FAQ


APPLYING TO ICS


 

Q: How does the lottery work?

In early April we review and confirm the names and addresses of all the children whose families applied for entry. They are then assigned a random number (see Who Can Attend, below). We try to notify families by the second week of April.

Q: Can I switch my child to ICS right now?

It depends on the seats available in each grade. Click here to add your name to the wait list.

Q: How much does ICS cost?

ICS is free.

Q: Do you students wear uniforms?

No.

Q: Who can attend ICS?

A: Charter schools are unzoned, unlike most district schools. ICS is open to all applicants, including students with special needs and English Language learners. Students are chosen in a random lottery, which takes place in early April

Priority is given to:

  1. Returning students

  2. Siblings of enrolled students

  3. Students living in CSD13

Q: What’s the difference between a charter school and a public school?

A: Charter schools ARE public schools. However we are run independently from the DOE. This gives us greater flexibility over our curriculum and staffing in exchange for increased performance accountability.

A school’s “charter” sets out its mission, program, governance and other goals, along with how they are all measured. Schools that do not live up to their charter can be closed, giving them an incentive to succeed.

Learn more here.

Q: How do I apply?

Click here

Q: What grades do you offer?

Kindergarten - 4th grade. Next year we will add 5th and we hope to go to 8th grade. 

Q: Can I apply to more than one charter school?

Yes

Q: What does it mean to be “waitlisted”?

We had more applications in your grade than seats available. As seats become available, we contact families on the waitlist to give them a chance to join us.

Q: What if my child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP)?

About 13% of ICS students have an IEP. Click here to learn more.

 

GENERAL QUESTIONS


 

Q: How many teachers are in each class?

Two

Q: What’s your approach to homework?

We have three expectations for work to be done at home:

  1. We expect families to read to their children every night until they can read independently. At which point we expect the student to read every night.

  2. We expect children to get enough sleep. Probably 10 hours but your experience may vary.

  3. We expect you to organize your child’s clothes, lunch and other school materials so they can arrive before 8:00 am on each school day.

We rarely give worksheets that you are expected to return. We do send home lots of the work that your child completes at school.

Q: How do you approach annual State testing?

Click here.

Q: Do you follow Common Core?

New York and many other states adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to frame learning expectations about 10 years ago. They are not a curriculum, or a law.

ICS uses the Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) curriculum for English instruction. CLKA is informed by, but not related to, the CCSS. We use Eureka Math, which is also aligned to the CSSS, for math instruction.

You can learn more about CCSS here.

Q: What is your approach to discipline?

Safe, thoughtful and nuanced. Click here for more details.

Q: What’s your policy for late arrivals?

We strongly encourage you to arrive before 8:00am when instruction begins. We know that there will be times when traffic and subways delay you, but it is very important that you and your child wake up early enough to arrive on time.

After five late arrivals in any one term the school will initiate a process to help you improve.

Q: What’s your policy for missed days?

We strongly encourage you to attend school on all days it is in session. Illnesses and religious observances  will cause you to miss some days. That’s why it is so important to attend on all other days.

We do not provide excused absences for extended family vacations.

After five late absences in any one term the school will initiate a process to help you address this issue.

Q: Do you offer school buses?

Not currently.

Q: What after school programs do you have?

Click here.

To learn more about NYC charter schools in general, click here.