This School is Growing
This school opened in fall 2016, enrolling grades K-3. It will continue to grow each year and eventually serve grades K-8.
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Overall
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Independence Charter School - West (ICSW)
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Overall
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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 Neighborhood
  • Grade LevelsK-5 (ISCW will enroll K-3rd grade for the 2016-17 school year, then add one grade per year until it has all grades K-8, with a projected final enrollment of 900 students.)
  • Enrollment500
  • PrincipalMr. Julio C. Núñez
  • Phone Number(215) 724-5600
  • SEPTA RoutesBus (52, G); Trolley (13)
  • Address 5600 Chester Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19143
  • NeighborhoodKingsessing
  • TuitionTuition Free Public Charter
  • Application DeadlineJanuary 31st, 2018
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Mission

Independence Charter School West (ICSW), a dual-language school where students learn both English and Spanish, will serve a highly diverse student population in kindergarten through grade 8 and will provide high-quality learning experiences that...

Independence Charter School West (ICSW), a dual-language school where students learn both English and Spanish, will serve a highly diverse student population in kindergarten through grade 8 and will provide high-quality learning experiences that promote academic excellence, global responsibility, and second-language acquisition for all students.

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Points of Pride

ICSW will create a positive learning environment in which all students possess higher-order thinking skills, are fully engaged in daily instruction, make authentic connections to the work around them, and use technology as a bridge to the future....

ICSW will create a positive learning environment in which all students possess higher-order thinking skills, are fully engaged in daily instruction, make authentic connections to the work around them, and use technology as a bridge to the future. This is the imperative for today's learners, and a charge that ICSW takes very seriously.

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Admissions Policy

ICSW's lottery has a admission preference for all students living in the Bartram High School catchment area, Sayre High School catchment area, and the Overbrook high school catchment area, with no more than one-third of the new students enrolling...

ICSW's lottery has a admission preference for all students living in the Bartram High School catchment area, Sayre High School catchment area, and the Overbrook high school catchment area, with no more than one-third of the new students enrolling in any given year residing in the Overbrook catchment area. If enrollment slots are still available after admitting students in the catchment areas, ICSW holds a second, open lottery for the remaining slots.

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Safety & Culture

We believe that we are responsible to a larger community and to one another. We strive to be active stewards of the local and global community. We believe that to reach excellence we must continue to nurture a reflective school community whose...

We believe that we are responsible to a larger community and to one another. We strive to be active stewards of the local and global community. We believe that to reach excellence we must continue to nurture a reflective school community whose members contribute their talents, insights, and hard work in service to our students and to the larger community.

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School Details & Data

Demographics

Black 84.6%
White 4.7%
Hispanic 1.7%
Asian 0.3%
Other 8.7%

Female & Male Students

Female Students 53.7%
Male Students 46.3%

Special Education

Special Ed 9.4%

Economically Disadvantaged

Students who are economically disadvantaged 85%

English Language Learners

English Language Learner 1%

Students Per Grade

Kindergarten Students
100
1st Grade Students
100
2nd Grade Students
100
3rd Grade Students
100
4th Grade Students
50
5th Grade Students
50
Total Students
500

Activities & Programs

Language Programs

  • Spanish

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