As a public school, ICS-West is open to all residents of Philadelphia, with priority going to students from the Bartram, Overbrook, and Sayre high school catchments. If you’re unsure of your neighborhood high school, check here Philly School Finder.

Students are admitted through a lottery system that takes place in the winter each year. ICSW does not charge tuition or any application fee. Please carefully review our lottery process. If you have questions, you may contact ICS’ administrative staff by phone (215.238.8000) or by email.

Incoming kindergarten students must be five years old by September 1 of the year they start kindergarten.

Our waiting list does not carry over from year to year. You must submit a new application each year to be entered into that year’s lottery.


Please apply for the 2018-2019 student lottery at the following links:

1st-5th grade application

Kindergarten application

To enter the lottery, simply fill out one (and only one) application form for each child and submit to us by Wednesday January 31, 2018 deadline.
Any application submitted after the deadline will be added to the wait list in the order they are received.

ICS-West will select students via public lottery on Thursday, March 1st, at ICS West’s Gym 5600 Chester Avenue 19143.