The International Community School of Abidjan, founded in 1972, is a nonprofit, independent, coeducational day school offering an American-style curriculum from kindergarten through grade 12 for children of all nationalities. The school year that typically extends from late August to late June is divided into two semesters.
Organization: The School is governed by a 9-member Board of Directors. Seven members on the board are elected by the Parents' Association and 2 are appointed. Membership in the association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the School.
Curriculum: The School follows an American curriculum that is modified to meet local needs and opportunities. French, the official language of the Cote d'Ivoire, is taught at all grade levels. English-Language Support (ELS) is required of all non-English speakers until their English language proficiency is peer competitive. ICSA is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Council of International Schools.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, the faculty is comprised of 13 full-time and 3 part-time teachers and specialists with 80% holding master’s degrees. The faculty represents a diverse group of qualified teachers.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 80 students.
Facilities: ICSA is housed in a very large residential villa complex that is located in the Riviera III section of Abidjan called M’Pouto. The school complex is composed of 3 two-story buildings, including administrative offices, 10 classrooms with a capacity of 10-15 students each, a science lab, a middle school science room, special classrooms for ELS, a library/information technology center, rooms for art and music, and a canteen/assembly area. The campus is located on land that measures approximately 5000 square meters and includes adjacent space for playing soccer and volleyball.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, approximately 95% of the School’s income derives from tuition fees. The tuition rates are as follows: PreK/KG: $8,200; grades 1-5: $13,200; grades 6-8: $13,600; and grades 9-12: $14,200. There is a one-time capital development fee of $5,000 payable by each family. The annual registration fee is $750. (The above fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)