INDEPENDENCE CS

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1600 LOMBARD ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19146
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Phone: 215-238-8000
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 5
  • Educational Climate: Below Average
  • Technology Measure: Low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 8th Grade
  • District: Independence Cs
  • Students/Teacher: 14:1
  • Students/Grade: 90.6
  • Number Students: 815
  • Number Teachers: 43
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5096
  • Poverty Level: 30 PERCENT OR MORE
  • Principal: Mr Kareem Thomas
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (31 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (24 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-08-05
    "I really enjoy the feeling of unity that is present when you enter the building. It feels as though we are all part of a team because, "We are. "Students are bright, polite, attentive, caring & thoughtful. We are a part of something wonderful! My son is just about fluent after 2 years of spanish immersion, I am proud of how hard he has worked, and of his teachers for challenging him."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2010-04-27
    "I love ICS, the staff, the teachers, they have a great curriculm and really care about the children, they also have alot of opportunities for the children to grow, they do the National Spelling Bee, the Geographic Bee, Odyssey of the Mind and tons of cultural activities and don't forget about Spanish Immersion, my daughter has already taken Chinese, Japanese, Latin and is bilinigul from Spanish Immersion since Kindergarten and I can barely say Olah!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2010-04-19
    "If you want your child to learn Spanish, this is the place to go. Spanish immersion from Kindergarten through 5th grade, plus great teachers for whom Spanish is their native language--- really wonderful people. Plus a great commitment to learning and excellence. Independence Charter is certainly one of the top charter schools in Pennsylvania, and my personal favorite."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2009-10-24
    "i think this school is an oasis for parents raising kids in the city who can't afford private school and want something beyond the average public school in their nieghborhood. the faculty and sudent body are diverse. the emphasis on the language, tolerance and understanding of people around the world is invaluable. i have found the teachers to be dedicated. lack of extracurricular activies doesn't bother me too much, they seem to be working on that now anyway by offering more clubs and after school activies. the biggest downfall of the school is the lack of athletics or space for physical activity. you just have to accept this going in and keep in mind all the positive things this school offers. they operate on a charter school budget and fundraising. there is no reason why every public school in the city isn't like this one."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2009-09-16
    "My daughter has attended this school since Kindergarten in the enhanced program and is now starting the second grade. As any organization has its growing pains, there have been a few minor issues (miscommunication on a few occasions for after school pick up, etc) but nothing that would prevent me from giving this school 5 stars. The focus on world citizenship and international exposure is exceptional. The languages and cultures that the children are exposed to will be invaluable in helping to create young people that are prepared for our expanding golablization of just about everything. The curriculum for basics is above standard and our daughter as well as her friends that attend have excelled in the past 2 years. The school has already won a National Charter School of the Year award as well as other awards. I would recommend this school to anyone looking to broaden their childs horizons."
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