By Shannon Cavender
Siren Feature Editor
Have you ever been asked a question about Lincoln Park and not known how to respond? Well, here’s a guide for a few of the misconceptions we have to deal with.
Do you have academics?
To quote English teacher Edward Wesolowski, “Yeah, it’s great. We even have textbooks and everything.” Lincoln Park students take academics just like every other high school. The only difference is, we take arts classes in addition to our academics. This is a common misconception, because when Lincoln Park was first proposed, the idea was that kids would only attend the school for half a day to study their arts, and then be bused back to their original school districts to take their academics. This plan didn’t work out though, so Lincoln Park became a fully realized high school.
Is your school just like High School Musical?
The first time I heard this question, I couldn’t help but laugh. I said, “No, of course not. That’s so silly.” However, when I came to school with next day, and saw actors practicing their lines, heard singers warming up their voices, and watched dancers practicing their steps in the halls, I thought: Well maybe it is like High School Musical…. Maybe just a little bit…
Were you founded by the band Linkin Park?
This one always gets me. After you’re done peeling your hand off your face from your incredibly justified face-palm, you can kindly explain to them that our school was founded by Nicholas Trombetta. We are called Lincoln Park, because the park located directly behind us is named Lincoln Park. Finally, you can
calmly and slowly explain to them that Lincoln Park is spelled L-I-N-C-O-L-N, not L-I-N-K-I-N.
Isn’t your school an alternative for rich/preppy kids who think they are too good for public school?
The first time I heard this I became a bit annoyed. However, it is a common misconception because it isn’t uncommon for people to think that because we are not a normal school, and we have to be accepted, they think we have to pay tuition. Even if they ask this question rudely, like it has been asked to me so many times, try to understand that they just don’t understand. Charter schools have been around for a while, yes, but they still aren’t that common in this area. Just explain that we are essentially a public school; the only difference is that we have to be evaluated in an arts discipline, and that we don’t have to pay tuition to attend here. It is a free alternative.
Please remember to try your hardest to stay calm and composed while answering these questions. Even if your mind is screaming at you to call the person an idiot, just don’t do it. Be the better person. However, I do not discourage the use of sass. It’s a powerful tool.