Lottery Overview

In August 2017 ICS plans to offer about 120 seats in kindergarten (100) and first, second, and third grade (20).

What follows is a detailed explanation of the lottery process. This may not address every issue, but comment below if you are confused, and we’ll follow up.


Attar the poet


Ellen and I have been through kindergarten admissions as parents ourselves. It is stressful and fraught. We wish it were not so. But as the medieval Persian poet Attar of Nishapur once wrote, “this too shall pass.”

Remember that you are fine parents, with wonderful, unique and beautiful children who will grow up to amaze you. Cure cancer; make art; solve global warming; take care of you in your old age.

Whether they attend ICS or not.

The Details

As of April 2nd we received the following applications:

1st, 2nd, 3rd Grade Kindergarten Total
CSD 13 42 257 299
Non-CSD 13 158 235 437
Total 200 492 692

Our lottery will be held on April 4th, at 10:30 am at our school.

State law families requires that we give preference to families residing in CSD 13. Their names will be drawn randomly, but before the names of families who do not live in the district.

If a child with a sibling is offered a seat, we must offer a seat to his or her brother/sister, even if they have a lower number in the lottery.

After generating and assigning the random numbers, we will check for errors. As a result it will be a few days after April 4th before we email parents with the news of their number and status.

The email you receive will contain specific instructions about next steps, including our enrollment process and information sessions. We will host information sessions in late-April and Early May so that families can see our building, ask specific questions and meet other potential ICS families prior to committing on April 29th.

Waitlist Policy

Children to whom we cannot offer a seat will go onto our wait list in the order of their lottery number. When seats become available we will call once and email you twice; you will have 24 hours to reply. If you do not respond, your name will be removed from the waitlist.

Families can join the waitlist at any time.

We remain grateful for your incredible support and enthusiasm.


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