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Character Development



In 2012, the Lincoln Charter School Board approved the current mission statement of Lincoln Charter School: To facilitate the development of college-ready individuals through emphasis on rigorous academics and our community expectations: honesty, respect, empathy, responsibility, service and preparedness. This mission statement is based on the original charter of LCS, and serves as a catalyst for defining the “why we exist” and the community expectations are the core values of the LCS community. LCS focuses on college preparation by providing opportunities in academics, athletics, and student life to nurture a student’s potential based on their unique needs and passions.

The mission statement is the guiding principle in all decisions: hiring, student-led activities, discipline. In 2016, targeted questions regarding the mission statement and understanding of the community expectations were added to our parent and staff surveys to allow our teams to monitor the implementation of our mission statement in all we do here at LCS. 

As a result of analyzing our data, our school facilitated professional development to define what character education looks and feels like which has enabled ALL stakeholders to use a common language and helped to increase staff investment in the mission as well as maintaining community expectations. In addition to current staff focusing on the community expectations, all new hire interviews and orientations directly adhere to the mission statement and community expectations. The initial interview questions, which highlight LCS core values, challenge applicants to self-reflect on their beliefs and practices. The orientation experience engrains the LCS purpose and “why” through rigorous activity, education and service opportunities. Throughout the school year, students are exposed to the community expectations. The mission statement is visually hanging in all classrooms and highlighted in daily morning announcements. This is reinforced by our parent survey data which consistently reports (over 95% agree) that the mission and community expectations are known by families, taught in school and modeled by staff.

In addition, our classrooms in grades kindergarten through eighth grade, we utilize Character Strong. This is a comprehensive, evidence-based program that supports life-readiness. At the lower grade levels, this is frequently delivered through a morning meeting within the classroom. In the older grades, this could be delivered through a dedicated time within the day. The three primary goals of Character Strong are: increase a sense of belonging, improve individuals overall well-being, and increase student engagement in the school environment. 


Mission Statement