Prospective families

ICS was built on the philosophy of deep and consistent collaboration with parents and families throughout our students’ educational journeys. Make your family part of the ICS family today.


The ICS admissions process fosters inclusion, equal opportunity and engagement from students across Philadelphia’s over 40 zip codes. While space is limited to 825 students, we strive to provide opportunity for as many students as possible to reap the benefits of our rich and robust global learning opportunities.

The Lottery Process:

ICS enrolls students through an annual lottery process to make the process fair and equitable to all interested students and parents. Any student living in Philadelphia and entering grades K-8 is eligible to enter the lottery.

Application Process

For a student to be eligible to attend kindergarten in for the upcoming year, they must turn five by September 1st. All applications received by the lottery application deadline each year are entered into a drawing. Available spaces at the school are then filled in the order that the names are drawn in the lottery.

        1. Application window: Friday, September 22, 2023 through Monday, January 22, 2024.
        2. Lottery Date: Wednesday February 7, 2024
        3. Notification Date: Friday, February 9, 2024
        4. Acceptance Date: Friday, February 23, 2024
Important Guidelines

  • All information must be complete and accurate.
  • You must submit a separate application for each child.
  • Only one application per child will be valid.
  • It is your responsibility to notify us if your contact information changes.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that you have received an email receipt and save it for your records.
  • The waiting list does not carry over from year to year.
  • If you live outside of Philadelphia, you are not eligible to enter the lottery drawing. You will be added to the end of the waiting list after the lottery drawing.
Sibling Preference

ICS gives lottery preference to new students who already have a sibling enrolled in the school. Siblings must live in the same household and have the same legal parent/guardian. Families must submit a valid lottery application by the deadline to be eligible for sibling preference.

Additional Enrollment and Application Policies

If you would like to learn more about our school services, policies, and procedures before applying, please refer to our Policies page.

Take A Tour

The relationship between ICS faculty and prospective parents very often starts with touring our school and getting better acquainted with our teaching philosophy, resources and aspirations for our students. Contact our admissions representatives below to see if ICS is the right fit for your child. We look forward to meeting you!


ICS is accessible via the following SEPTA Routes: Broad Street Line (Lombard-South), Bus (2, 40) Regional Rail: Suburban Station.

This Year’s Applications

Kindergarten Lottery Application

In kindergarten we typically accept 92 students each year. Start your child down the ICS path by completing the application process today.

1st through 8th Grade Application Process

On average, we are able to accept about 20 total new students per year from the waiting lists in 1st-8th grades (approximately two or three new students per grade).

Opening Worlds of Opportunity




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1600 Lombard St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146

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