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The International Community School of Addis Ababa (ICS) 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 1966. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending approximately from the end of August to early 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 Association, the sponsor of the School. The U.S. Embassy appoints one member. 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 program. Instruction is in English. French, Spanish, and Amharic are taught as foreign languages. Art, music, and physical education are offered at all grade levels. English-as-a-Second-Language and computer sciences are offered in grades 1-8. ICSAA is accredited (Kdg.-grade 12) by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The accreditation was completed in 1991 and continues through 2001.
Faculty: In the 2000-2001 school year, there are 35 full-time and 3 part-time faculty members, including 20 U.S. Citizens and 6 host-country nationals, and 12 were third-country nationals.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year, enrollment was 343. Of the total, 72 were U.S. Citizens, 64 were host-country nationals, and 207 were third country nationals. Of the U.S. enrollment, 27 were dependents of U.S. government direct-hire or contract employees and 45 of other private U.S. Citizens.
Facilities: The School is located on a 15-acre tract. There are classrooms with adjoining play areas, a separate library building (including a new elementary library), an administrative office area, new performing arts building, a basketball court, tennis courts, and soccer and baseball fields. The library has over 12,500 volumes. A large multipurpose building that houses a gymnasium, 5 separate teaching stations, and an art room. A separate building houses the kindergarten and prekindergarten sections.
Finances: For the 2000-2001 school year, about 98 per cent of the School's income derive from tuition. The annual rates are as follows: PK: $3,823; Kdg-grade 5: $9,236; grades 6-8: $10,431; and grades 9-12: $10,725. A tuition discount policy gives a 5 percent discount for a third child, 10 percent for a fourth and 15 percent for a fifth. There is a capital levy fee of $1,755 for new students and $585 for returning students. The enrollment fee for all students is $295. (All 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 of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information regarding curriculum, special programs and the like.