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In April 1964, the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, by royal decree, allowed the American Community School (ACS) to be established.  The Emperor gave the school a 50 year lease on 15 acres of land on the far, yet to be developed, side of Addis Ababa.

Our doors opened with 1 classroom block, 1 gym, a small library and an outdoor amphitheater.   We had a handful of teachers, 210 students in kindergarten through grade 12, and a lot of hope, promise and potential.

With our start in the mid to late 1960’s, ACS also established its Merit Scholarship Program, became members of the local ISSAAA athletic and activities league, and started on a journey to provide high quality education to ex-patriot families and students.

50 years on, ICS has grown to nearly 850 students, 130 teachers and 120 professionals and support staff.  We have over 100 classrooms including science labs, computer labs and full music and band rooms.  We have a robust athletic and after school activities program with over 100 activities and sports for our students to choose from throughout the year.   We’ve had an amazing and inspiring first 50 years and we look forward to what the next 50 years will bring.