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Independence Charter School (ICS) provides K-8 students throughout Philadelphia with a next-level, dual-language education experience. Combining exemplary instruction in STEAM academics, a dual-language instructional model and a comprehensive array of enrichment resources in the arts, business and civics, ICS prepares our students for success in the classroom, workplace, in the community and around the world.

Our Mission

Creating successful, culturally aware global citizens.

Language Programs

Dynamic, globally focused dual-language education model.

Fast Facts

Discover the benefits of a foundational education at ICS.

Prospective Families

Parents and families of ICS students are deeply involved with every aspect of their education. Our faculty enjoys a close collaborative dynamic with parents and guardians to ensure their child has everything they need to thrive in and out of the classroom.

Current Families

ICS maintains close, seamless and constant communication with our students’ families, and work them to ensure their future children have access to an education at our institution. Is your younger child ready to start their educational journey? Let’s get started.

Special Education

The mission of the ICS Learning Support Program is to motivate and educate all students. 

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Independence Charter School Announces $9 Million Capital Expansion and Renovation

ICS is growing!

Independence Charter School (ICS), a Philadelphia K-8 public charter school offering bilingual education, will be embarking on a $9 million, 25,000 square-foot facility expansion designed to enhance ICS’ ability to serving a diverse community of learners. With this renovation, ICS will have its first gym and auditorium, a larger, light-filled cafeteria, rooftop playground and ground-level play area, four additional classrooms, and additional office and meeting space. Construction will begin following the 2018-19 school year, and is slated for completion by August 2020. 

School Meals – Beginning March 9, 2021

School Meals - Beginning March 9, 2021 until the end of this school year. All ICS students can receive free bag-breakfast and lunch without parents having to fill out additional paperwork as part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act under...

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In-Person Returning Updates

REOPENING UPDATES: ICS School Meals 03/09 ICS In-Person Program Waitlist 02/25 ICS 1st-8th Learning Lab Students 02/23 In-Person 1st-3rd Graders 02/23 Staff Vaccinations 02/18 In-Person Kindergarten Message from Principal Kristen 02/17 Family...

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La traducción al español está después del texto en inglés   Dear Families, After much consideration and review of the available data, we are planning to open for in-person learning four days per week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) for all...

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