F.A.Q.

We’ve tried to think of the obvious questions. Don’t see the one on your mind? Comment below and we’ll add it to the list.

photo 5Do you Offer Tours?  Information session dates were listed in the email you received with your offer. Unfortunately we cannot offer visits outside of those times as it is disruptive to current instruction.

How many kids in a class? Our goal is more more than 25. From year to hear there are variations due to overall school size, hiring and classroom spaces.

How many teachers?  Two. Generally a Lead Teacher and an Assistant Teacher but ICT classes have two lead teachers, one certified in Special Education

What are your specials?

  • Art
  • Spanish
  • Music
  • Phys Ed

Do you offer yellow busses?   Not at this time.

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We are steps away from the A,C,F,N & R trains (Jay Street-Metrotech), and a three minute walk from the 2,3,4 & 5 trains at Borough Hall. The G train at Hoyt-Schermerhorn is a 10-min walk or you can transfer to the A & C trains to Jay Street.

Numerous MTA busses pass through Jay Street-Metrotech, including the B25, B26, B38, B52, B54, B57, B61, B67, and B75.

Willoughby Street is narrow and crowded. We strongly discourage you from driving.

Do you serve meals?  If you can, we recommend you prepare a home meal. We offer DoE meals, at both breakfast and lunch. They are free for all students. Breakfast is served at 7:30 am

What’s the daily schedule?  8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Most Thursdays we dismiss starting at 12:10.

An example kindergarten day:
8:00-8:45 —  Morning Meeting
8:50-9:40  — Skills Instruction (Phonics, English)
9:45-10:30 – Math
10:30-10:45 Snack
10:50-11:40 – Specials (Art, Music, Gym, Dance (rotating)
11:45-12:45 – Lunch and Recess
12:45-1:05  – Quiet Time
1:10-2:10  — Listening and Learning (Literature, History, Science (rotating)
2:10-3:00  — Small Group Instruction
3:05-3:35  –Choice Time
3:40  — Dismissal / after school activities

More details are on our calendar, here.

Do you offer after school programs?

We have several offerings and provide financial support as needed. Click here to learn more

My child has an IEP. Will he/she receive mandated services?

Yes. ICS serve children with IEPs. We offer one section of ICT per grade, as well as SETSS. Please upload your child’s IEP as part of the enrollment process, and we will follow up with you. You may find this blog post of interest.

Girls croppedWhat’s the ICS approach to discipline?

Thoughtful, balanced and appropriate. We recognize your children are growing and developing and sometimes can’t help themselves; at the same time we have to maintain a safe and orderly environment for all our children and staff. Our Code of Conduct is here

Do the kids wear uniforms?  No. Parents are pretty evenly divided on the question. While we see the upside, we hope our parents can come to a consensus on this over time.  Read this blog post for more of our thinking.

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My child has allergies. What are your policies? We check the issues as we set up classes. We have yet to find an allergy that we could not accommodate. And we expect our other families to be supportive about solutions like nut-free tables and alternate snacks.

My child needs medication during the school day. After you and your doctor have completed a 504 form Nurse Pencil can administer medicine to your child. But not before. Details, and the forms, can be found here.

Note there are different forms depending on your child’s condition. If you have questions you should speak to your child’s pediatrician.

The form has to be signed by your pediatrician, and then you can bring it in or send it to us via email. You CANNOT send your child to school with medicine.

Does my child need to be vaccinated?  Yes. Students must be up-to-date on required vaccines.

The only exemptions are for bona fide religious beliefs and specific medical conditions. ICS is solely responsible for granting religious belief exemptions; medical condition exemptions require a review by a licensed physician.

What do you think about electronics? We do not allow electronic devices at school. Any phones, pads, pods or other electronic gear will be collected and held at the office where you can pick it up. We strongly encourage books, card games, drawing pads and other toys that allow your child to tell a story and interact with his or her friends.

Do you give homework?photo 4  No. We want you (or your partner) to read to your child for 30-45 mins every night, but they do not need more work than what we give them at school. And you’ll see plenty of school work coming home in their backpacks. We hope you’ll ask them about it.