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Overall
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Independence Charter School (ICS)
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Math
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Science
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School Incidents
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Reading
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Attendance
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College Bound
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School Details

  • School TypePublic Charter Citywide
  • Grade LevelsK-8
  • Waiting List Size1850
  • Enrollment825
  • PrincipalMs. Kristen Long
  • Phone Number215-238-8000
  • School Emailicslottery@icscharter.com
  • SEPTA RoutesBSL (Lombard-South), Bus (2, 40) Regional Rail: Suburban Station
  • Address 1600 Lombard Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19146
  • NeighborhoodRittenhouse Square
  • TuitionTuition Free Public Charter School
  • Application DeadlineMarch 1st, 2019
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Mission

Our Vision Independence Charter School will foster equity and excellence in learning by embracing global citizenship, bilingual education, rigorous academics, and creative expression through the arts. Our Values Community. We honor and celebrate...

Our Vision Independence Charter School will foster equity and excellence in learning by embracing global citizenship, bilingual education, rigorous academics, and creative expression through the arts. Our Values Community. We honor and celebrate the fullness of our individual and collective humanity. Courage. We accept the challenge and joy of standing for who we are and for everyone’s right to be themselves. Growth. We take risks and do difficult things every day because learning strengthens our relationships to ourselves, each other, and the world. Learning is worth the effort. Equity. We create a just learning environment that provides all learners with what they need to feel and be healthy, safe, and affirmed. All learners deserve academic opportunities that meet their needs.

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Points of Pride

Global education and Spanish immersion program; rigorous academic standards; graduates attend competitive high schools; dedicated, progressive, creative staff; high expectations for family engagement

Global education and Spanish immersion program; rigorous academic standards; graduates attend competitive high schools; dedicated, progressive, creative staff; high expectations for family engagement

Admissions Policy

Independence Charter School holds an annual citywide student lottery in order to enroll new students. Philadelphia families must submit a valid lottery application by the deadline (usually sometime in late winter). The lottery is held every year, and...

Independence Charter School holds an annual citywide student lottery in order to enroll new students. Philadelphia families must submit a valid lottery application by the deadline (usually sometime in late winter). The lottery is held every year, and our waiting list does not carry over from year to year.

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Safety & Culture

ICS teachers are trained in Responsive Classroom (K-4) & Developmental Designs (5-8), programs that foster a positive school community in which healthy social/emotional development is recognized as integral to academic success. We also use Second...

ICS teachers are trained in Responsive Classroom (K-4) & Developmental Designs (5-8), programs that foster a positive school community in which healthy social/emotional development is recognized as integral to academic success. We also use Second Step's Bullying Prevention curriculum. Our teachers receive ongoing training in trauma-informed practices.

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Accreditations & Honors

Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools since 2011 (re-accredited in 2018)

Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools since 2011 (re-accredited in 2018)

School Details & Data

Demographics

Black 39.9%
White 25.1%
Hispanic 20.3%
Asian 4.6%
Other 10.1%

Female & Male Students

Female Students 51.9%
Male Students 48.1%

Special Education

Special Ed 12.8%

Economically Disadvantaged

Students who are economically disadvantaged 51%

English Language Learners

English Language Learner 5.1%

Students Per Grade

Kindergarten Students
95
1st Grade Students
95
2nd Grade Students
95
3rd Grade Students
95
4th Grade Students
95
5th Grade Students
90
6th Grade Students
90
7th Grade Students
85
8th Grade Students
85
Total Students
825

School Incidents

Incidents Per 100 Students
0.4

Activities & Programs

Arts Programs

  • Vocal,
  • Instrumental,
  • Theater,
  • Visual Arts,
  • Dance Instr,
  • Other Instrumental,
  • Dance,
  • School Musicals,
  • Poetry,
  • Literature

Sports Programs

  • Basketball,
  • Soccer,
  • Cross Country,
  • Girls Basketball

Other Activities

Dancing Classrooms (5th grade), Take Flight Travel Program (7th grade), Young Playwrights (8th grade), National History Day (7th-8th grade), signature class trips in middle school (i.e. camping trip, visit to Heifer International Village, canoe trip,...

Dancing Classrooms (5th grade), Take Flight Travel Program (7th grade), Young Playwrights (8th grade), National History Day (7th-8th grade), signature class trips in middle school (i.e. camping trip, visit to Heifer International Village, canoe trip, etc.)

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Electives

7th and 8th grade students have the chance to take a wide variety of electives including poetry slam, journalism, engineering, cooking, graphic design, computer programming, etc.

7th and 8th grade students have the chance to take a wide variety of electives including poetry slam, journalism, engineering, cooking, graphic design, computer programming, etc.

Language Programs

  • Spanish

Parent Programs

  • Parents Home and School Association,
  • Parents Classroom Volunteers,
  • Parents After School Volunteers

Parent Involvement

Our Board of Trustees has two dedicated parent seats; in addition to those two seats, there are usually several other ICS parents on the Board of Trustees. ICS parents volunteer in many areas of the school: during certain classroom activities,...

Our Board of Trustees has two dedicated parent seats; in addition to those two seats, there are usually several other ICS parents on the Board of Trustees. ICS parents volunteer in many areas of the school: during certain classroom activities, organizing family events, going on field trips, reading with students one-on-one, etc.

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Before and After Care

  • Extended Programming

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