ICS was of four schools featured in the national report Next Generation Charter Schools: Meeting the Needs of Latinos and English Language Learners co-sponsored by the Center for American Progress and National Council of La Raza
From the executive summary of the report:

Given that state charter school laws have a major impact on students' likelihood to access such schools and how effectively these schools serve students, we consider the most salient state policies affecting Latinos and ELLs. Profiles of four high-performing charter schools that serve a significant proportion of Latinos and ELLs-El Sol Science and Arts Academy in Santa Ana, California; the Raul Yzaguirre School for Success in Houston Texas; YES Prep Gulfton in Houston, Texas; and International Charter School in Pawtucket, Rhode Island-help illuminate how some of these policies are put into practice. The profiles also display effective practices that have been picked up by school leaders who are familiar with working with this population in the charter school context. The lessons they have learned are valuable to both charter schools and traditional public schools alike.

Many of the strategies that these schools have found to be effective in serving Latinos and ELLs can be immediately implemented by both charter schools and traditional public schools. These include:

  • Establishing high expectations for all students' academic, intellectual, and social growth.
  • Accelerating the pace at which English language learners engage with grade-level content.
  • Expanding learning time opportunities.
  • Training all staff on effective instructional strategies to engage ELLs.
  • Using formal and informal strategies to promote family engagement and community collaboration.
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Latest News & Events

  • Join us for two exciting events during Children's Book Week. See details here.
  • Friday, April 14 will be a dress down day. The theme is cultural heritage.
  • is April break is April 17-21.We have a dress down day on April 14 to raise money for the 5th grade field trip to Boston. Students can dress in anything that represents their culture and bring in a $1.
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  • Read an op ed "We Stand With You" written by several school leaders, including ICS Director Julie Nora, in English,Spanish and Portuguese.
  • We now have a new breakfast option for students arriving after 8:20 am. Students can get a "Grab and Go" lunch to take to the classroom. This will cut down on tardies and messes.