How To Apply
Applications and supporting documentation are submitted through OpenApply, our online application portal. We recommend completing the initial application form on a laptop or tablet, rather than a phone.
After submitting the application form, the Applicant Checklist will show the relevant admissions requirements for each individual applicant. You can also see all the requirements below.
Families who have applied to ICS in the past, or who have children already attending ICS, should log in to their OpenApply parent accounts and select "Add New Applicant".
Applications for the 2020-21 school year are open for international and transfer applicants. International applicants may apply throughout the year, with no application deadline.
Transfer applicants must complete the application requirements by 15 May 2020. Transfer applicants are those already living in Ethiopia; for more information on the transfer applicant policy, click HERE.
Limited spaces are available for the 2019-20 school year, for international applicants only. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.
Applicants for mid-year entry will be wait listed until the school year has started; mid-year spaces cannot be guaranteed without full payment of the first semester tuition and fees.
Spaces may be limited in some grade levels; the admissions team can provide you with the latest information.
Space is limited in some of our student support services programs and any families with children who might need special services are encouraged to contact us early to determine if we can provide the appropriate supports.
Non-international student spaces are also limited, and some grade levels are full.
Students on the wait list or in the wait pool will be informed. Wait pool information for students transferring from other schools in Addis is available here.
After all admissions requirements are received, the Admissions Committee will review the applicant's file and provide an admissions decision, or request additional information. This can include internal and/or external assessments, applicant interviews or observations, additional information from the applicant's current school and any other information that allows ICS to make the best decision for the applicant.
If an applicant is accepted and a space is available, the family will receive an offer of acceptance requesting completion of the Enrollment Contract to confirm the space.
If an applicant is accepted but no space is available, the applicant is placed on the wait list, based on the Applicant Priority Guidelines.
If the Admissions Committee determines that the school is unable to provide the appropriate academic program, supports and/or environment for the applicant, the family will be notified that the application is not accepted. The admissions team can provide recommendations for alternative schooling options in Addis.
Vibrant international community
Track, playground and cafeteria use
Sports pavilion rental privileges
Wireless internet on campus
Membership in the Parent Community Link (PCL)
PCL events and activities for the entire family
Online form completed in OpenApply online portal (includes uploading photo of applicant). First create your parent account and then click "Proceed to Application".
Confidential Reference: confidential OpenApply form completed by the current classroom teacher (early years to grade 6) or by an administrator (grades 7-12). The teacher or administrator's email address is necessary to send the online form.
School records: may be emailed directly to email@example.com by the current school, or uploaded into the OpenApply online portal.
- current school year school reports: in English or a certified translation
- school reports from previous academic school year: in English or a certified translation
- explanation of the school grading system
- any standardized educational testing (e.g., PSAT, MAP, ISA)
- any learning support documents (e.g., Individualized Education Plans, information on additional academic support received, extra English support)
- results of all psychological or behavioral testing, or speech and language testing
Teacher observations may also be required for early years applicants.
- medical report: to be completed by a licensed medical provider
*Applicants who are Ethiopian passport holders must provide a copy of their passport or birth certificate and a permission letter from the Ministry of Education General Education Inspection Directorate.
- US$300 (Tuition and Fees): non-refundable and applicable for one year from date of payment. All tuition and fees are payable in hard currency only.
Upload documents into the OpenApply online portal. Please limit file size to 2 MB or less.
Students entering grades 6 through 12 may have placement assessments for math and world language. These can be organized at the current school, if your family is not yet in Addis Ababa.
The teacher or administrator's email address is necessary to send the online forms listed below.
Math Placement Recommendation (grades 8-12): online form completed by student's current math teacher.
World Language Placement Recommendation: online form completed by student's current world language teacher, if the student has been studying French or Spanish for at least one year and wishes to continue studying the language.
Transcript (grades 10-12): Unofficial transcripts may be submitted during the admissions process. Final, official transcripts must be submitted when available and are necessary for university applications.