• Recruitment for 2023/2024

    To learn more about the Lyceum, please join us for Open House on January 10, 2023 at 6:00. Please arrive by 5:45.  

    Stay tuned to the district Magnet Program page for more information about the application process.

     

    The Lyceum Overview

    Founded in 1994, The Lyceum is the premier middle school magnet program in Alachua County. All students at each of the three grade levels have the same core academic teachers. The Lyceum is a program for bright, motivated, and talented students who want to develop a strong, rigorous, well-rounded education. Our goal is to provide our students with an academic foundation that will lead them to success on any path they choose in high school, university, and beyond.

  • Community Service

    We believe community service is an important component to the Lyceum. Each student is expected to complete 9 hours of community service per grading period for a total of 36 hours for the school year. Community service allows students to explore their interests and develop a passion for helping others. It also helps students hone their time management skills as they learn to balance a rigorous school load and still continue to have time for family, friends, and others. We are especially proud that our students donate over 11,000 hours of community service a year as they maintain some of the highest academic standards in Alachua County. More information about community service requirements and suggestions for places to volunteer your time can be found in the Lyceum handbook. 

FAQs

  • Who do I call to schedule a parent conference?

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    Contact the Grade Level Team Leader.

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  • Can students take courses through FLVS?

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    Students are required to take all the courses offered at Lincoln. They may elect to take other courses through FLVS or eAlachua eSchool above their Lyceum program coursework. Some students elect to advance their math sequence by completing coursework over the summer. Other students take High School level electives while in middle school. 

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  • What are Lincoln's school hours?

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    The first bell is at 9:20 a.m. (tardy bell at 9:25 a.m.) and the day ends at 3:37 p.m. 

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  • What is different about The Lyceum from other middle school programs in Alachua County?

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    We are fortunate to live in a county that offers so many wonderful school choices. Founded in 1994, The Lyceum is the premier middle school magnet program in Alachua County. What makes The Lyceum an outstanding educational experience is the grade-level teaming that takes place. This is the true middle school concept. The teachers cooperate with each other for interdisciplinary curriculum units and work hard to make the middle school years a rewarding and fun experience. 

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  • Are Lyceum students automatically accepted into the Cambridge and/or IB programs?

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    No, there is no automatic acceptance into Cambridge and/or IB. 

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  • Where do Lyceum graduates go to high school?

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    We pride ourselves on preparing our students for any of the rigorous academic high school programs available in Alachua County. Over the past several years, over half of our 8th -grade students chose to attend the International Baccalaureate Program at Eastside High School. In a typical year, Lyceum students make up approximately half of the entire IB class. As the Cambridge Program has grown at Gainesville High, more of our students have chosen to go there. Also, many of our students have gone on to Buchholz High for their Honors/Advanced Placement, Entrepreneurship, or Academy of Finance programs. Typically, our students do very well and tell us they feel very prepared for the rigorous curriculum of either the IB or Cambridge programs. 

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  • Do students have time for extra-curricular activities?

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    Absolutely! Approximately 90% of our students are actively involved in a variety of extra-curricular activities (sports, dance, church/synagogue, scouts, theater, etc.) We want and encourage students to be well-rounded individuals. 

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  • How much homework do Lyceum students have each day?

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    Of course, it varies from student to student, but the average is approximately 60 - 90 minutes per night. Most assignments, except for math, are given well in advance of the due dates, and time management skills are emphasized throughout the program. 

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  • What classes do Lyceum students take?

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    Currently 6th and 7th grade students in the Lyceum take five advanced classes each day (math, social studies, science, language arts, and research) and one exploratory (elective) class. Eighth graders take five advanced classes each day, which include French or Spanish in lieu of the research class and one elective. 

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  • How are students selected?

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    Students are ranked based on their grades, test scores and behavior. Lincoln will select 132 students per grade level. 75% of the students and 25% is decided by the district's lottery system. 

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  • Do students have to be staffed into a "gifted" program to be eligible?

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    No, although approximately 2/3 of the Lyceum students have been in "gifted" programs in elementary school. Many others come from private schools where there are no gifted programs. What characterizes and differentiates the Lyceum Program is the emphasis on student performance and work ethic. The program necessitates both intelligence and effort. 

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  • What is The Lyceum Center for Advanced Studies?

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    The Lyceum is an advanced studies program for bright, motivated, well-behaved middle school students living in Alachua County. If accepted, free bus transportation is provided. The Lyceum (capitalized) was the gymnasium in ancient Athens where Aristotle taught. It also means "an institution for popular education providing discussions, lectures, concerts, etc."

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