The Little School at the Lincoln School

Client: Lincoln School
Location: Providence, RI
Size: 4,700 SF

Rooted in Quaker principles and dedicated to a dynamic education for girls, the K-12 Lincoln School located in Providence, RI, has a highly respected early education program. This project provides additional capacity and creates indoor and outdoor spaces fully aligned with the Reggio-Emilia-influenced curriculum and Quaker values. At site scale, the LEED Gold certified, net-zero energy project improves the campus connection to the neighborhood, supports the school curriculum with biophilic interventions, and is incredibly energy efficient. The architecture reflects Quaker simplicity with light, sensory-rich, indoor and outdoor spaces. This sustainable design project has become a model for the state of Rhode Island.

The Little School is a small but mighty example of the integration of building and landscape design with Lincoln’s Reggio Emilia-influenced approach. The expansion created a dedicated home for toddlers to 3-year-old students. This state-of-the-art early childhood center features innovative classrooms, a working space for Little School faculty and staff, and a dedicated outdoor natural play space. It was designed to promote a connection with nature, and with sustainability and LEED accreditation in mind.

This project first of two phases of the Lincoln School’s Building Beginnings campaign, dedicated to expanding and enhancing their Little and Lower schools. The second phase will enhance the existing Lower School building. It will transform the entrance of the Lower School into a library and learning center with an emphasis on flexible, student-centered community space. Externally, the facade of the Lower School will be redesigned into a fresh, modern, welcoming entrance to match the best-in-class learning that takes place inside.

The Little School at the Lincoln School Video

Lincoln School Master Plan Update