Welcome to the ICS Community! 

To Do List
General Information
All About ICS
Important Contacts at ICS
Elementary School
Middle School
High School

 

Planning for Your First Day at ICS Addis

Starting School at the Beginning of the School Year

Orientation Day for New Families: Monday 11 August 2014
First Day of School for All Students: Tuesday 12 August 2014

Orientation Schedule
From 8:00 to 11:00 AM on the orientation day, parents can:

  • Meet other new students and parents in your grade level
  • Submit outstanding paperwork
  • Take photos for student and parent ID cards (parent photos can be taken on Tuesday morning as well)
  • Add money to student's prepaid account for lunches and snacks (at the cashier's office)
  • Purchase school supplies from the school store, including PE uniforms for MS and HS
  • Sign up for on-campus wireless internet access
  • Meet Parent Teacher Association (PTA) members and learn more about PTA events for new families

Detailed Schedule
8:00 – 8:30 AM: Coffee/tea and snacks in gymnasium
8:30 – 9:00 AM: Head of School’s brief welcome & introductions
9:00 – 9:45 AM:

  • The elementary principal will make a brief presentation and then elementary school families will take grade level tours with teachers
  • Middle and high school students will take tours with student ambassadors
  • All tours will return to the gym

10:00 AM - 12:00 noon: MS/HS math and language assessments, for students who need them

Special Start for Kindergarten Students

The ICS kindergarten classes will have a special start to the school year in August 2014. This allows our kindergarten students, many of whom are starting full-day school for the first time, to have their first day be with a smaller group of students.

Monday 11 August: orientation morning for all new families
Tuesday 12 August: half the students in each kindergarten class will come to school (8:00 AM to 3:20 PM)
Wednesday 13 August: the other half of the students in each kindergarten class come to school (8:00 AM to 2:00 PM - regular Wednesday early dismissal)
Thursday 14 August: all kindergarten students come to school

Please plan for your child to be at home either on Tuesday or Wednesday of the first week of school. The elementary school office will email you in early August regarding which day your child will attend school.

All kindergarten students will attend for the full day, starting from Thursday 14 August.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact the elementary school office at es.office(@)icsaddis.edu.et.

Summer Campus Access

We finish the 2013-14 school year on Friday 13 June 2014. Campus offices will be open during the summer, with limited hours (9:00 AM to 3:30 PM), and this email address will be monitored if you have any questions. New ICS families may access the campus during the summer, including using the library, which will be open on Saturday mornings from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon.

Starting School During the School Year

Arriving in Ethiopia: while we do want your child to start school as soon as possible, it is important to give sufficient time to recover from jetlag! You are welcome to come visit the school with your child, to see the campus and to take care of any remaining formalities, before the child starts school. Please contact the Admissions Office via email or phone to set up an appointment.

First Day of School: Please keep us updated on your expected arrival date. On your child's first day of school, please arrive at ICS between 7:30 and 7:45 AM and come to the reception desk. We can then escort you and your child to class. Student in elementary school will need a snack. We will assist you in organizing lunch purchases, if you wish.

Please stay in touch with us and let us know when you will be arriving, so we can prepared for your arrival and can get your child into class as soon as possible.

To Do List Before First Day of School

Before Arriving in Addis

  • Submit Medical Forms
  • Submit Enrollment Agreement (obtain from Admissions Office)
  • Purchase school supplies - EC to Grade 2, Grade 3 to 5, Middle School, High School. Many items are available in the ICS school store. There is no school uniform; however, for MS/HS students, please be aware of the dress code.
  • For MS/HS students, submit all course requests to Admissions Office (see MS and HS sections below).

 

After Arriving in Addis

  • Submit Emergency Contact Form or provide one or more local contact numbers to the Admissions Office if the form cannot yet be fully completed
  • Come to reception to have your photo taken for your parent ID card
  • Obtain billing invoice (business.office(at)icsaddis.edu.et)
  • For MS/HS students, purchase physical education (PE) uniform at school store
     

After Starting School

  • Make tuition payment (generally due two weeks after student begins school)
  • Get a username and password to use the ICS wireless network; bring your laptop to the reception desk for configuration
  • Get involved! Attend a PTA meeting, come to parent and student events, get to know your child's teachers.

 

General Information

2014–15 School Calendar

2014-15 Tuition and Fees Schedule: Tuition and fees are due two weeks after the student starts school. The Business Office can provide an invoice ahead of time if needed; contact business.office(at)icsaddis.edu.et.

Welcome to Addis Guide and other useful Addis links: Compiled by ICS parents, this guide is an invaluable tool for those new to Addis Ababa as well as those already living in Ethiopia. The guide is updated regularly and additions/corrections are welcome.

Items for Sale: We recommend subscribing to the listservs and email groups for Addis listed here, as those have the most up-to-date information. There is a bulletin board with some sale items at ICS and we have a binder of household staff information at the reception desk at ICS. 

Summer Camp: ICS has a summer camp for students entering EC4 to grade 5, from 16-27 June. 


All About ICS

School Day:

  • All students attend school Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM to 3:20 PM for kindergarten to grade 12
  • Wednesdays are always an early release day at 2:00 PM for students in kindergarten to grade 12
  • Students in early childhood (EC3 and EC4) attend from 8:00 AM to 12 noon, Monday through Friday.
  • After school activities are available for grades 1-12.

Cafeteria: ICS has an on-campus cafeteria for students. More information about the ICS Student ID/Prepaid Card Service for lunch and snack purchases is available here. Menus are posted weekly on the front page of the website.

Parent Teacher Association (PTA): ICS has an active PTA and all parents are welcome to get involved, whether as a PTA executive, an active volunteer, a class parent, or helping out at PTA events.

ICS Weekly Newsletter: The Yezare Samint Newsletter is the primary method of communication between parents and the school. It is sent home once a week by email and is also available on our website.

Student and School Publications: The Zena Admas is produced twice a year and highlights events at ICS. The June 2014 edition is available here. The Elementary Art Magazine was produced at the end of the 2013-14 school year and In the Works is the high school creative writing magazine. Happy reading!

After School Activities Information: After school activities (ASAs) are available for students in grade 1 through grade 12 and include clubs, activities and athletics. Registration for ASAs is online, but new families who arrive in the middle of an ASA season are welcome to contact the Athletics and Activities Office directly to discuss their options. Season 1 ASAs started in early September with indoor activities, at the end of the rainy season, Season 2 starts in November and Season 3 starts in March. More information on ASAs, including sample booklets, is available here.

Technology and the 1:1 Laptop Program: ICS has a 1:1 laptop program for students in grades 6 to 12. Click here for more information. Mr. John Iglar, ICS Director of Technology, has a very informative blog, including some ideas of technology purchases for the summer, how to find a balance with technology in our lives and more: http://www.icsaddis.edu.et/blogs/john-iglar.

ICS Video on YouTube: The following link is to an ICS Addis parent video on YouTube that will give you a good picture of both Addis and ICS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adW_C1e9fv8

Important Contacts at ICS
Add the domain @icsaddis.edu.et to the names below for complete email addresses.
Admissions Office (Jessica, Jerry and Mahlet): admissions
Business/Accounts Offices: business.office
Elementary School Counselor: derek.ferreira
Elementary School Office: es.office
Middle/High School Counseling Office: genet.yemane
Middle School Office: ms.office
High School Office: hs.office
IB Coordinator Office: tigist.kassa

The Admissions Office can also connect you with current ICS families. Please let us know if you are interested in emailing with a current family. We can also connect middle and high school students with new classmates. New high school students should visit Connect2ICS for our student-made website for new high school students.

Social Media

Follow us on Twitter: @ICSAddis

Friend us on Facebook: International Community School of Addis Ababa ("like" our page) and ICS Eagle ("friend" us!)

ICS photos available on SmugMug

Elementary School (Early Childhood to Grade 5)

Elementary School Program Information

Be A Reading Superhero!: The ICS library is offering a reading challenge for students in grade 1 to 8. New students are welcome to participate; there are also lists of recommended reading available. 

Primary Home Language Survey: if your incoming kindergarten to grade 5 child speaks a language other than English at home, or at school, please complete the primary home language survey.

Elementary Supply Lists (2014-15): Many of the items on the supply list can be purchased in Addis or at the ICS School Store. However, some students may prefer to purchase supplies in their home country, to get exactly what they want.

Early Childhood to Grade 2 List

Grades 3-5 List

ICS School Store: Click on link for a list of common items sold at the school store. These supplies can be purchased by parents and students.


Middle School (Grades 6-8)

Welcome to Middle School Video: the MS student council made this video for students new to MS at ICS.

Be A Reading Superhero!: The ICS library is offering a reading challenge for students in grade 1 to 8. New students are welcome to participate; there are also lists of recommended reading available. 

New Student Assessments: New middle school students may need to take a modern language placement assessment. If your student has been studying a modern language offered at ICS (French or Spanish), he or she will need to sit a language assessment with one of our modern language teachers. The language assessments must be completed in Addis before the student starts school.

Middle School Program Information

Middle School Supply List (2014-15): Many of the items on the supply list can be purchased in Addis or at the ICS School Store. However, some students may prefer to purchase supplies in their home country, to get exactly what they want.

ICS School Store: Click on link for a list of common items sold at the school store. These supplies can be purchased by parents and students. The required PE uniform for MS/HS students can also be purchased at the school store.

Middle School Dress Code: If you have a child entering middle school, please review the dress code with him or her.

Middle School Course Guide (2014-15): Descriptions of all the middle school courses offered, to assist you in completing the course selection forms.

Middle School Course Selection Forms: Please submit your completed course selection form to the Admissions Office, via email or hard copy. 
    Grade 6 in 2014-15
    Grade 7 in 2014-15
    Grade 8 in 2014-15

High School (Grades 9-12)

New Student Assessments: New high school students usually take math and modern language placement assessments. If your student has been studying a modern language offered at ICS (French or Spanish), he or she will need to sit a language assessment with one of our modern language teachers. Math placement assessments are also required for placement (see the course guide below for an explanation of the ICS math curriculum).

Students coming from abroad should take the math assessment at their current school before coming to Addis, proctored by a teacher or other school official. ICS Admissions will contact new students who need math assessments in May. The language assessments must be completed in Addis before the student starts school.

New High School Student Website: students have created a website for new high school students, with information and videos on the ICS high school, ambassador information, links to interesting information on Addis and more. 

High School Supply List (2014-15): Many of the items on the supply list can be purchased in Addis or at the ICS School Store. However, some students may prefer to purchase supplies in their home country, to get exactly what they want.

ICS School Store: Click on link for a list of common items sold at the school store. These supplies can be purchased by parents and students. The required PE uniform for MS/HS students can also be purchased at the school store.

High School Dress Code: If you have a child entering high school, please review the dress code with him or her.

High School Course Guide (2014-15): Descriptions of all the high school courses offered, to assist you in completing the course selection forms.

IB Diploma Course Information: Information about the IB Diploma Program at ICS, for students in grades 11 and 12.

High School Course Selection Forms: Please submit your completed course selection form to the Admissions Office, via email or hard copy. 
    Grade 9 in 2014-15
    Grade 10 in 2014-15