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Honors & Accreditation


Association of International Schools in Africa Award for Excellence 2016

Awarded to ICS student Nardos Kebede

AISA established the AISA Award for Excellence in 2008 as a way of recognising and rewarding the achievements of outstanding students within the AISA network. Successful nominees are students who have attained high academic results, but just as importantly, whose character exemplifies the association’s values.

AISA values are demonstrated by those who:

  • Promote a school environment that is characterized by a sense of hospitality and friendliness, collegiality and community among students and between students and staff.
  • Demonstrates by example the concept of service to the human family either within or outside the school environment.
  • Seeks to understand, appreciate and promote African cultures through service activities, participation in cultural events, or personal expression through African literature, languages, music, art or dance.
  • Embraces a world view which celebrates human unity and diversity. This trait could be demonstrated through service activities, or student activities, cultural events, membership in clubs or organizations within or outside of school, academic projects, or any form of artistic expression.

Nominations for this award are due no later than February 1st of each year with the AISA Board confirming the successful candidates at the March board meeting.


American Association for International Education: Margaret Sanders International Schools Scholarship 2016

Awarded to ICS student Kedest Methewos

Margaret Sanders' career with Walsworth Publishing Company began in 1961, and during the subsequent four decades she traveled the world assisting schools with the publication of their yearbooks. This exciting career afforded her the opportunity to develop a close identification with overseas “American/International” schools and their diverse and interesting populations. Mrs. Sanders passed away in 2009 but before her death she established this scholarship fund in perpetuity to "give back” to this community, which gave her so many exciting opportunities and personal rewards.

The Margaret Sanders Foundation was established to fund educational opportunities for members of the overseas schools community. Graduating students from member schools of the various educational Regions, as recognized by the American Association for International Education, are eligible to apply. Only one candidate from each region will be put forward for the final selection process and a total of five awards may be made each year.

The award goes to students who demonstrate

  • persistence and motivation, resourcefulness, and acceptance of other cultures and points of view.
  • a genuine interest in, and sustained commitment to, the welfare of others, as reflected through participation in school activities, and community/civic involvement, academic achievement, financial needs, and higher education and vocational aspirations.
  • a manifestation of desire to contribute to, or directly address, community and societal needs and problems




We are very proud to announce that our Elementary School Principal,Michael Schooler has been awarded the National Distinguished Principals Award from the National Association of Elementary School Principals Program. 

This program honors exceptional elementary and middle school principals from each of the 50 US states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Department of Defense Schools, and American overseas schools assisted by the Office of Overseas Schools, US Department of State. 

The two award winners for 2015 from the U.S. Department of State-assisted schools are Michael Schooler from the International Community School of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Catarina Song Chen from the American School of Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Along with all of the winning principals Michael will be celebrated at the National Distinguished Principals two-day program which will take place in Washington, DC, 16-17 October 2015.  There will be a festive gala on Thursday, 16 October at the Department of State Diplomatic Reception Rooms as well as a dinner dance, where the Secretary of Education will be the honored guest and speaker, on Friday 17 October.  For more information, visit their website.



We are pleased to announce that Mr. Robert Jackson, ICS IB Coordinator, has been selected as a recipient of the 2015 Yale Educator Award.

This award, sponsored by the Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions, recognizes educators from around the world who inspire and support their students to perform at high levels and to achieve excellence.

Students entering the Yale Class of 2019 were asked to nominate outstanding educators who have deeply impacted their lives. Mr. Jackson was nominated for the award by Tsedenya Simmie and selected as a winner by a committee in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. As our committee reviewed nominations, we were constantly reminded of the unique and critical role that exceptional educators play in shaping their students’ futures by encouraging them to pursue their goals.  For more information visit their website.



ICS Addis has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) since 1992. Accreditation is an important Seal of Quality that “provides an independent and external affirmation that a school meets the rigorous standards set by educational peers.”

There are numerous independent agencies that accredit thousands of schools and colleges around the world. You can read more about accreditation and the MSA at their website.

The accreditation process is a catalyst and framework for school improvement. When the school community studies itself for accreditation, we identify what is working well, and what needs attention. The accreditation process empowers and engages all stakeholders in the school community: students, parents, teachers and staff members. Because of this engagement, accreditation provides clearer accountability and builds trust. Accreditation is an activity, not a status. It should not result in a thick binder that gathers dust on a bookshelf. It can help us design sustainable growth and improvement processes.

The accreditation process…

  • involves of all stakeholders in dialogue and decision making
  • redefines (if needed) our mission and vision for ICS
  • yields action plans for priority school improvement initiatives,
  • identifies who is responsible for taking action (and when it should happen), and
  • describes the measurements and key performance indicators that will be used in the future to assess our progress.

It ensures that our time, talents, money and other resources are used effectively to help us achieve our mission and vision over the next five to seven years.

ICS Addis last completed a self-study for accreditation in 2013-2014. A “Visiting Team” of educators trained by the MSA came for five days in the spring of 2014 to verify the accuracy of our study, see if our goals were truly relevant, and check our action plans for completeness and usefulness.  We are now accredited until 2021. 

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