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Policy

The International Community School of Addis Ababa serves the educational needs of the international community in Addis Ababa. ICS Addis accepts students who can be successful in the regular academic program. ICS does not discriminate on the basis of religion, ethnic or national origin or gender in its admissions and educational policies. Admission is based upon completed application forms, previous school records and results from previous or current academic testing as required by ICS staff to determine:

  • the potential of the applicant to benefit from the educational services available
  • the capacity of the school to meet the educational needs of the applicant and
  • the ability of the school to meet the behavioral or emotional needs of the applicant

Students are admitted to ICS according to the following priority system, conditional on having met the admissions criteria:

Early Childhood Admissions

Applicants to early childhood in the first three categories of the Admissions Priority Guidelines will be accepted by the guidelines, in order of receipt of the completed application requirements. All other applications (category 4) will be considered after 31 January for the following school year. Wait-listed students will be prioritized according to the Admissions Priority Guidelines. Wait-listed students who temporarily attend another school in Addis until a space is available at ICS Addis are still considered international applicants. If a wait-listed student is offered a space, the space must be taken immediately or within a reasonable period of time without a loss of revenue, at ICS's discretion.

Kindergarten to Grade 12 Admissions - International Applicants

Students moving to Ethiopia from outside the country are considered international applicants. A rolling admissions policy applies to international applicants, and applications are considered in order of receipt of all required admissions materials. International applicants who meet our admissions criteria will be admitted on a space-available basis. In circumstances where space is not available, international applicants will be placed on a wait list. Wait-listed students will be prioritized according to the Admissions Priority Guidelines. Wait-listed students who temporarily attend another school in Addis until a space is available at ICS Addis are still considered international applicants. If a wait-listed student is offered a space, the space must be taken immediately or within a reasonable period of time without a loss of revenue, at ICS's discretion.

Kindergarten to Grade 12 Admissions - Transfer Applicants

Students already living in Ethiopia and attending a school in-country are considered transfer applicants. Transfer applicants are eligible to apply to ICS Addis for August enrollment. Transfer applicants to kindergarten through grade 12 are placed in a wait pool. Transfer applications received for the 2017-18 school year are considered after the following deadlines: 1 May 2017, 9 June 2017 and 21 August 2017.

Special Circumstances

Students applying to kindergarten who have either not yet attended school or who have been enrolled in another program in Ethiopia may be considered as International Applicants.

Final determination of a student’s status is decided by ICS Addis.

Admissions Priority Guidelines
  1. Dependents of US Government direct-hire employees and dependents of eligible ICS faculty and staff.
  2. Siblings of current students and returning former ICS students.
  3. Dependents of ICS alumni/former students.
  4. All other applicants, who have submitted all admissions materials, with the following priority:
    1. Applicants on the wait list for ICS from the previous school year.
    2. Applicants coming from schools outside of Ethiopia (international applicants).
    3. All other applicants, in order of receipt of admissions materials.
Student Support Services

Starting in the 2017-18 school year, ICS charges additional fees for specialized educational services, including English as an Additional Language (EAL), occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, educational psychology assessment and the Transition Program. Need for services is determined by ICS and neither services nor fees are waivable. A fee schedule will be available in March 2017.

Learning Support

ICS Addis can provide an appropriate education for most students, including non-native English speakers, students with mild to moderate learning disabilities and highly capable students. However, because of the limitations of the local professional support network, ICS is not able to serve the educational needs of those students with more serious mental, physical, emotional or learning disabilities. The campus is also not handicapped accessible. Admission is open to those students who are able to participate successfully in a mainstream class with some specialist support. In cases where ICS determines that it may have an appropriate educational program for a child, the school may require the parents to fund extra assistance beyond what is available in the classroom.

ICS may deny admission to students whose needs cannot be met by the school's support services, or whose behavior is detrimental to the classroom and school environment. In addition, ICS may deny admission if parents fail to disclose all relevant information about their child's learning needs during the admissions process.

Please contact the Admissions Office immediately if your child requires special services, so that we can attempt to determine if we can provide a suitable program for your child before you accept an assignment in Addis Ababa.