Learning at ICS

In the fast-evolving world that we live in today, the nature and type of skills and knowledge needed to survive as individuals and in society is changing faster than ever, and nowhere is the fast-changing context of our world more evident than in the world of education. New realities in the world are changing the way students will be expected to perform in the future.

“The single most important purpose of schools in our era is teaching students to learn how to learn." Dr. Tim Stuart, Head of School

The International Community School of Addis Ababa is committed to ensure that all students learn and engage at the highest levels. Our goal is for you to see evidence of your child’s positive growth and academic excellence in age-appropriate ways through every course or subject taken at ICS. As children find high levels of challenge and support here, we believe they will master essential standards and will gain both competence and confidence as learners and people.

The Learning Process

ICS Definition of Learning

Learning is an ongoing process in which learners acquire, develop and apply knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential to thrive in, and contribute to, an ever-changing world.

Learning is optimized when it is

personalized     meaningful     authentic     reflective     collaborative   transdisciplinary    active

Professional Learning Communities at ICS: The 4 PLC questions

What do we want our students to learn/ be able to do?

How will we know they know it?

What will we do if they don’t know it?

What will we do if they already know it?

"The school's range of programs - both curricula and co-curricula - offer opportunities for every child to succeed. The IB and PYP programs stretch and engage our students, and our talented middle school team are striving towards excellence in their professional learning communities to really meet the needs of every middle school student. With an engaging advisory program that incorporates social and emotional well-being, mindfulness techniques and opportunities for leadership and full group team building, I think we really offer something pretty special. " - Joanne King, MS Teacher