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Parent's Review of International Community School Addis Ababa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Mar 19, 2014

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What is the name of your child's school? (Please report on one school per survey.)

International Community School Addis Ababa

In what town or city is this school located?

Addis Ababa

How would you describe this school? (i.e. American, British, International, Local, etc.)

International yet American style, IB diploma, progressive program

What grade levels are represented at this school?

EC3-grade 12

How do most children get to school everyday? (bus, train, walk, etc.)

mostly by car, some walk or get Embassy bus transportation

How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?

The School is green oasis compared to the city. Facilities are nice and include a rubberised track and tennis courts. There are many extracurricular activities that are very poplar and make up for the lack of such activities elsewhere in the city. Parents can use the schools wifi, track and tennis courts.

What has this school done to help your child transition from the curriculum in your home country into the curriculum in your new country? Are there programs to prepare your child for repatriation?

The school has special support for special learning needs that includes English as an additional language. Once a week there are mother tongue classes run by volunteer parents for those kids whose mother tongue is not English. With 60+ nationalities at school there many such classes. There are no specific repatriation classes but with the transient nature of the expat community in Addis, it repatriation is a common phenomena.

How would you describe the social activities available for parents through this school? Are there parent-teacher organizations?

There are very active and welcoming parent organisations in the school. The school is known for its community feel. Wifi being available to parents is a great help when settling in Addis.

What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?

Make sure that you get information from parents that have recent experience with ICS or direct your question regarding the school to the administration to the school. They are quick respond and have the most accurate and recent information.

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