Focus Week

"Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. "
--Miriam Beard

About Focus Week

Focus Week is designed to encourage students to explore concepts outside those normally encountered in schools. Students select the FW based on their interests and are placed in a group based on availability and various criteria. The groups begin by meeting with their FW advisor. The outcome is one week in which instructors and their students take their learning off campus. Programs range from an architecture tour of Chicago, service learning in Mongolia, attending the Seattle Film Festival to making podcasts or learning the art of fencing. Whether the destination is Greece, New York City, or a local gourmet kitchen, the students work together--and take learning beyond the classroom walls.

Focus Week Info Night

Info Night is Wednesday, October 22 from 6pm - 6:55 pm at ICS. Come to learn more about the Domestic and International trips. If you cannot attend the meeting, you can follow up with a teacher who is leading that trip for further information. 

Signing up for Focus Week

Instructions: Please review the Focus Week trips or activities that you are interested in. With your parents, complete the Focus Week Form. All of your Focus Week preferences must be submitted by October 26, 2019.  Please only submit one form. If there are multiple submissions, all but one will be deleted.


  • During Focus Week, regular classes will NOT be in session; however, ICS students will be required to attend their FW sessions.
  • A 50% non-refundable deposit for your assigned activity will be due to the bookkeeper, Sue Austin, no later than 3:00pm on December 21, 2018. The final 100% is due March 7, 2019. Payments may be made by credit card via Parent Access.
  • A limited number of scholarships are available. Parents, please contact our principal for more information about scholarships.

Focus Week 2019 Offerings