ICS-West students come from nearly every zip code in Philadelphia with lottery preference given to Sayre, Bartram, and Overbrook catchment areas.

The School District of Philadelphia provides school bus service to ICS-West students after kindergarten for families that live more than 1.5 miles away.

All other families must provide their own transportation to/from ICS-West. The District does not provide bus service for kindergarten students.

All students must submit Transportation/Dismissal forms before the start of every school year (due in May of the previous school year). This ensures that our staff members know every child’s dismissal plan and that children who are eligible for bus service receive a bus stop/route assignment. Students who will be riding the school bus must sign a school bus behavior agreement each year.


ICS-West does not offer an in-house aftercare program, but many neighborhood organizations offer afterschool pickup at ICS-West. You can view the current list of programs here:

Afterschool Pickup Programs

Please note that some programs can only offer services if a minimum number of ICS-West families enroll in a given trimester.

School Bus Service

Please read our Transportation FAQ’s if you are the parent of a student who will be riding the bus in 2018-2019.

The District contracts Total Transportation to provide transportation to all students who sign up for bus service. Families receive their bus stop assignments and pickup times directly from the District by mail in mid-to-late August.

For real-time information on your child’s bus’s status or location during the school year, you must always contact Total Transportation.

Total Transportation: 215-383-0470

District Transportation Office: 215-400-4350

Changes to Your Child’s Dismissal Plan

  • Every child must have a current dismissal plan on file with our Transportation office. If you need to make a permanent dismissal change at any time, please email transportation@icswest.org
  • If your child normally rides the school bus and you do not want your child to get on the bus, you must be waiting at the gym door on 56th st.
  • For the children’s safety, we do not accept daily changes to your child’s plan, except in the case of true emergencies, which should occur about one time per family per year. One-time, emergency changes to dismissal must be made through the front office by calling 215-724-5600

Change of Address

If your family moves, you must submit a change of address form and proof of the new address in order to receive ICS mail at your new address and to receive bus service.

Change of Address Form

Contact codys@icswest.org for further info.

Contact the Transportation Desk

You can contact the ICS-West Transportation Desk for non-urgent questions or permanent changes regarding your child’s bus route or to report problems with a bus route. Emails will be checked once daily.


Urgent issues should be directed to the front office at x2501