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Process

ICS requires that all new students participate in the application process. All prospective applicants will be given an application packet, which includes:

  • A letter
  • An application form
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Brochure with a description of the school philosophy and program


Additionally, all applicants will be invited to an open house for beginning of the year enrollment, or for children to spend a portion of the day at the school for mid year enrollment.

All new students must complete an application and return it to the school.

The purpose of the application process is to:

  • Communicate the school's mission and expectations to prospective students and their parents;
  • Confirm that the student and his or her family are committed to the mission to the school and embrace the high level of involvement with school and community that is fundamental to the school's success; and
  • Provide a means to enroll students.


Admission to ICS will not be restricted based on a student's intellectual ability, disability, race, ethnic background or religion. However, in order to fulfill the school's charter, the following categories will be considered:

  1. Students who are enrolled at ICS in the prior school year.
  2. Siblings of students who are already enrolled at ICS.
  3. All other applicants who reside primarily in Central Falls, Pawtucket, or Providence, secondarily in other cities in Rhode Island.


All applicants in Category 1 will be enrolled if they continue to reside in Pawtucket, Providence, or Central Falls.

All applicants in Category 2 will also be admitted, provided there are a sufficient number of spaces available in the grade and program. If there are more Category 2 applicants than spaces available for that grade, a random, public lottery will be conducted among the Category 2 applicants for the grade and/or program. This lottery will determine which sibling will be admitted to the school. The lottery will continue until all names have been selected in order, for the purpose of creating a waiting list for any vacancies that may occur in the event that an admitted student elects not to enroll at ICS.

If spaces in the school remain available following the admission of all Category 1 and Category 2 applicants, Category 3 applications will be enrolled. If there are more spaces available in each relevant grade level than there are Category 3 applicants, all Category 3 applicants will be admitted to the school. In the event that there are a greater number of Category 3 applicants than spaces remaining available, ICS will conduct a public lottery to select students for admission. As with Category 2 applicants, the lottery will continue until all names have been selected in order, for the purpose of creating a waiting list for any vacancies that may occur.

Consideration of dominant language will influence acceptance of students (how at each grade level: 50-50 balance, increased language proficiency/bilingualism at upper grades).

In the event that a student withdraws from the ICS, an invitation to attend/join the school will be made to the first students on the waiting list for the grade level and program of the withdrawn student. If the student declines, the next student on the waiting list will be invited to attend/join the school. This process will continue until a student accepts the invitation to attend ICS. Students who decline an invitation to attend ICS will be removed from the waiting list. Such students may reapply during the application period for the following school year. Students on the waiting list are rolled over from one year to the next and therefore do not lose their priority from one year to the next.