Lincoln was one of 35 public and private schools statewide to be nominated for the 2010 award by the California Department of Education, and the only one from Oakland. The school has an API of 933 out of a possible 1,000 points, one of the highest in the district.
About 78 percent of Lincoln’s roughly 600 students come from low-income families, and about 58 percent are English learners, according to its 2008-09 school accountability report card. Most of its students are Asian-American, and about half of its teachers are fluent in Cantonese.
Assistant Principal Angela Aquino gave credit to Lincoln’s experienced teaching staff, which includes veterans of 30 or more years (A former kindergarten student and her teacher are now colleagues!).
“We’ve got such a stable set of teachers who’ve been here for so long,” Aquino said. “With that stability comes consistency.”
In 2007, the American Indian Public Charter School in the Laurel District became the first public school in Oakland to win a National Blue Ribbon. In 2008, Oakland Charter Academy, a predominately Latino middle school in East Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood, won the award.
If Lincoln meets its 2010 No Child Left Behind targets and receives the award, it will be the first district (non-charter) school to do so in Oakland.