Charter Schools

Charter schools are public schools that accept external accountability in exchange for greater autonomy from traditional government rules. They are funded by the same taxes that pay for district schools, although we receive about $1,000 less per student each year than a comparable district school.

Charter schools are free to parents. There is no fee to apply.

When more families apply than there are available seats, charter schools must allocate seats by lottery, giving preference to children who live in the district where the school is located.

That said, New York City charter schools are open to all students in New York State, and ICS has enrolled children from the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island.

SUNY’s Charter School Institute approved our application on June 4, 2014. Charter’s are re-authorized every five years.

To apply to attend ICS, click here.