The mission of the International Charter School of New York (“ICS”) is to prepare students from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds for a lifetime of active, engaged citizenship in their city, their nation and the world.
ICS’s vision is to deliver a rigorous, academic experience. To offer intellectual and personal growth that leads students from across Brooklyn to excel at the most demanding middle and high schools. And to build in our students character strengths such as empathy, respect, perseverance and honesty that are strong predictors of future success.
Who can attend? ICS is open to any child in New York State. We hope to enroll our first classes of kindergarteners and 1st graders in September 2015. After that we’ll add a grade a year. Learn more here
Where are you? We are seeking space now. We hope to locate between Downtown/DUMBO and Clinton Hill/Bed-Stuy, convenient to public transportation. Learn more here
What makes ICS different? One contrast is our focus on a coherent, sequenced core curriculum that builds international understanding through literature, writing, music, art, history, science and math. We begin Spanish in kindergarten and offer other languages in our after-school program. Another distinction is our vow to recruit a diverse student body, and ensure that all our students succeed. Learn more about what makes ICS different and see if our values align with yours here
What do the kids do all day? A typical day at ICS has lots of reading and math, but also includes yoga, art, music and free play time. See the schedule, and details about our curriculum, here
Who is ICS? School founder Matthew Levey is a father of three New York City public school students, with deep global understanding from his work as a US diplomat in South America and Eastern Europe and business insight from a decade of management consulting. A parent activist for many years, he is married to a high school ESL teacher.
The ICS Board features teachers, principals, parents, community members and business leaders.