The Lincoln School is a private, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12. The School, is located in Bo. Socorro, San Miguel de Santo Domingo de Heredia, northeast of San Jose and was founded in 1945 as a nonsectarian and nonprofit institution. The school year comprises 2 semesters starting the first week of August and ending the third week of June of each year. Lincoln accommodates transfer students throughout the year.
Organization: Lincoln School is governed by a 11-member Board of Directors, elected for 2-year overlapping terms by the parent community and the Institucion de Cooperacion Educacional. Membership in the association requires the payment of a fee of $2,000 per student, which permits enrollment of children and one vote in the association meetings. The School is registered as a non-profit institution in Costa Rica and the United States.
Curriculum: Lincoln School offers three diploma options and is accredited by the AdvancED (SACS), the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization and the Ministry of Education in Costa Rica (MEP). The high school curriculum is college preparatory and designed to fulfill the requirements of any combination of the following diplomas: U.S. high school diploma, the IB diploma, and the Costa Rican national diploma. Instruction is in English, with some electives offered in Spanish. Class size maximum is 20 students in the elementary school and 23 students in the secondary school. 100% of Lincoln graduates traditionally go on to post-high school studies at colleges or universities. Approximately 30% attend U.S. colleges and universities, 5% universities in other countries and 60% Costa Rican universities. Programs are available for students with special learning disabilities.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 122 faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 1,294. The student: teacher ratio is 1:15.
Facilities: The 7 hectare Moravia school campus includes separate buildings for the preschool, the elementary school and the secondary school, 84 classrooms; 3 computer labs, 300 Dell computers, 5 science laboratories, 4 choral and instrumental music rooms, art rooms, a library, an elementary gym and a secondary “gymnatorium”, an infirmary, a cafeteria, an administration building, a large playing field and track, and a playground, and a newly completed covered multipurpose recreational facility and an auditorium arts center.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, 98% of the School's income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: kdg.: $5,374; prep.-grade 5: $6,965; grades 6-8: $7,958; and grades 9-12: $8,845. Fees are payable in U.S. dollars or Costa Rican colones. Matriculation costs, bus, lunch, textbooks, and other incidental fees are extra. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)