Our Approach

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Lincoln options student in class

Project Based Learning

The Options philosophy recognizes that the development of specific skills or disciplines is best accomplished as a part of projects and explorations that are meaningful and interesting to students. Curriculum topics may be treated in thematic units, which interweave many areas of learning. For example, a class that is studying ancient civilizations may not only read about the topic, but may also learn math skills necessary to calculate the immensity of the pyramids. The class may conduct scientific experiments that test different materials for papermaking, learn to read world maps and participate in ancient crafts. Students might publish or demonstrate their learning in a report, a model or a play. All-school themes are chosen each year to further integrate curriculum and develop community. Past themes such as Biosphere, Migration, Movers & Shakers and A Sense of Place are designed to integrate thinking skills and behaviors as well as environmental awareness and community service. The culminating event is the All-School Theme Night where all the classes display their projects and share what they have learned.


We are committed to integrating Spanish into the daily lives of Lincoln Options students, staff and families. This includes a relationship with our sister school, Ruben Dario, in Santo Tomás, Nicaragua. Spanish teachers are funded through the Options Community Council budget.


Science and Music

Paul Rocks works with all children at our school, teaching science and music. He has been with the Options Program since 1999 and also has many years of experience teaching Environmental Science. Paul uses an Inquiry Based Science model integrating reading, writing and math into science. Paul is passionate about the magic of nature and in awe of the natural world. His passion is contagious.