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Historical Perspective

Several diplomatic families associated with the US Embassy in Cote d'Ivoire founded the International Community School of Abidjan (ICSA) in 1972. Growing from humble beginnings, ICSA was located in villas for several years in Cocody and Deux Plateau, residential communities in Abidjan. It was not until 1989, when ICSA moved to Riviera III, that it developed "purpose built facilities", which permitted a larger enrollment and the development of a comprehensive PreK-12 program. During the 2002 - 2003 school year, ICSA experienced the largest enrollment in its history only to downsize to less than 100 students by February of 2003, due to civil conflict.

Between 2003 and 2007, ICSA's enrollment declined to less than 20 students, which prompted the need for a change in its location from its purpose-built facilities to a temporary location. The school was unable to manage the costs associated with maintaining its 5.3 hectare campus. In 2005, in order to address rising operating costs, ICSA moved to a temporary residential location in Riviera III, near the village of M'Pouto and rented its facility to the United Nations. Between 2007 and 2010, the school experienced increased enrollment due to the stable political conditions in the country. However in November 2010, as a result of post-election violence, enrollment once again declined to less than 30 students by the end of the 2010-2011 school year. Since 2010, ICSA has experienced a steady increase in enrollment. In 2011-2012, the school year began with an enrollment of 80 students and ended with 95 in seat. For the 2012-2013 school year enrollment has begun with 138 students in seat and ended the year with 150 students.

In the 2013-2014 school year ICSA relocated to its 5.3 hectare purpose-built facility and began with an enrollment of over 180 students. We have begun the 2014-15 school year with 375 students. In our current 2015-2016 school year, we have 430 students.

ICSA is an independent, coeducational day school offering an American style educational program from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Cote d'Ivoire, ICSA is operated by the International Community School of Abidjan Association, and is fully accredited by the Middle States Association (USA) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). It is also recognized and supported by the U.S. Department of State through its Office of Overseas Schools. ICSA holds membership in the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA), the College Board, and the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE).


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