The Lincoln Academy News and Events

How to Create a Future-Ready K–12 School for Career Exploration

How to Create a Future-Ready K–12 School for Career Exploration

cdw.com March 18, 2022

In building a new charter school, The Lincoln Academy focused on designing a simple-to-manage network that supports collaborative learning spaces.

The Lincoln Academy's exploratory courses for middles schoolers include CNC training and more

The Lincoln Academy's exploratory courses for middles schoolers include CNC training and more

Beloit Daily News, March 2, 2022

The Lincoln Academy recently highlighted its career education offerings, introducing students to many career options.


February was Career and Technical Education month in Wisconsin, so it seemed an opportune time for the school to put the spotlight on its career education offerings.


“At The Lincoln Academy, CTE is a central pillar of our educational framework and the work starts well before high school,” said CEO Kristi Cole. “Using real world applications is revealing itself to be a powerful tool in inspiring curiosity and engaging scholars. It’s exciting to see the level of interest and how it impacts learning.”

Lincoln Academy lets students teach students

Lincoln Academy lets students teach students

Beloit Daily News, Dec 2nd, 2021

As staff at The Lincoln Academy (TLA) work to build culture and relationships within the new 4K-12th grade school, high schoolers have been working with younger students in the school’s laboratories to help prepare them for their future courses and career paths.

Riddle joins TLA, making for an all-Black school leadership team

Riddle joins TLA, making for an all-Black school leadership team

Beloit Daily News, September 15, 2021

All four school leaders at The Lincoln Academy are Black and from Beloit.


Assistant Principal of Instruction Tavi Riddle of Beloit is joining the other three Black school leaders—Principal Priscilla El-Amin, Dean of Scholars for 4K through Fifth Grades Ryan Anderson and Dean of Scholars for 6th through 12th grades Ezi Adesi.

First day of school kicks off at SDB and TLA

First day of school kicks off at SDB and TLA

Beloit Daily News, Sept 2, 2021

Wednesday was a big day in Beloit as the School District of Beloit and The Lincoln Academy had their first day of school for the year with pleasant weather and lots of excited children and parents.


It was a momentous day for The Lincoln Academy, 608 Henry Ave., as the charter school was opening its doors to its first school year. Staff, dressed in uniforms like the students, waved pom poms and danced to some energizing tunes as students entered the new school on a red carpet. Four buses brought in students and lots of cars were in the drive through lane.

Contractors donate to Lincoln Academy

Contractors donate to Lincoln Academy

Beloit Daily News, August 26, 2021

As The Lincoln Academy prepares to open on Sept. 1, it recently received material donations totaling $212,603 to support the school’s career and technical education programming from nearly 20 companies which worked on the project.


In an interview Tuesday, Lincoln Academy CEO Kristi Cole said construction on the new school is complete. Workers are adding the finishing touches on items such as landscaping. Crews repaved the parking lot and added signage.

Beloit nature lovers explore and learn about animals living in water

Beloit nature lovers explore and learn about animals living in water

WREX.com August 8, 2021

BELOIT, WI (WREX) — Kids in Beloit got the opporotunity to get the chance to look deeper into what species live in water.


The Peek Into The Creek event was hosted Saturday at the Nature At The Confluence in South Beloit.

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The Nature at the Confluence, the Welty Environmental Center and Lincoln Academy all helped put on the event.

Lincoln Academy announces partnership with Wisconsin Reading Corps

Lincoln Academy announces partnership with Wisconsin Reading Corps

Beloit Daily News, May 19, 2021

As The Lincoln Academy enrollment reaches 395, those with the school announced its designation as a Wisconsin Reading Corps site for the 2021-2022 school year, its mascot, colors and other programming in the works.


A program of AmeriCorps, Reading Corps specifically focuses on reading literacy for students in kindergarten through Grade 3.


Reading is the foundation of all learning, however in Wisconsin, over half of children struggle to read by third grade, said The Lincoln Academy CEO Kristi Cole.

The Lincoln Academy is awarded ENERGY STAR designation

The Lincoln Academy is awarded ENERGY STAR designation

Beloit Daily News, May 11, 2021

With 75% of the building now complete, The Lincoln Academy, a three-story, 4K-12 independent public charter school, is nearly ready for the start of the 2021-2022 school year. The project is being awarded the ENERGY STAR design rating.


According to ENERGY STAR, the rating is “awarded to commercial and multifamily high rise new construction projects that have been verified that the estimated energy use meets strict U.S. EPA criteria and received an ENERGY STAR 1—100 score of 75 or higher.” This means that the school building is designed to perform better than 75% of comparable buildings that are being built today.

The Lincoln Academy enrolls 377 students, wait list for 4K

The Lincoln Academy enrolls 377 students, wait list for 4K

Beloit Daily News - Mar. 10, 2021

As of Wednesday, The Lincoln Academy had accepted 377 students out of its target of 400 students with a majority of them coming from the Beloit School District, according to data provided by The Lincoln Academy.


“The response to open enrollment was overwhelmingly positive,” said CEO Kristi Cole in an interview Wednesday. “We’ve reached 94% of our enrollment target and will continue to accept applications on a first-come, first-served basis until all grades are full.”

Lincoln Academy predicts gap between state funding and educational costs

Lincoln Academy predicts gap between state funding and educational costs

Beloit Daily News - Mar. 1, 2021

The Lincoln Academy charter school will receive less government funding for its students than traditional public schools.


The resulting financial gap will be filled by the Hendricks Family Foundation in the first five years, along with other private funding commitments, donations and potential grants.


“Because of school finance policies, charter schools throughout the country must always do more with less and must raise private resources such as grants, private donations and sponsorships in order to fund school operations. The same will be true for The Lincoln Academy,” said Kids First Beloit Board of Directors Secretary Lisa Furseth.

Lincoln Academy construction on schedule

Lincoln Academy construction on schedule

Beloit Daily News - Jan. 25, 2021

Construction on The Lincoln Academy is about 60% complete, with opening on schedule for July 2021.


With technical education lab spaces, breakout rooms and visible mechanical and electrical systems, the school has many features to foster teachable moments and hands-on learning.


“We were able to build a state-of-the-art facility in which every decision we make is focused on the best interests of the scholar,” said CEO Kristi Cole.