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Mr. Lawrence W. Jones, Director
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 by the U.S. Ambassador. Membership in the Parents' 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-as-a-Second-Language is required of all non-English speakers until their English is competitive with that of native speakers. Kindergarten through grade 12 is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, grades 6-12 are accredited by the European Council of International Schools.
Faculty: There are 60 full-time and 1 part-time staff members in the 2000-2001 school year, including 37 U.S. citizens, 9 host-country nationals, and 15 third-country nationals.
Enrollment: Enrollment at the beginning of the 1999-2000 school year was 468. Of the total, 149 were U.S. citizens, 7 were host-country citizens, and 288 were children of 54 other nationalities. Of the U.S. enrollment, 143 were U.S. citizens, 6 were host-country nationals, and 319 were children of 54 other nationalities.
Facilities: The School is housed in purpose-built facilities located on a 5.25 hectare site in the Riviera III section of Abidjan near the Lycèe Français. The school complex is made up of 18 buildings, including administrative offices for the director, the deputy director, the lower school principal, the registrar/counselor, the business manager, and the general services officer; 28 classrooms (each designed to accommodate 25 students grades Kdg.-12); 3 science laboratories; 10 language and special services rooms for ESOL, French, and intensive English; and several specialized rooms such as the library, 2 computer centers, the art room, the music room, a locker/shower room, and the infirmary. The campus also has a regulation-sized soccer/football pitch, a 400-meter track, and a softball field.
Finances: Approximately 99 percent of the School's income in the 1999-2000 school year derives from tuition fees. The tuition rates for 1999-2000 are as follows: Kdg.: $9,210; grades 1-5: $9,670; grades 6-8: $11,520; and grades 9-12: $11,800. There is a one-time capital development fee of $3,570 payable by each family. The annual registration fee is $370. (The above fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)
This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. The Office of Overseas Schools (A/OPR/OS) may have more detailed information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further with A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information regarding curriculum, special programs and the like.