Admissions 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

Admissions Eligibility

Grade Placement

Thoughtful and appropriate grade placement is a critical aspect of a student's positive transition to and future success at ICS. Our grade placement decisions are based on the American system of education and our experience with student transition. Students enter ICS from a variety of educational backgrounds and we consider factors such as age, previous educational system and academic success within that system when determining grade placement. 

ICS uses a 31 August cut-off date to determine the age-appropriate grade level for children. ICS reserves the right to make the final decision regarding grade placement.