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To Do List: Before and After Your Arrival in Addis

Before Arriving in Addis

  • Submit medical history and immunization form
  • Submit Enrollment Agreement (obtain from Admissions Office)
  • Purchase school supplies. 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 and schedule any needed assessments

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
  • Submit final report cards and/or official transcripts (for high school students); documents can be emailed directly from your current school
  • Come to reception to have your photo taken for your parent ID card, if not done during orientation
  • Submit ID form and police clearance for household staff (driver, nanny, etc)
  • 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)
  • Access the ICS wifi network (GuestNet) - username and password are posted in the Community Commons and the cafeteria
  • Get involved! Meet the PTA and Booster Club, come to parent and student events, get to know your child's teachers.
Connecting with ICS Addis

On the web:

 

Ambassadors:

Contact the Admissions Office to connect with other parents and to connect your middle or high school student with a current student.

Starting School

At the Beginning of the School Year

ICS Addis follows an August to June school year calendar. The calendar for the 2016-17 school year is available here. Tuition and fees information for 2016-17 is available here.

During the School Year

Please keep us updated on your expected arrival date. While we do want your child to start school as soon as possible, it is important to give the child sufficient time to recover from travel, to see the campus and to take care of any remaining formalities or assessments, before the child starts school. Please contact the Admissions Office via email or phone to set up an appointment to visit and/or to start school.

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.

General School Information

School Hours:

  • 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 12:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

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.

After School Activities:

  • 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 start 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, click 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.
  • Please note there is a 3,000 Ethiopian birr deposit for the laptop that must be paid before your child can take the laptop home. Students in grades 8-12 may bring their own device, if preferred.
Elementary School (Early Childhood to Grade 5)

For more information on the complete Elementary School Program click HERE.

Elementary Supply Lists:

Please note the items that may not be available in Addis. Click HERE for the elementary school supply list. Most stationary items for ES, like notebooks, pens, etc., are provided by the school.

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

For more information on the complete Middle School Program click HERE.

New Student Assessments:

  • New middle school students may need to take 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.
  • New grade 8 students must also take a math placement assessment.

Middle School Supply List:

  • For the MS supply list, click HERE.
  • Most of the items on the supply list can be purchased in Addis or at the ICS School Store.
  • Students should wait to purchase most items until after their first week of school, as teachers will give more details about items needed for their classes.
  • The required PE uniform for MS/HS students can also be purchased at the school store.

Dress Code:

  • If you have a child entering middle school, please review the dress code with him or her.

Middle School Course Guide: 

  • Descriptions of all the middle school courses offered, to assist you in completing the course selection forms. Click HERE.

 

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.

Students coming from abroad should take the math and language assessments 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. If necessary, the student might also do an oral assessment upon arrival in Addis, to supplement the written modern language assessment.

High School Supply List:

  • For the HS supply list, click HERE.
  • Most of the items on the supply list can be purchased in Addis or at the ICS School Store.
  • Students should wait to purchase most items until after their first week of school, as teachers will give more details about items needed for their classes.
  • The required PE uniform for MS/HS students can also be purchased at the school store.

Dress Code:

  • If you have a child entering high school, please review the dress code with him or her.

High School Course Guide: 

  • Descriptions of all the high school courses offered, to assist you in completing the course selection forms. Click HERE

IB Diploma Course Information:

  • Information about the IB Diploma Program at ICS, for students in grades 11 and 12. Click HERE.