Nepal, Kathmandu: The Lincoln School

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Date: 12/21/2010 Location: Kathmandu Description: Lincoln School students playing soccer - State Dept Image



The Lincoln School is an independent, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from preschool through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School, founded in 1954, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2004. The school year comprises 4 quarters extending from mid-August to June.

Organization: The School is governed by a 9-member Board of Directors, elected for 2-year terms by the Lincoln School Association. Membership in the Association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the School as well as the teachers.

Curriculum: The curriculum is based on American standards and benchmarks with an international perspective; AERO curriculum is used in most academic areas. The preschool program is for 3- and 4-year-olds. Grades kindergarten-5 are self-contained with a program that balances academic, physical, artistic, and social development. In the middle school (grades 6-8), students have four core teachers plus electives. Grades 9-12 are departmentalized. In order to graduate, students are expected to complete four credits in English; three in science, mathematics, social sciences, and physical education; two in foreign language; and one in fine arts and information technology. Last year, students took AP exams in 12 different subjects. English-Speakers-of Other-Languages (ESOL) is offered to those children who need special instruction in English. Art, music, computer studies, drama, physical education, and a variety of electives and extracurricular activities are offered throughout the grades. During an annual, week-long Explore Nepal program, students experience directly the physical and cultural environment of Nepal. The School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Council of International Schools and operates with the approval of the Government of Nepal.

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 42 fully certified full-time faculty members.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 300 (PS: 15; K.-grade 5: 125; grades 6-8: 65; and grades 9-12: 95).

Facilities: The School has 34 classrooms in three buildings, an auditorium, a gymnasium, a library/audio-visual center, outdoor reading areas, and two 2-½-acre athletic fields. Modern vehicles transport students to and from the School. A new building containing most of the classrooms was completed in 2001. A third floor addition to the elementary school building was completed in January 2008.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, the School's income derives from day school tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: Preschool: $5,200; Pre-K $5,200; K.-grade 5: $14,720; grades 6-8: $16,250; and grades 9-12: $17,900. The School also charges a one-time registration fee of $5,000 for each student, a one-time admission fee of $450, an annual optional transportation fee of $980 per student, and a senior fee of $120. These fees are payable in U.S. dollars. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

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