Teaching in the languages of our community: English, español, and Português
Welcome to the International Charter School!
Since 2002 when the International Charter School (ICS) first opened its doors, the school has become a leader in bilingual education.
ICS currently enrolls students in kindergarten through 5th grade and uses a dual-language immersion model, which means that students spend 50% of their time studying in English and 50% of the time studying in either Spanish or Portuguese.
We are proud to have the distinction of being the only public school in Rhode Island to earn International Baccalaureate® (IB) authorization, and the only school in the state to offer the IB Primary Years Programme. This highly respected, transdisciplinary framework nurtures and develops young students as caring, active participants in a lifelong journey of learning.
In addition, ICS was one of four high-performing charter schools to be featured in a 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. The report highlights the strategies ICS and other featured schools use to effectively serve the educational needs of Latino and English language learner populations, models that are recommended for both charter schools and traditional public schools across the country.
Another ingredient in ICS’s success is the fact that we employ a highly diverse team of teachers and staff—approximately 60% are native speakers of languages other than English. This is significant because according to a growing body of research, students tend to benefit from having teachers who look and sound more like their own background.
ICS is committed to growing and finding new ways to best meet the educational needs of the diverse communities we serve throughout Rhode Island. I invite you to explore our website to learn more. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me, Assistant Director Rosa DeVarona, or Annetti Perea, our family and community liaison.
Julie Nora, Ph.D.