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 5How does the lottery work?

By law siblings of current students get a preference. After that, the law also requires that we chose among children living in CSD 13 before any other school district. More details here

What are my obligations once my child is enrolled?

Respond to emails and phone calls; get your student to bed early and bring him or her to school between 7:30 and 8:00 am.

When is the first day of school?

August 29th.

What’s the daily schedule?

8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Most Thursdays we dismiss starting at 12:10, but the details are on our calendar, here.

The last day?

June 23rd, assuming no snow days.

Will you offer middle school?

We hope to expand to k-8 when we renew our charter, but that is a few years off.

iStock_000025480441SmallWhat about yellow busses?

ICS does not offer yellow busses presently. 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.


Girls croppedDo 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.

What’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. We’ve written much more on this question here

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.

Do you serve meals?

Yes. Breakfast is free and starts at 7:30 am.  If your family meets Federal income guidelines, lunch will be either free or reduced price. And of course your child can pack lunch too.

IMG_0051Do you offer after school programs?

We have several offerings and provide financial support as needed.

Click here to learn more

My child has allergies. What policies do you have?

We check which kids face which issues as we set up classes. We accommodate any child with a medical issue. 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 form, 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.

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.

What are the class sizes? Student:teacher ratios?

25 children per class. Each class is has a lead and an assistant teacher.

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.