The Future Starts Here

For the health and safety of our community, Independence Charter School will open 100% virtual on September 8, 2020. Please continue to check our website for updates.

ICS administration will remain in close contact with families with further information as it develops.

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. 

Update from Principal Kristen 06/26

La traducción al español está después del texto en inglés. Dear Families, I hope that this email finds everyone safe and healthy (mentally, physically, and emotionally!). Because we know that inquiring minds want to know, I am writing to let you...

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Community Message 06/11

Dear ICS, I hope that this letter finds you and your families safe and healthy. The 2019-2020 school year has been filled with character defining and life changing moments. We started this school year under construction and with that we were...

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ICS Family News 06/10

Hi ICS families, In case you missed it: CEO Community Update PTA June 2020 Update 8th Grade Virtual Graduation Covid-19 School Resources Are you leaving ICS? If you know that your child will not be returning to ICS next year due to moving out of...

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