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Admissions and Placement

Application Process

For the current school year, ICSA has a rolling admissions policy. There is no set admissions deadline. For the next school year, we begin accepting applications on 1 January. Parents are always encouraged to submit all required application documents and payments as soon as possible.

In order to be considered for admission to the International Community School of Abidjan, the application process must be completed in its entirety. The admissions committee will not meet to review any applications until all documents and the application fee have been received. Thank you for your cooperation.

Step One: Application

Submit an application, supporting documents, and proof of payment of the application fee to the Admissions Coordinator electronically. One application must be submitted for each applicant. To facilitate the application process and ensure that all necessary forms and documents are received by ICSA in a timely manner, please refer to the Application Requirements checklist. Please note that receipt of the application and application fee does not guarantee admission. The application fee of 100USD for the first child (and 50USD for subsequent children) must be received before the the application packet can be reviewed.

Step Two: Review of the Application

An Admissions Committee composed of the Principal, Guidance Counselor, English Language Learner (ELL) Teacher, and a designated classroom teacher at the appropriate grade level (as needed) reviews applications for admittance. Final grade placement will be determined by the Director. Please note that no applicants will be given final acceptance until successfully completing the academic screening and principal interview, outlined below.

Step Three: Academic Screening and Principal Interview

All applicants are required to take an academic placement test. These tests assess abilities in math, reading, and written expression. In some cases, a reading comprehension achievement battery may be required. Students are expected to score at or above grade level in all of the above areas in order to be granted regular admission.

All applicants whose first language is not English will be tested by our ELL specialist to determine the student’s strengths and to detect previous learning problems, if any exist.

As part of the admissions process, an oral interview with the student and his/her parent(s) will be conducted. This meeting with the principal takes place after the academic placement tests are completed and reviewed internally.

When it is unclear as to whether or not we can serve an applicant’s needs, ICSA has the discretion to grant provisional admission. The provisional admission will be for a specific period of time, no longer than a year, which will allow for a full assessment of a student’s learning background. Continuation at ICSA is contingent upon the child achieving success in mainstream classes. A child will be denied admission if he or she has specific learning or behavioral disabilities that cannot be adequately addressed by the school.

Step Four: Admissions Decision and Invoicing

Once a student is admitted, he/she may begin the first day of classes or the day following the placement test and interview, whichever comes first. Final acceptance letters are sent by email. Within that email you will find a link to ICSA's Enrollment Contract. Parents must sign this contract and return it to the ICSA Finance Office within two (2) days of acceptance. The Finance Office uses the information noted in the Enrollment Contract to create an invoice for school fees. You can always contact our Finance Office with any specific questions pertaining to invoicing and payment of the school fees at hsoukou@icsabidjan.org.


Admissions Procedures

Choosing the right school for your child is an important decision and we are very happy you are considering ICSA. Our dynamic and friendly school combines academic rigor, diversity, and community spirit, inspiring students to become lifelong learners and responsible global citizens. We look forward to working with you throughout the admissions process and hope to meet you in Abidjan soon.

Application Process

For the current school year, ICSA has a rolling admissions policy – students are admitted throughout the year, provided there is space available. For the next school year, we begin accepting applications on 1 January. In order to be considered for admission to ICSA, the application process must be completed in its entirety. The admissions committee does not meet to review any applications until all documents and the application fee have been received. No applicant will be given final acceptance until successfully completing the academic screening and principal interview. We appreciate your cooperation.

Admissions Committee

An Admissions Committee composed of the Principal, Guidance Counselor, English Language Learner (ELL) Teacher, and a designated classroom teacher at the appropriate grade level (as needed) reviews applications for admittance.

Admission in all cases is contingent upon a determination by the Admissions Committee that:

  • The applicant will be able to meet the school’s academic standards;
  • The applicant has exhibited acceptable behavior in his/her previous school;
  • The school has the capacity to meet any special needs of the applicant.

Final authority for all decisions on admissions and grade placement rests with the Director. Please note that no applicants will be given final acceptance until successfully completing the academic screening and principal interview.

Age Policy

An age policy is essential in order to ensure that students who enter each grade are physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally prepared. ICSA follows the North American grade and/or age placement scale for admission. Applicants must be age-appropriate for their grade on or before 31 October of the school calendar year (exceptions can be made at the discretion of the school administration). Students coming from schools using different grade-level systems will be placed according to ICSA’s grade system, which is based on age of the child as of 31 October of the school calendar year.

ICSA recognizes that there may be differences in opinion of parents or students regarding grade placement as a result of a transfer from a different educational system, different program of studies, or a system based on a different calendar year. Students coming from schools with a different calendar (e.g. Australia, South Africa) will continue in the same grade when they enter ICSA. If coming from a January/December calendar and applying to start at ICSA in January, they will continue in the grade just completed. If entering at the beginning of the ICSA school year in August and already mid-year in a different system, they will also continue in the grade they were in at their previous school.

Priority for Admission

Provided the students have the academic ability to succeed in the ICSA academic program and have demonstrated previous academic success in a similar American or international school, priority for admission will be given to applicants in the categories below in the following order:

  1. Children of citizens employed by the US Government in Cote d’Ivoire
  2. Children of faculty
  3. Siblings of currently enrolled students
  4. Children of diplomatic and international organizations and businesses
  5. Applicants transferring from other English-speaking international schools
  6. Students currently enrolled in a local school

Wait List

When a grade level is filled, a wait list is established. As vacancies occur, students are placed in classes according to the priority considerations listed above. When space limitations indicate that there are more candidates in any one category mentioned above than spaces, admissions will be based on a first come, first served basis. The date of receipt of the completed application to the admissions coordinator will be used. This includes the payment of the application fee. Please note that being on a wait list is not a guarantee of space.

IB Diploma Programme

ICSA will be offering the Diploma Programme in 2016-17. IB World Schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that ICSA believes is important for our students. More information on admissions policies related to the IB Diploma Programme will be posted soon.

English Language Learners (ELL)

All prospective students with non-English language background are screened by our ELL specialist. This screen is conducted to determine the student's strengths and to detect any previous learning problems. As with all applicants, records from previous school(s) will be reviewed to ascertain patterns in academic development. The World-class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) is the assessment we use to determine academic English level.

Applicants for grades K-3

  • No English proficiency is required and ELL services required to those with WIDA* scores of 0-4 (beginner and intermediate)

Applicants for grades 4-8

  • A WIDA score of 3+ may be admitted (with Levels 3 and 4 requiring ELL services (intermediate)

Applicants for grades 9-10

  • A WIDA score of 4+ of ELL services at Level 4 (high intermediate)

Applicants for grade 11

  • A WIDA schore of 5+ with no ELL services.

ICSA is an IB World School, offering the Diploma Programme. As such, the primary criteria for admission of ELL students into ICSA’s High School will be the student’s anticipated ability to succeed in 11th grade IB courses.

ICSA reserves the right to deny admission to an English Language Learner whose parents refuse to have him or her served after being recommended for placement in the ELL program.

*WIDA stands for World-class Instructional Design and Assessment and assesses a person’s academic level in English.

Learning Support

ICSA is unable to assist students who need specialist support and who need this support to be successful in the mainstream classroom. Speech, language, occupational therapy, etc. are not available at ICSA. Local resources for additional support (psychiatry, psychological therapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, adaptive physical therapy, etc.) are quite limited to non-existent in Abidjan. Local resources such as these in English are even harder to find. Because of the limitations of the local support network in Abidjan, ICSA does not have a program for students who require support for mental, physical, emotional or learning disabilities.


Applicants with special needs/academic delays are required to have a recent psycho-educational assessment on file, conducted by a licensed school psychologist within the last two years. Please send any assessment you have with your application. These assessment results are critical in helping us determine the level of support needed and whether or not ICSA can meet the needs of the applicant.

Due to the limited resources in Abidjan, ICSA reserves the right to deny admission to applicants who have demonstrable learning, behavioral and/or emotional needs that the school cannot meet.

Admission Decisions

Regular Admission

Applicants who are granted regular admission will be notified of this decision as soon as possible on the day that they take the placement tests at ICSA. A formal acceptance letter will be emailed to parents along with a link to ICSA’s Enrollment Contract. This contract must be signed and returned to our finance office in order to receive an invoice for payment of school fees. Students who do not begin on the first day of classes generally start school the day after completing required placement tests.

Provisional Admission

When it is unclear as to whether or not we can serve an applicant’s needs, ICSA has the discretion to grant provisional admission. The provisional admission will be for a specific period of time, no longer than a year, which will allow for a full assessment of a student’s learning background. Continuation at ICSA is contingent upon the child achieving success in mainstream classes.

Denial of Admission

ICSA may deny admission for any of the following reasons:

  • Class size has reached capacity;
  • Applicant’s academic screening indicates that he or she will be unable to fulfill the requirements of the program;
  • Applicant has learning needs which cannot be adequately addressed by ICSA;
  • Applicant has a history of behavioral or discipline problems;
  • Other reasons which may be in the best interest of the school and the applicant, as determined by the Director.

Reversal of Admission Decision

It may become apparent that the school does not have an appropriate educational program for an enrolled student. This may be due to academic ability, learning disabilities, behavioral concerns, and/or disciplinary history of the student, the seriousness of which may not have been fully apparent to the school at the time of admission. If the professional staff determines that ICSA’s resources are insufficient to meet an individual student’s needs, the Administration of ICSA reserves the right to reverse an admission decision. That student may be denied continued enrollment.
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