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Welcome to the International Community School of Addis Ababa

In April 1964, the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, by royal decree, allowed the American Community School (ACS) to be established. The Emperor gave the school a 50 year lease on 15 acres of land in Addis Ababa.

ACS opened in August 1966 with 362 students in kindergarten through grade 12. The aerial photo shows the three classroom blocks, the small library with the outdoor amphitheater behind it, and the dirt track, baseball diamond and clay tennis courts. These facilities are all still in use, with the exception of the baseball diamond and tennis courts, which have been upgraded to a grass sports field and multipurpose sports pavilion, respectively.

The Abebe Bikila Gymnasium was inaugurated in 1970, and the Haile Gebrselassie Track in 2002. The Middle and High School Classroom block opened in 2006, replacing the faculty housing in the northeastern corner of campus, and the New Classroom Block opened in 2017, adding 29 new classrooms to our facilities. Several smaller extensions to existing buildings have been added over the years and the school also leases two adjacent campuses, the Little Eagles Nest, for our early childhood program.

In the 1978-79 school year, the name of the school was changed to the International Community School (ICS) of Addis Ababa.

ICS Today

Since then ICS has continued to grow and thrive and in 2016-17, boasts an enrollment of nearly 1,000 students from over 65+ different countries from early childhood through Grade 12.  In the 2017-18 school year, we will welcome two new facilities, the M building that will house G5-G8 and all world language classes and a new sports pavilion doubling our PE and activities space.

The International Community School is a PYP and IBDP, World IB School, we have robust athletics and activities program, amazing world-class teachers and an incredible community in Addis Ababa.

We welcome you to look through our website and get to know ICS even more!