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Lincoln Center, Tacoma School District

Patrick Erwin, Principal

Grade level: 10–12
Year school began to implement innovative practices: 2008

Lincoln Center’s focus is to get every student ready for post-secondary success by giving them the skills to succeed in college at any level. Lincoln is Tacoma’s most ethnically diverse high school with the highest proportion of its student body qualifying for free and reduced lunches. Lincoln Center (LC) is a unique college-preparatory school-within-a-school within Lincoln High School and draws from many ideas garnered from nationally prominent high-performing charter-school projects such as the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) and Geoffrey Canada’s Harlem Children’s Zone.

LC students attend an extended day, from 7:35 am to 5:00 pm on weekdays, attend a summer school program which begins in August, and several days of Saturday school each month. LC acts as a kind of onsite research and development program, an idea generator for teaching and learning in the rest of the school, and a program that infuses knowledge and energy into the school as a whole.

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