Addis Ababa Ethiopia
International Community School of Addis Ababa


The International Community School of Addis Ababa is an American-accredited IB World School offering personalized learning opportunities for children of the international community in Ethiopia. ICS is committed to ensuring that all students learn and engage at the highest levels. By providing a Highly Effective and Learning Progressive education, ICS not only ensures that students succeed in meeting high academic standards but also experience opportunities to apply their learning in authentic and meaningful ways.

  • Day school tuition $11165 - $34646 USD
  • Grades for day school Pre-K/Reception -
    12th Grade/Year 13
  • Scholarships Available No
  • Number of Students 920
  • Year founded 1964
  • Boarding school tuition No Information
  • Curricula Reggio Emilia Approach, US National, IB Diploma, IB Primary Years, IB Middle Years
  • Type Co-ed


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, International Baccalaureate World School, Council of International Schools

Admissions Information

Admissions Process

Connect with our Admissions Team via phone, email or Zoom, as a first step in your admissions journey!


Zoom meeting

Applications and supporting documentation are submitted through OpenApply, our online application portal.

After submitting the application form, the Checklist will show the relevant admissions requirements for each individual applicant.

Entry Requirements

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 can join after the academic year begins Yes
  • Waiting List No
  • Application fee (domestic) $300 USD
  • Application fee (international) $300 USD

Waiting List

Contact the Admissions Office for space availability. Occasionally there is a waitlist for a specific grade level or group of applicants.


  • Assigns homework Yes
  • Use of technology in the classroom Yes
  • Language of instruction English
  • ELL support Yes
  • Gifted and talented student support Yes
  • Learning support Yes
  • Languages taught English
  • Number of teaching staff 140
  • Examinations available ACT, Diploma Programme (US) - DP, International Baccalaureate Diploma - IB Dip, Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test - PSAT, Scholastic Aptitude Test - SAT


Middle and high school students are expected to complete home learning to complement their learning at school. Elementary school students are expected to read at home; regular homework is not assigned.

Gifted and talented student support

Through personalized learning and a flexible learning hub model, ICS supports a range of learners. Students with exceptionalities have Individual Learning Plans to ensure their success at ICS.

Use of technology in the classroom

ICS provides devices for students in elementary school and middle school (iPads for lower elementary and Chromebooks for upper elementary and middle school). Students in high school must provide their own laptop. 

Learning platforms include Toddle and Google Classroom. 

Learning Support

As a responsibly inclusive community school, ICS Addis values the contributions of each student to the learning environment. To ensure that each student can learn at the highest levels, we continuously evaluate our capacity to support exceptional learners. Our admissions process is designed to be simple and clear; additional information and assessments are only requested when we must confirm our ability to meet a student’s learning and social-emotional needs.

ICS charges additional fees for specialized educational services, including occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, educational psychology assessments and the STEP Program. Need for services is determined by ICS and neither services nor fees may be waived. Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more information on the fees.

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 could be 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 and if we have space in our programs before you accept an assignment in Addis Ababa.

Native English Teachers

ICS values diversity of experience, culture and language in both our educators and students. Our teachers come from more than 10 countries and are all fluent in English, as the language of instruction.

Languages Taught

Elementary school students take French as a "specials" class. Amharic is also available as an option for beginners and advanced learners.

Middle and high school students may choose to study French or Spanish. Our world language program is focused primarily on language acquisition (i.e., for those learning the language). Our IB Diploma Program offers French and Spanish ab initio, French and Spanish B SL and HL.

Fluent Amharic students may take Amharic literature in high school, including IB Amharic.

School Life

  • Bus service No
  • Sports teams available Yes
  • Pastoral Care Yes
  • Do students practice religion at the school No
  • School start time 8:00 AM
  • School end time Early Years 3-4 Half Day: 12:00 PM <br>Early Years 3-4 Full Day, Early Years 5-Grade 12: 3:20 PM (2:00 PM on Wednesdays)
  • Most common nationality United States
  • Max class size 24
  • School provides lunch Yes
  • Supervised care before or after school No
  • Uniform required No
  • Access to an educational psychologist Yes
  • Student nationalities 69

School Lunch

A hot buffet lunch is provided by a contracted caterer. An example of the menu is HERE. Students may bring home lunch or eat school lunch, or a mix of these choices. Middle and high school students may purchase snacks from the snack bar. 


Support for students learning English is available. Students with no English language may join up to grade 6. After grade 6, some English language experience is expected.

Sports Teams

ICS participates in two leagues for sports: a local city league (ISSAAA) and a regional international school league (ISSEA). The ISSAAA league involves students from grade 4 and up. The ISSEA league is primarily for high school students and includes football, basketball, volleyball, track and field/cross country, rugby, tennis, golf, swimming, art and drama, band and choir, STEM and robotics.

Pastoral Care

Each school division has one or two school counselors, along with an advisory program or pastoral care teacher who cares for a small group of students.

Access to an educational psychologist

Students with exceptionalities are supported through our learning support program, with the assistance of an educational psychologist, speech and language therapist and occupational therapist on campus.

University Relations

  • University counseling Yes
  • Percent that pursue university 90-100%

University Destinations

See the High School Profile for recent university acceptances.

University Counseling

Our high school counselors work closely with students and families throughout the university application process. Students use Maia Learning as an online platform to facilitate their planning. Many ICS students attend university in North America, while others select options in the UK, Europe and around the world.