School Vacation Programs

The Lincoln Academy dormitories are closed for three school vacations in December, February, and April each year.

  • Winter Break: December 16, 2023 – January 2, 2024
  • February Break: February 17, 2024 – February 25, 2024
  • April Break: April 13, 2024 – April 21, 2024

While Lincoln Academy’s dorms are closed during December, February and April breaks, we strongly encourage students to travel with their families or try a camp experience at our local partner Kieve-Wavus. We also offer a limited number of homestay experiences each year. Students are placed with vetted families in the community, who are often Lincoln Academy faculty, staff, or alumni. Space is limited, so please register your student as soon as possible.

Contact Trish Jonason in the Resident Life Office with any questions or to complete your child’s registration:

April Vacation 2024- Jersey Shore/ Philadelphia

Our April Vacation trip this year will be a 9-day excursion to the New Jersey Beach and Philadelphia. First stop: Ventnor City, New Jersey. We’ll enjoy the comforts of a beautiful beach house and unwind after a long trip. The surrounding area will provide plenty of opportunities for walking the beach, the Atlantic City Boardwalk and more. This is a time to sleep in, rest, and enjoy slow and carefree days.

On day 4, we will pack up and drive 100 km to Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love and a cultural treasure trove. Known as the “Birthplace of America”, students will explore the old city and become familiar with the city’s role in the founding of our democracy and its important citizens. Chinatown, sports, shopping, and museums will round out our 4 days exploring the city. Our accommodations will be a beautiful townhouse, complete with 2 kitchens, movie theater, arcade room, rooftop terrace and view of the skyline. Located in the Fishtown neighborhood, this safe and walkable area will provide students with the opportunity to explore the city in small groups.

philli skyline

In collaboration with Lincoln Academy’s Career and Academic Counseling (CAC) office, we will organize 2 university tours in the area. Possible area schools to tour include: The University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Drexel University, LaSalle University and Pierce College.

Cost: $1000 per student.

Pricing includes meals, transportation, shared accommodations, and group activities. Students should bring their own spending money for personal expenses.

Thanksgiving Vacation – November 2023

Dorms remain open. Students have the opportunity to enjoy this special holiday meal with a local host family and we travel to Camp Kieve for a celebratory dinner.

Thanksgiving with Friends

Students gather with friends for a Thanksgiving Meal.

Thanksgiving Holiday Meal: Spend this traditional American holiday with a local family, and enjoy a hearty meal with their friends and family. A true cultural immersion!

Spend the Wednesday before Thanksgiving at Kieve-Wavus and enjoy a traditional meal with their fellow boarders. All students staying on campus will experience this tradition- No need to apply!

Photos from previous years

December Vacation 2023

The Dorms will be closed for December Vacation. Students plan to travel home during this time, take part in a homestay or explore the US with their families.

Winter Skating Friends

Students enjoying winter in Maine.

Homestay: If a student is unable to travel home for all or part of the December Vacation, we offer a limited number of homestay placements with trusted families in the local community. These homestays are typically reserved for students with winter athletic team commitments. During the homestay, students take part in day-to-day activities alongside their hosts, share in meals, excursions, and are immersed in the English language and American culture. December Break is also a unique opportunity to share in special holiday traditions and festivities. Students are typically placed in pairs and host families receive a stipend to offset the expense of room, board, and transportation for the students during the school vacation. The fee for the homestay program over the two-week December Vacation is $65 per night.

February Camp at Kieve-Wavus (2)

February Vacation 2024

The dorms will be closed during this week, and many students plan to travel home, take part in Winter Break Camp or explore the US with their families.

Winter Camp at Kieve-Wavus: Students who would like to stay in the local area may consider taking part in Winter Camp at Kieve-Wavus Leadership School located on beautiful Damariscotta Lake in Jefferson, Maine. Students will join their friends for a week of winter exploration of the outdoors and local attractions. Snowshoeing, skiing, skating, tobogganing, relaxing by the fire, hot cocoa and art museums. Participating students will also have an opportunity to take the train to Boston for a day trip. Kieve-Wavus’ caring staff will give your student a wonderful experience to remember. The program fee for winter camp is $1000. Space is limited, so sign up early!

Spend your vacation with us!