General Teaching Application
The International Community School of Addis Ababa was established in 1964 to serve the expatriate and local communities of Addis. We currently educate 950 students from 60+ countries. Our students come from a wide variety of educational backgrounds and most speak English as a second or third language.
Our mission is to nurture the talents, character and intellect of all learners, challenging them to be a positive influence and empowering them to excel in their world.
Our vision for learning at ICS Addis includes:
All elementary classrooms include a full time teaching assistant; many of our TAs have masters degrees in education from SUNY Buffalo. There are a limited number of TAs in the secondary. In the high school, we encourage all students to participate in the IB Diploma Program. Service learning is an integral part of learning at ICS and there are opportunities for teachers to be engaged in service projects as well.
ICS is an inclusive school, enrolling a small percentage of students with moderate or intensive learning support requirements. These students are integrated into our classrooms for much or all of the school day. We provide a merit scholarship program for 16 high-achieving Ethiopian students in the high school—four in each grade. Almost all of our students are involved in school activities and sports beyond the academic day. Teachers chaperone “Week Without Walls” trips within Ethiopia for grades 4–12. Teachers and teaching assistants also provide one hour per week (or more) of student contact time outside of class for two of our three activity seasons—in coaching, clubs or activities.
ICS teachers are expected to work collaboratively with colleagues each week around student learning, common assessments, unit planning, curriculum development or reflection, and professional growth. The ICS Learner Profile guides planning and assessment throughout the school. We use inquiry as a model and technology as a tool for teaching and learning at all grade levels. Our curriculum is available on the school website and is based on Common Core, NGSS, AERO and other standards. Programs in use at ICS to support learning and teaching include Atlas, Moodle, PowerSchool (with standards-based grading) and Google docs. There is an early dismissal every Wednesday and expectations for working together one or two times during the week.
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