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Independence Charter School

Mission Statement

Independence Charter School (ICS) is a community-oriented public K-8 charter school located in Center City Philadelphia. At Independence Charter we provide our students with an intellectually stimulating and internationally focused environment emphasizing the arts, languages and world cultures. Recognized nationally for our innovative global studies program, we are the only Philadelphia school to deliver an integrated curriculum that uses world cultures and second language acquisition to introduce and connect content disciplines. One of our ultimate goals is to develop a bilingual, interculturally-competent and high achieving student body. All students at ICS study Spanish within two distinct programs: the Spanish Enhanced program, which includes 30-40 minutes of Spanish daily; or the Spanish Immersion program, in which students begin in Kindergarten with a 90% Spanish and 10% English infusion. By fifth grade that balance is 50/50. Middle school students are also introduced to Arabic with sixth graders receiving one hour of weekly instruction (which increases to two hours in the seventh grade) while continuing their Spanish studies. By the time they graduate, all ICS graduates are bilingual and biliterate in Spanish and have introductory knowledge and skills in Arabic.

Grades Served



Tom Scheid


Kristen Long and Richard Trzaska

Year Opened


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1600 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146

Phone: 215-238-8000


PVAAS Status (What's this?)

Grades 4-8 » Reading

Significant evidence that the school exceeded the standard for PA Academic Growth.

Grades 4-8 » Math

Significant evidence that the school exceeded the standard for PA Academic Growth.

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630 Freedom Business Ctr. Drive, 3rd Floor Suite, King of Prussia, PA 19406
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