It's an always galvanizing combination of Sesame St (PG-13 edition) and Welcome Back Kotter. It's run on well placed rubberbands, salvaged batteries, the mighty, mighty efforts of a small, amazing staff, the harnessed energy of 400 some NYC public school kids, and occasional pennies offered up by cash-strapped parents. My seventh grader is reading Hobbes and Rosseau...my husband didn't read them 'til college...I'm not sure I read them at all!
ICE has many wonderful attributes. One is that both my children LOVE to go to school. That could not be said for their elementary school. The humanities and science program are strong, as is the music department. Creativity is cherished in all subject areas and the school does do not teach to the test. Therefore, my children are learning how to learn and enjoying the process. They are learning a lot about whatever subject they tackle. And I should not forget to mention the wonderful, dedicated teachers who inspire them to reach their potential.
amazingly dedicated and energetic teachers do a great job of harnessing student energy (and there is a lot of it). despite the small student body, each child seems able to find their niche and to find acceptance and support from all the others - a message of compassion that comes from the top down. my daughter and i are both excited about the curriculum, which promotes critical thinking every step of the way. and she continues to flourish in math and science!
The principle and the teachers really love our kids! My son has never loved a school or teachers as much as he does at ICE. He has blossomed since we moved here from australia and is taking school and learning much more seriously now. The teachers at ICE create a fun and exciting learning environment for the children. But not only do the teachers enjoy what they are doing (and it shows) but they are there to provide support for the kids after school every single day and evening. Thank you ICE! We think you are great!
It is a smart, creative, interesting and challenging environment. The project work makes learning active and engaging.
Innovation, creative thinking and independence are on top of the school's priorities. Great school!
Small classes, enthusiastic teachers who know how to instill a love for learning. The kids show improvement in self esteem, confidence and maturity directly related to how they are treated and respected by their teachers. My son is flourishing in this environment and showing a renewed sense of self and joy I haven't seen in him since the schools started teaching to tests. At ICE they teach learning and life lessons that are vital to his future.
All the kids are part of a great community. They are very committed staff and the kids love it.
ICE is the place where each and every student has the opportunity to become a great thinker and a great person, and the teachers are amazing!
ICE is an amazing school that nurtures a kids creativity while building heaps of confidence through experiential learning, lots of support from smart, caring teachers!
great educators, unusual curriculum, small class-size!! LOVE FOR TEENAGERS
The teachers dedication and the way they challenge the students on every level.
The teachers are inspirational. They manage to build up the students in a very positive way.
Rich in community spirit and a tremendous respect for the individual made possible by small class sizes and extremely dedicated teachers. My daughter is in her 7th year at ICE. It is her home away from home--a rigorously academic and nurturing place where she has transformed from a child to a young adult ready for college and beyond.
The school urges students to be independent thinkers. Lots of creative challenges in every subject. The great sense of community urges students to take risks and express freely. At the same time they are supportive of others who may have differences. My son loves to go to school everyday! The teachers are so caring and passionate.
I think the education our children receive prepares them for the real world, not just passing tests
The teachers are very caring and my child has been learning so much.
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