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.

The deadline to apply for the 2017-2018 student lottery has passed.

The submission deadline was Friday, February 10, 2017 at 2pm. (It was extended 24 hours past original deadline of 2/9 at 2pm due to weather-related school closing.)

The lottery drawing will take place on Thursday, March 2nd at 5pm. It is open to the public.

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 2017-2018 student lottery at the following links:

Kindergarten Application

1st-4th Grade Application