The Lincoln Community School (LCS) is a private, nonprofit, college preparatory day school which offers educational programs from prekindergarten (age 4) through grade 12. The school, established in 1968, is located in the cosmopolitan West African city of Accra. The school is developing into a center of excellence in the region, with strong professional development programs for its teachers and serving as a regional site for teacher workshops. The school year comprises 4 academic quarters, with the first beginning mid-August and the last ending in mid-June.
Organization: The school is governed by a 9-member Board of Trustees. Members of the Lincoln Community School’s Parent Association elect 4 members and appoint 2 members for a 2-year term. Three trustees are appointed by the U.S. Ambassador.
Curriculum: The school is international in both population (60+ nations represented) and philosophy, with an emphasis on inquiry and problem solving. It is designed to be appropriately challenging, and to allow a smooth transition into other international schools. LCS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, authorized to offer all 3 levels of the IB Program. These 3 levels of the IB Program guide the curriculum: the Primary Years Program (PK–grade 5), the Middle Years Program (grades 6-10) and the IB Diploma Program (grades 11-12). Elective courses are offered in art, music, drama, design, and technology. The school offers English language support for students in grades 1-6 who are at a beginning level in their English language development and can support middle and high school students who are at intermediate or advanced levels. Learning support services for students with mild to moderate learning needs are provided, but families who may need additional support are advised to consult with the admission office about the services provided to ensure a good programmatic fit for their child. LCS is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the International Baccalaureate Organization. It is a member of both the Council of International Schools and the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA). The school is recognized by the Ghana Education Service (GES).
Faculty: In the 2018-2019 school year, there are 74 international educators from 10 countries (and 22 local hires), many with advanced degrees and all qualified to teach in their assigned subject areas. Approximately half the faculty is American citizens. Classes are normally limited to 20 students. There are also teaching assistants in all elementary school classrooms and in selected secondary school subject areas.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, enrollment was 705 students from 60+ different countries, including 195 U.S. citizens, 63 host-country nationals, and 447 third-country nationals. Of the U.S. enrollment, 88 were dependents of U.S. government direct-hire or contract employees.
Facilities: School facilities are air conditioned with 74 classrooms including 4 art rooms, 5 science labs, 1 technology labs, 4 music rooms, 1 dance room, a visual and performing arts center, elementary, middle and high school libraries and learning support centers, an early childhood center and office space for counseling and administrative staff. All classrooms are equipped with LCD projectors and/or interactive smartboards. The library has multimedia equipment: iPads, kindles and internet enabled wireless laptops. There are also mobile laptop computer labs for the elementary, middle and high schools, supported by a campus-wide wireless coverage for individuals to use their laptops. There are 2 multi-purpose halls and 2 health clinics. Sports facilities include a fitness center, 2 fields and a semi-Olympic swimming pool, an outdoor gymnasium/multipurpose hall (court) with a stage, and dressing/locker room facilities. Playground space includes 2 grassy playing fields and separate playgrounds for the early childhood and elementary school, with recreational apparatus with purpose-designed equipment. Electric power supply to the school is from the public mains and is augmented by solar panels and the school also has biofil system to facilitate the horticultural services. The school has commenced the construction of an ultra-modern elementary school block which is expected to be completed by August 2019.
Finances: The school’s income derives from tuition and other fees. In the 2018-2019 school year, annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $14,427; K: $20,599; grades 1-5: $21,236; grades 6-8: $22,660; grades 9-10: $24,009; and grades 11-12: $25,132. There is a one-time non-refundable registration fee of $1,500 for PK and $6,500 for grades K-12. There is a capital levy fee for all students of $2,000 per year. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars)
Information and statistics are current as of October 2018 and are provided by the school.