Award Year: 2017

ICAHN Charter School 5

1500 Pelham Parkway South
Bronx, NY, 10461-1100

(718) 828-0034

Mr. Lawford M Cunningham, Principal at time of Nomination

Charter School

ICAHN Charter School District 5

School Website


Icahn Charter School 5, using the Core Knowledge curriculum, developed by E.D. Hirsch, will provide students in grades K-8 with a rigorous academic program offered in an extended day/year setting. Students will graduate armed with the skills and knowledge to participate successfully in the most rigorous academic environments, and will have a sense of personal and community responsibility.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 57%
  • White: 6%
  • Hispanic: 30%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 100%
Fun with the Middle School students!!

Fun with the Middle School students!!

Core Knowledge is the heart of Icahn Charter School 5's curriculum, based on the principle that knowledge builds on knowledge. For our students, the curriculum provides a broad foundation of knowledge while providing deep vocabulary skills needed for reading comprehension. For teachers, Core Knowledge promotes teamwork and allows for a network wide focus of all seven schools in the district. Additionally, the Core Knowledge curriculum enhances accountability and parental involvement. Parents are provided with a clear outline of the expectations for their child. With specific books, such as, "What your Fourth Grader Needs to Know" by E.D. Hirsch, providing this framework. Other supports include, the core knowledge teacher handbook and text resources. Lastly, a monthly syllabus, for each grade, Kindergarten through seventh, is distributed to parents, with topics being taught that month per subject.

Icahn Charter School 5 believes in celebrating successes, big or small, as an important feature to encourage and engage our students. Each month, students are awarded in writing, reading, math, science, social studies, homework, most improved, and Student of the Month to celebrate academic success. Classwork is prominently displayed on bulletin boards with an open invitation to parents to come view them. Teachers and staff routinely send home positive notes or call parents to discuss the successes of their child. Building positive relationships between the student, staff, and parents is not only a goal, but also integral in assuring the success of the student. As a school community, we have set the bar high in regards to student achievement and we fully believe that our expectations are attainable with each accomplishment celebrated.