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Contact Information (School Year 2018—19)
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Last updated: 1/8/2019
School Description and Mission Statement (School Year 2018—19)
ICEF Public Schools
The Inner City Education Foundation (ICEF Public Schools or “ICEF”) is a Charter Management Organization, operating in South Los Angeles and Inglewood, which provides local, underserved students with excellent academic options in their own community. Founded in 1994, ICEF Public Schools currently operates 9 schools serving more than 3,500 students annually. ICEF’s mission is to prepare all students to attend and compete academically at the top colleges and universities in the nation. ICEF is conscious of the relationship between education and the economic prospects of the neighborhood. ICEF serves a 74% African-American and 25% Latino student population with 88% of students eligible for the federal free and reduced-price lunch program, a nationally recognized measure of economic poverty.
ICEF Public Schools provides high-quality college preparatory educational opportunities for children in their own communities, increasing the graduation rate, reducing the number of high school dropouts, and improving college entrance rates of students in South Los Angeles and Inglewood. Our hope is to return well- educated college graduates as highly productive adults to the local community. To best achieve this vision, ICEF is focused on three main objectives.
- Academic Excellence. Our goal is to have 100% of all ICEF graduates accepted into college. Under the guidance of the Chief Schools Officer, the academic team was restructured with the addition of experts in math, literacy and common core instruction, as well as in teacher development. ICEF is focused on supporting teachers with frequent observation, professional development, consistent analysis of student performance data, and constructive feedback from principals.
- Promote and Support Our Culture. In addition to academic rigor, ICEF stands out from the crowd by providing students with rich extracurricular offerings. ICEF provides students the opportunity to participate in outstanding athletics and performing and visual arts programs that enrich and augment their academic experience. At ICEF, music, dance, sports, and drama are not optional "extras." We truly believe that by encouraging our students to participate in these activities - along with their academic studies - we are developing not just stellar students but engaging and talented members of society.
- Financial Stewardship. In an effort to decentralize financial operations and give schools more control over their own budgets, ICEF utilizes a school-based budgeting model. ICEF is transparent with faculty, staff, and the Board about the financial state of the organization through regular updates and open dialogue. We are focused on long-term financial stability while investing heavily in students' current needs.
ICEF Public Schools offers a unique tripartite approach in the areas of Academics, Arts, and Athletics:
- Academics. Academics focus on mastery of the Common Core State Standards to ensure that students are college and career ready. Quality teaching and learning take place through the implementation of the ICEF Teacher Effectiveness Framework, the adoption of Common Core-aligned curriculum and strategies, intensive professional development, and the ICEF-Wide Assessment system. Instructional decisions are based on student performance data and teachers work closely in professional learning teams to reflect on how to best meet the needs of students. ICEF creates a community of learning where stable and mutually respectful relationships with adults and peers are considered fundamental to increasing intellectual development and personal growth. Additionally, ICEF fosters a commitment to teaching a core academic program that utilizes research-based instructional practices and promotes artistic, scientific, and mathematical literacy, as well as critical thinking and reasoning.
- Arts. The Arts department at ICEF prides itself in transforming the learning experiences of our scholars. Students experience the Arts through various opportunities including Arts Integration, Visual Arts classes, Music classes, and hands-on multimodal experiences, including field trips, performances, festivals and partnerships with community organizations.
- Athletics. ICEF believes in athletics for all and offers a variety of sports to match our scholars' varied talents and interests. ICEF recognizes that participation in athletics teaches scholars discipline, respect, teamwork, and sportsmanship while improving students’ confidence and increasing their motivation to excel in school. The social skills emphasized in our sports program are skills necessary for success in learning as well as in becoming well- rounded citizens. To that end, the Athletics Program is an extension of the learning that takes place during the school day. ICEF stresses that student-athletes are students first. Academic eligibility and good behavior are therefore mandatory for participation in athletics.
ICEF schools and staff are guided by core values and beliefs that reflect what we believe are the best practices found in high performing schools that consistently produce well-educated students prepared to enter and succeed in college. The following core values are instilled as guiding principles throughout the entire ICEF organization:
- Community. We will create, grow and support a unified community where we are passionate about the success of our students.
- Diversity. We will respect diversity while using our differences to drive innovative practices that unite us all.
- Empowerment. We will empower our stakeholders to be efficient and effective in delivering the highest quality services for our students.
- Accountability. We will develop a culture of integrity where we hold ourselves and each other accountable for our actions and behavior with our students, our parents, and our stakeholders.
- Communication. We will provide clear, effective, and timely communications within our organization and in our business dealings. Safety. We will ensure a learning environment where students, parents, visitors, and staff feel supported and secure.
- Collaboration. We will make ICEF an enjoyable workplace of professionals where we actively share responsibility, celebrate successes, learn from failures, and work together for the success of all.
Academic Leadership is critical to school success. ICEF principals function as the instructional leaders on campus. The principal’s core responsibilities include teacher support and training, student academic counseling and programming, master schedule creation, and culture building. The ICEF Academic Team supports and provides training to principals to develop their instructional leadership and overall leadership effectiveness. The Academic Team leads principals and teachers in understanding the essential elements of the ICEF Educational Program and the day-to-day operations of their school.
Success will be defined as reaching mutual goals of training and performance. Measures of individual school success will include CAASPP results, API scores, stakeholder (teacher, parent, and student) satisfaction surveys, student retention, and 360 reviews. Overall success will be monitored through charter renewal results. The Academic Team is assigned oversight responsibility for these processes. Key responsibilities of the Academic Team include:
- Develop and implement ICEF’s academic model?
- Guide education team's initiatives, specifically Teacher Development, Principal Training and the transition to the Common Core Standards
- Work with principals to codify and continually enhance ICEF's academic model based on internal and external best practices related to Curriculum, Special Education, ICEF Code of Conduct and teacher Professional Development
- Work with principals to set, measure and attain student achievement targets
- Work with principals to manage teacher intervention process
- Assist new principals in applying ICEF's Instructional Elements to new schools?
- Provide coaching/mentoring to principals and provide guidance/solutions for principals' most pressing challenges and concerns
- Facilitate collaboration for internal network of teachers and principals
- Ensure access to external best practices for teachers and principals (e.g., conferences, outside mentors)?
- Develop efficient process for educational operations including testing, reporting, compliance, and use of data
- Participate in recruiting and selection of educational staff
Last updated: 1/8/2019
Student Enrollment by Grade Level (School Year 2017—18)
|Grade Level||Number of Students|
Last updated: 1/8/2019
Student Enrollment by Student Group (School Year 2017—18)
|Student Group||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Black or African American||71.1 %|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||1.5 %|
|Hispanic or Latino||26.4 %|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||1.0 %|
|Two or More Races||%|
|Student Group (Other)||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Socioeconomically Disadvantaged||96.0 %|
|English Learners||13.4 %|
|Students with Disabilities||15.4 %|
|Foster Youth||0.5 %|