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. 

Get round-the-clock access to your child’s academic information, important school events and more through our intuitive Alma portal. Alma puts it all at your fingertips. Log in now.


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 Reopening Community Message 06/04

Greetings, As you may be aware, the Pennsylvania Department of Education released preliminary guidance on school re-opening for the 2020-2021 school year. All school activities must be informed by Governor's Wolf's Process to Reopen Pennsylvania,...

read more

PTA JUNE 2020 Update

Hi ICS families, Our thoughts are with everyone as we all navigate this challenging time for our city and our country. We hope that you are all safe and well in these last days of this unforgettable school year, and we wish you and your students...

read more

Community Message 06/01

Dear ICS, As I pen this message, I struggle to find the words to express just how saddened and dismayed I am; not just by the events of the past week but that we find ourselves at the same point time and time again. Since 1900 and even before...

read more





We’re ready to answer any questions you may have, reach out to an ICS rep now.

Opening Worlds of Opportunity




      215-238-8000, ext. 2222

      215-238-8000, ext. 2228 (Spanish)

      Contact us


1600 Lombard St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146