Founded in 1964 as the American Community School of Addis Ababa, the International Community School (ICS Addis) is an independent, coeducational day school currently serving 840+ students from over 60 nations from early childhood (3-year-olds) through grade 12. Its student body is drawn primarily from expatriate families living in Ethiopia due to employment with UN agencies, the Economic Commission for Africa, the African Union, NGOs, businesses and many diplomatic missions.
The school is located on a beautifully landscaped 15-acre campus (about 6 hectares) in Old Airport, a pleasant residential neighborhood of Addis Ababa. The kindergarten classes are separated physically from other classroom areas and includes their own age-appropriate play spaces. Grades 1–5 are at one side of the campus – physically close but separated from the new two-story middle (grades 6–8) and high school (grades 9–12) building that was opened in January 2005. In 2012 the school rented a temporary satellite campus to accommodate more students; the “Secondary Extended Campus” (SEC) for middle and high school students is near the main gate of the campus. In August 2013 a new satellite campus for our early childhood program opened directly across from the SEC. “The Little Eagles Nest” has two EC3 sections and three EC4 sections in a quiet, safe compound.
Our educational program is based on an American college-preparatory curriculum with the option of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in grades 11 and 12. The gym, library and open-air theater occupy the center of the campus. The campus boasts a track facility (the only rubberized track in Ethiopia), basketball and tennis courts, playgrounds and sports fields.
ICS’s professional staff of 110 teachers comes from fifteen countries (70% are North American). A majority of the faculty members have a Master’s degree and all hold valid teaching certificates. Forty Ethiopian teaching assistants complete our teaching staff, all of whom have college degrees and teaching certificates. The student-to-teacher ratio is 8:1.
The school is governed by a nine-person Board of Governors. One member is appointed by the US Ambassador, one is appointed by the Board itself, and the other seven are elected parents of ICS students. Elected members serve two-year terms.
These are four “foundational documents” that guide decision making and planning at ICS Addis.
The International Community School of Addis Ababa, accredited in the United States, develops the talents and intellects of a diverse, multicultural student body through a learner-centered holistic program, empowering each student to contribute and excel in the 21st century.
Board of Governors’ Vision
ICS Addis will be a premier international school in Africa preparing students to succeed in the 21st century.
- We will support an exemplary 21st century education that emphasizes technology, creativity, communication and collaboration skills, cultural and environmental sensitivity, and more in an already rigorous academic program.
- We will be prepared for the growth of the international community in Addis Ababa, attracting and retaining a world-class staff, while improving and providing first-class facilities.
- We will be responsibly inclusive as we grow.
A Statement of Understanding About 21st Century Learning
In the 21st century…
- ICS students embody the traits of the IB Learner Profile. They are fluent in current media, information resources, technology skills and key global concepts as part of a strong academic core.
- We facilitate access for our learning community to a broad range of unique, local, global and virtual opportunities. We innovate with flexible learning times, schedules and other resources.
- Our curriculum and instructional methods continuously evolve to reflect best practices and internationally recognized standards.
- Educators act as coaches to enable students to attain agreed upon learning goals using instructional tools that are appropriate for individual learning needs and styles.
- Facilities provide a variety of flexible learning spaces that support the anticipated and unforeseen needs of a 21st century educational environment.
The IB Learner Profile
At ICS Addis we are not just interested in students learning content. We are very keen to ensure that students are developing habits, attitudes and dispositions that will prepare them for a lifetime of learning in the 21st century. The IB Learner Profile is the framework that we use to describe the ICS learner…it was developed over time by many educators and we use it throughout our school—even for ourselves as adult learners!
The aim of (an IB World School) is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. IB learners strive to be: