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Abraham Lincoln High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Veterinary science and photography programs

The Downside

College-readiness rate still improving

Long known for its veterinary science and photography programs, Abraham Lincoln High School has taken steps to improve its academics overall by helping teachers learn from one another. 

New teachers meet in several long workshops each semester, to get tips from veteran teachers and to watch colleagues in action, Chalkbeat reported. Veteran teachers create workshops for one another on various topics of expertise, such as test-taking tips or theater games.

The city gave the school improved ratings on its 2017 Quality Report, compared to the year before. The number of graduates ready to do college work has inched up in recent years, according to school snapshots.

The school is large and ethnically diverse. Many students are immigrants from Russia, Uzbekistan, China and Latin America. Hundreds are still learning English and missing the language skills they need for their classes, including science and math. Teachers exchange ideas for how to help these students in Friday workshops.

Lincoln offers six specialized programs in addition to its zoned program. Computer Science and the Honors Institute for American Studies & Law are the most academically demanding. The photography program is run by Carlos Molina, who graduated from the program himself in 1995. In Veterinary Sciences, students study and care for the school’s many animals. Teens create an imaginary business, such as a chocolate company, in Virtual Enterprise. Digital Media focuses on video production.

More students are taking Advanced Placement classes each year, according to the School Quality Snapshot. Most English, math, science and social studies classes mix students from different programs. A few electives are reserved for students in particular programs—only animal science students may take a veterinary class, for example.

Just blocks from Coney Island beach, Lincoln counts three Nobel laureates in science and medicine as alumni, as well as music legend Neil Diamond. It boasts three gymnasiums, a swimming pool and a wide range of sports teams, such as basketball, football, bowling, soccer and track.

A large school can be intimidating for some students. To make it easier to build smaller communities, students stay together for all of their classes in 9th and 10th grade in academies.

Despite progress, the school has a ways to go in preparing students for college, especially those with special needs and those learning English, who are less likely to graduate within four years.

There are four people in the college office to assist students through the college admissions process, according to the school's website. About 60 percent of graduates enter college within 18 months of graduation, mostly going to two- and four-year CUNY and SUNY schools.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: A District 75 program, PS K053, 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 other services.

ADMISSIONS: Zoned school. The six special programs must be applied to separately. The history and computer science programs look at middle school grades, attendance records and test scores. Those applying to photography must submit a portfolio of drawings, paintings and/or photography, but do not need to have photography experience. The veterinary sciences and Virtual Enterprise programs use the educational option formula, designed to admit students with a range of abilities. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, April 2018)    

School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
624 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more



Computer Science




Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Veterinary Sciences and Animal Care

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

A three-year program for students with a strong interest in a future career in animal care and health. Coursework focuses on small and large mammals, reptiles, fish, and birds. Students in the program score higher than their peers on Science Regents Exams, possibly earn college credit, gain hands-on experience with animals in our labs and at work sites.

Virtual Enterprise

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

VE replicates all the functions of a real business in both structure and practice. Students create and manage their virtual businesses, developing a hands-on understanding of all aspects of business, including product development, web design, production, marketing, sales, distribution, human resources, and accounting/finance. Through the VE program, students hone vital skills that place them ahead of the curve when they enter college and the workforce.

Digital Media

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

This program introduces students to the world of media production. Students develop their creative ideas and learn how to share them with the world through professional-quality video production. Regular live broadcasts of Lincoln's prestigious athletic programs train students in a "real time" production environment. Working with Adobe Premiere, professional cameras and editing equipment, students share and edit their own projects.

Computer Science

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

In today's world, technology is the driving force of change. Through our four-year Computer Science Program, students study the design and development of software and hardware to solve real world problems in a variety of business and social contexts. Students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, while coding a computer to think like a human. Computer Science students leave Lincoln amply prepared for the challenges and changes in the world of technology.

Digital Photography

Admissions Method: Audition

Program Description:

Techniques of black and white, color, digital studio, scientific, still, and video imaging that prepare students for both college and professional careers. Interested students may schedule an appointment for a tour of the program.

Honors Institute for American Studies and Law-Gilder Lehrman

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

A humanities-based program for gifted students that explores the issues of Law and American History through a four-year sequence. Courses offered in the program included: Introduction to Law, Criminology, Constitutional Law, and Sociology. Students in this program receive preferential treatment for acceptance in AP World History, Syracuse University Project Advance or SUPA Public Policy, SUPA Personal Finance, and SUPA US History courses, all of which include college credits.

Abraham Lincoln High School D75 Inclusion Program

Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services


Admissions Method: Zoned Guarantee

Program Description:

Zoned students have access to all Abraham Lincoln High School programs. This includes AP classes, specialized electives, academic clubs and the Music, Theater and Fine Arts pathway. In this pathway, students are exposed to different facets of the Arts. Through creative expression, students will share universal themes, values and emotions. They will improve their social skills, develop a creative eye, and gain multiple perspectives in their chosen artistic field.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Cantonese, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Calculus AB, AP Seminar, AP United States History, AP Calculus BC, AP World History: Modern, AP Psychology, AP Research, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP English Language and Composition

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


2800 Ocean Parkway
Brooklyn NY 11235

Trains: F Line to Neptune Ave-Van Siclen; Q Line to Ocean Parkway

Buses: B1, B36, B4, B68


Principal: A Hoogenboom

Parent Coordinator: Sara Mohamed


Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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