Emergency Announcement

Educational Open House

Posted on Thursday May 31, 2018

Staff, Students and parents please remember to join us for our educational open house; where our students will be the teachers. Doors open at 5:15 and the event will begin at 5:30. Thursday May 31,2018 is also an early dismissal for all students. Students will begin dismissing at 1:00.

Our History

The Challenge

In 1999, the School District of the City of York in Pennsylvania was struggling with student achievement. Schools were not performing well, with students at Lincoln Elementary schools performing at the lowest level in the district. The superintendent, with the support of a group of parents and teachers from Lincoln Elementary School sought a new approach to help improve the school.

The Solution

Lincoln Elementary School was converted into a charter school in 2000. The school partnered with Edison Learning using Edison Learning’s School Designs to build and manage the school, now called Lincoln Charter School. The road to charter approval for the school was at times difficult, but with the dedication of a group of parents and teachers, combined with a strong, supportive partner Edison Learning. It was achieved.

The Results

The School District

The School District of the City of York in Pennsylvania is a district with a challenging socio-economy and demographic profile. The district includes a diverse mix of students, including 43% African American and 37% Hispanic. A majority of the students (83%) qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch; nearly 34% of students live below the poverty line. In 2000, all schools in the district were not performing well and struggling to make improvement.

The Road to Charter Approval

The superintendent at the time was looking for new ways to help improve the district’s schools. He was interested in Edison Learning’s innovative approach to building highly effective schools. He decided to try the company’s methods with one of his schools. The district entered into a partnership with Edison Learning and chose Lincoln Elementary School as the first partnership school. Lincoln Elementary School was chosen for a number of reasons, namely; 1) the school was the lowest performing in the district, 2) the school’s administration had strong ties to the community and 3) the administration was innovative and open to trying new methods to increase student achievement.