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International Community School of Addis Ababa

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CurriculumsIB and American
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 2 to 18
Yearly fees (G7): 831,602 Birr
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 24 students / class
Maximum 24 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
Yearly fees: 831,602 Birr
Address: Mauritania St, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Number of students

950

Number of nationalities represented in the school

65

Ratio of local students to international students

The percentage of children from the international community should be at least 95% of the enrollment in any grade level in the early childhood and elementary, 90% of the enrollment in any grade level in the middle school, and 85% of the enrollment in any grade level in the high school. The overall percentage of spaces for children from the international community should be at least 90% schoolwide.

Max. number of students per class

Early childhood classes have a maximum of 16 students, with a primary teacher and a teaching assistant.
Kindergarten classes have a maximum of 18 students, with a primary teacher and a teaching assistant.
Grade 1 classes have a maximum of 20 students, with a primary teacher and a teaching assistant.
Grade 2 classes have a maximum of 22 students, with a primary teacher and a teaching assistant.
Grades 3-5 have a maximum of 24 students, with a primary teacher and a teaching assistant.
Middle and high school classes have a maximum of 24 students. Some classes may be smaller, especially in the high school, due to the range of class options available.

Average number of students per class

24

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English speaking teachers

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in English

English as an Additional Language

Additional language classes offered by the school

Spanish, French
Students fluent in a language other than English may be able to join ICS' Mother Tongue Maintenance Program, which runs for one hour on Wednesday afternoons. Mother tongue groups are run by parent volunteers, and ICS usually has about 20 different groups.

Use of technology in the classroom

ICS boasts excellent technology facilities and it is constantly aiming to improve them. ICS has a dedicated Makerspace and Roboitcs Lab, located in its new building, which is used by students in all grades. Individual classrooms are all equipped with technology tools. All elementary classrooms have desktop computers as well as SmartBoards, document cameras, printers, etc. Secondary classrooms each have a projectors, and shared access to document cameras and networked printers. Some secondary classrooms have SmartBoards and ICS is expanding their use throughout the school.

ICS has shared resources that are used throughout the school: several sets of laptops and iPads which classes can check out, as well as other resources (cameras, projectors, etc.) that can be checked out by teachers. ICS' campus-wide network gives all students and teachers access to the internet, and ICS has a dedicated guest network for parents and community members.

Uniform required

ICS does not have a school uniform. Students in middle and high school (grades 6-12) are expected to follow the ICS dress code. Students in grades 6-10 must purchase ICS shorts and a t-shirt for their physical education (PE) classes.

Waiting list

Depends on the grade level.

Entry evaluation for students

Assessment

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

ICS encourages families to plan your transition to Addis to allow your children to start school at the beginning of the school year in August. The beginning of the second semester in January is a good alternative. However, ICS understands that this is not always possible.

Students can join after academic year begins

A rolling admissions policy applies to international applicants.

External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma

School bus service available

ICS does not provide a bus service. Many families live in the Old Airport neighborhood and drive their children to school, or hire a driver. Some families may walk to school and older students sometimes ride their bicycles to school.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Learning Support can provide an appropriate education for most students, including non-native English speakers, students with mild to moderate learning disabilities and highly capable students. However, because of the limitations of the local professional support network, ICS is not able to serve the educational needs of those students with more serious mental, physical, emotional or learning disabilities. The campus is also not handicapped accessible.

Learning support offered

Learning Support Services:
- Collaborative Push – In support to the mainstream classroom with Student Support Team teachers and/or teaching assistants
- Pull-Out Services for students needing specific and targeted assistance

Learning Support is given to students who are diagnosed with a learning disability or are not meeting grade level benchmarks.

School start time

8:00

School finish time

Nursery 2 - KG2: 12:00
KG3 - G12: 15:20, Wednesdays: 14:00

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

After school activities are available for students in grade 1 through grade 12 and include clubs, activities and athletics.

School provided lunches

Yes

Sports facilities at the school

Sports pavilion: there are four spaces that can be used simultaneously, for sports such as basketball, tennis, volleyball.
Outdoor soccer pitch, sports track, outdoor basketball court.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

ICS students in all age groups (U12, U14, U16, U19) have the opportunity to compete in the eight school local league (ISSAAA) in Addis Ababa. Local schools compete in Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Track & Field and Cross-Country.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The International Community School of Addis Ababa is an independent international school, offering an educational program for students of all nationalities in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Teaching approach of the school

ICS, accredited in the United States, develops the talents and intellects of a diverse, multicultural student body through a learner-centered holistic program, empowering each student to contribute and excel in the 21st century.

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