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 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 four academic quarters, with the first beginning mid-August and the last ending in mid-June. LCS is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Council of International Schools, and is an authorized International Baccalaureate World School.
Organization: The school is governed by a nine-member Board of Trustees. Members of the Lincoln Community School’s Parent Association elect four members and appoint two members for a two-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 three levels of the IB Program. These three 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/STEM, and technology. The school offers English language support for students in grades 1-6 who are beginning 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.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 62 international educators from 16 different countries (and 16 local hires), many with advanced degrees and all qualified to teach in their assigned subject areas.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 516 students from 52 different countries.
Facilities: The school has recently completed the construction of an ultra-modern elementary school block which will be occupied when on campus learning resumes in January 2021. School facilities are air conditioned with 74 classrooms including four art rooms, five science labs, four design/STEM labs, four music rooms, one dance room, elementary, middle and high school libraries, learning support classrooms, and an early childhood suite. All classrooms are equipped with wireless projectors and/or interactive projection panels. There are four multi-purpose halls and three health clinics. Sports facilities include a fitness room, a field, a semi-Olympic swimming pool, an open-air gymnasium/multi-purpose hall (court) with a stage, and dressing/locker room facilities. Elementary playground space includes two basketball courts, four-square areas, and sandy areas with recreational equipment. Electric power supply to the school is from the public mains and is augmented by solar panels. The school also has a biofil system to facilitate the horticultural services.
Finances: The school’s income derives from tuition and other fees. In the 2020-2021 school year, annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $15,084; K: $21,537; grades 1-5: $22,202; grades 6-8: $23,691; grades 9-10: $25,101; and grades 11-12: $26,276. 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 2020 and are provided by the school.