Post Lottery Update

On April 5th, we held our lottery to select from the 714 families that applied for seats for the fall of 2016. (If you have not applied yet, our 2018 waitlist is here) The event was rather sedate, just a few of us in a conference room, joined by our friend and colleague David Frank from the Department of Education's Charter Office, working on an excel file.

But the 50% increase in applications over last year was satisfying and affirming. As were the many parent comments we have received since notifications were sent out.

ICS is hardly a proven quantity yet. But we have a strong parent body that has seen us through the first year and is excited. A diverse community that recognizes the vigorous yet loving approach taken by Principal Ellen Borenstein and the teachers. A group of excited educators eager to return for another year, and many applications to join them.Washington Square Arch

And undergirding this a set of high standards and a belief in the ability of our students and ourselves to rise to them.

My son is beginning the next phase in his educational journey: applying to college. Before he took his ACT this morning we took a few minutes to walk through Washington Square part in Manhattan.

If you look carefully at the top of the arch, you'll see George Washington's exhortation to the Continental Congress: Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair. The event is in the hand of God.

The quote seemed just right, not only for my goals for my own child, but for our collective aspirations for ICS.