The International Community School of Addis Ababa (ICS Addis) is an independent, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1964. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending approximately from mid-August to mid-June.
Organization: The School is governed by a 9-member Board of Governors, 8 of who are elected for 2-year terms by the International Community School Parent Association, the sponsor of the School. 1 member is appointed. Membership in the association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the School and professional members of the staff.
Curriculum: The curriculum is that of U.S. college-preparatory public schools with the addition of the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program. Instruction is in English. French and Spanish are taught as foreign languages. Art, music, and physical education are offered at all grade levels. English-as-a-Second-Language is offered in grades 1-8. ICSAA is fully accredited in the U.S. by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is authorized by the IB Organization to offer the IB diploma. The school’s mission is to “develop the talents and intellects of a multicultural student body using learner-centered, holistic instructional methods, empowering each student to contribute in an evolving world.”
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 77 full-time and 11 part-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 727.
Facilities: The School is located on a 15-acre tract. There are early childhood and elementary classrooms with adjoining play areas. Other facilities include elementary/secondary libraries, a cafeteria, 2 computer labs and sets of laptop computers, a basketball court, tennis courts, soccer pitch, outdoor amphitheater and an all-weather track. The libraries include over 30,000 volumes. There is an indoor gymnasium and fitness room. A classroom block built in 2005 includes modern middle/high school science labs and classrooms. WiFi is available throughout the campus for student, staff and parent use. In 2010 the school initiated a one-to-one laptop program in the middle and high schools. The School is also embarking on construction for new classrooms and a performing arts center.
Finances: 98% of the School’s income derives from tuition. The annual rates are as follows: PK: $6,900; kdg.-grade 5: $16,550; grades 6-8: $18,790; and grades 9-10: $19,310; and grades 11-12: $19,610. A tuition discount policy gives a 5% discount for a third child, 10% for a fourth and 15% for a fifth. There is a capital levy fee of $2,200 for new students (PK excepted) and $800 for returning students. The application fee for all students is $500. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)