice racial balance of white, black, Latino and Asian students. Many are immigrants from Russia, Uzbekistan, China and Latin America, and more than 400 are still learning English. Students praise teachers for helping them through school. "We have a whole bunch of adults here who can guide us," one said.

On our visit, the building was orderly and kids told us they felt safe, even though they must pass through scanners at the entrance. Although class changes were very crowded, the cafeteria was relatively calm.

Students seemed happy and engaged. We saw a lively physics class where students measured force, a history class studying the role of government, and an English class where students discussed why teenagers like to use slang.

At times, the size of the school seems overwhelming, and some kids get lost in the shuffle. "When you first come in at 9th grade, it's a lot," one student told us. But another added, "It gets smaller and smaller as you go on."

To better keep track of kids’ progress, Principal Ari Hoogenboom created a “9th grade academy” and a “10th grade academy” so groups of students stay together for all their classes. The hope is that students will complete the five Regents exams needed for graduation by the end of 10th grade. Hoogenboom says it’s similar to a college in which students take general education requirements in their first two years and then concentrate on their major.

Students write one essay every semester in every class and read and discuss a work of non-fiction once a week in every class. "Literacy is too important to leave to English teachers," said Hoogenboom, who has been principal since 2004.

Lincoln offers five specialized programs. Two--the Institute for Professions in Science and the smaller Honors Institute for American Studies--feature Advanced Placement classes as well as creative projects. The highly regarded photography program, which includes digital and darkroom work, is headed by Carlos Molina, who graduated from the program himself in 1995. Veterinary Sciences stresses hands-on skills and may be a good fit for students not focused on academics. The Virtual Enterprise program focuses on business, with students running an imaginary company.

Any student may take photography--not just those in the photography program. A few electives are reserved for students in the particular programs. Only animal Science students may a veterinary class. Students in the American Studies program may take a Civil War election and students in the science program may take a research elective, for example. But most English, math, science and social studies classes mix students from different programs.

College: Lincoln has a college counselor but some students say she simply cannot serve all the students who need help. To improve the process, the school plans to begin introducing students to the Naviance on line counseling system as early as 9th grade. About 70 percent of Lincoln graduates go on to college, mostly to CUNY and SUNY two and four-year schools.

Special education: A District 75 programs shares space in the school and some of its students take classes with Lincoln students. The school also offers its own team teaching and self-contained classes as well as counseling, speech and occupational and physical therapy.

Admission: Zoned school. Brooklyn students outside the attendance zone may apply to the specialized programs. For the history and science programs, students are screened based on their middle school grades and test scores. Those applying to photography must submit a portfolio and a letter but do not have to have had extensive photography experience. The Veterinary Sciences and Virtual Enterprise programs use the educational option admissions formula and admit with a range of abilities. (Gail Robinson, November 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 2313

Average Daily Attendance 87%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
17%

Black

  
37%

Hispanic

  
23%

White

  
22%

Free Lunch

  
66%

Special ed

  
14%

English Language Learners

  
15%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.90 2.80 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

30 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

63% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

57% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?

77% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

84% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

35% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

67% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

75% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

71% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

15% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

75% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

15% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

College prep

Does this school offer a college preparatory curriculum?

How many students took an AP or IB class and scored at least a "3" on the AP exam or a "4" on the IB exam?

10%

How Many Students took a College Course and Got a "C" or Higher?

31%

How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?

21%

Are students ready for college?

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

28% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

412
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

59%

SAT math scores

444
425 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 514 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

75% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

39% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

27% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students with disabilities spend most of the day with non-disabled peers?

64% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

92% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

58% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Open to Brooklyn students or residents
  2. For Zoned Program only: priority to students who live in the zoned area

Source: High school directory

Honors Institute for American Studies - Gilder Lehrman

Screened

A humanities-based program for gifted students, sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History; provides students with experiential learning and leadership opportunities.

Selection Criteria

  • English (85-100) , Math (80-100) , Science (85-100) , Social Studies (85-100)
  • Math Levels: 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 3-4

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Professional Photography

Audition

Techniques of black & white, color, digital studio, scientific, still and video imaging that prepares students for both college and professional careers.

Institute for Professions in Science

Screened

Courses in science and math and access to modern equipment in specialized laboratories.

Selection Criteria

  • English (85-100) , Math (85-100) , Science (85-100) , Social Studies (85-100)
  • Math Levels: 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 3-4

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Veterinary Sciences And Animal Care

Ed. Opt.

Hands-on experience, career preparation, and technical knowledge gained by working with vertebrates and invertebrates in a laboratory setting.

Zoned

Zoned

Academic Comprehensive Program.

Virtual Enterprise

Ed. Opt.

Virtual Enterprises (VE) is a simulated business that is set up and run by students with the guidance of a teacher/facilitator and a business partner. Students will understand how employees, work-group teams and departments interact with each other and work together for the goal of the company.

Academics

AP COURSES: Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chinese Language and Culture, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, Government and Politics: United States, Psychology, Spanish Language, United States History, World History

Online: N/A

Language classes: Chinese, Chinese Native Language Arts, Russian, Spanish, Spanish Native Language Arts

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Acting Studio, Animal Care Squad, Anime, Arista National Honor Society, Cheerleading, Chess, Chinese, Conflict Negotiation and Mediation, Debate Team, ELL Acting Studio, Gay-Straight Alliance, Guitar Club, Hiking Club, History Club, Key Club, Landmark Yearbook, Library Squad, Lincoln Ambassadors, "Lincoln Log" Newspaper, Marine Lab Squad, South Asian Club, Student Organization, Weightlifting

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball & JV Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Cricket, Cross Country, Football & JV Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Cricket, Cross Country, Handball, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball & JV Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

Other schools sports: N/A

Source: High school directory

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