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Independence Charter School (ICS)

PHONE: (215) 238-8000 SCHOOL TYPE: Public Charter Citywide GRADES: K-8 ENROLLMENT: 780

Fast Facts

  • Principal

    Tanya Ruley-Mayo, CEO | Kristen Long, Principal

  • Phone Number

    (215) 238-8000

  • Website

  • Neighborhood

    Graduate Hospital

  • SEPTA Routes

    BSL (Lombard-South), Bus (2, 40), RR (Suburban Station)

  • Preschool/Daycare

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  • Application Deadline


  • Tuition

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  • Extended Day

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Our Vision


Independence Charter School will foster equity and excellence in learning by embracing global citizenship, bilingual education, rigorous academics, and creative expression through the arts.


Our Values


Community. We honor and celebrate the fullness of our individual and collective humanity.


Courage. We accept the challenge and joy of standing for who we are and for everyone's right to be themselves.


Growth. We take risks and do difficult things every day because learning strengthens our relationships to ourselves, each other, and the world. Learning is worth the effort.


Equity. We create a just learning environment that provides all learners with what they need to feel and be healthy, safe, and affirmed. All learners deserve academic opportunities that meet their needs.

Points Of Pride

Global citizenship education and Spanish immersion program; rigorous academic standards; graduates attend competitive high schools; dedicated, progressive, creative staff; high expectations for family engagement

Admissions Policy

Independence Charter School holds an annual citywide student lottery in order to enroll new students. Philadelphia families must submit a valid lottery application by the deadline (usually sometime in late winter). The lottery is held every year, and our waiting list does not carry over from year to year.

Accreditations and Honors

Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools since 2011 (re-accredited in 2018)

Hours of Operation

Sun -
Mon7:45 AM - 5:30 PM
Tues7:45 AM - 5:30 PM
Wed7:45 AM - 5:30 PM
Thur7:45 AM - 5:30 PM
Fri7:45 AM - 5:30 PM
Sat -

Extended Programming Details

Entrance Instructions

Main entrance is at the corner of 16th & Lombard Streets.