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Official U.S. Mail
DOS/Management Officer
2010 Abidjan Place

Washington, DC 20521 – 2010

and Cote d’Ivoire Mail

O6 BP 544
Abidjan 06
Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa

Tel: (225) 22 47 11 52
Fax: (225) 22471996


CEEB CODE: 618010

Director: Dr.Peter Zeitoun,

Director of Professional Development: Gloria Freeman-Fromanyan,

Lower School Principal: William Seward,

Upper School Principal: Jim O'Malley,

Lower School Counselor: Charlotte Fomengia,

Upper School Counselor: Steven Mellman,

Director of Human Resources: Anne-Marie Amany,


ICSA is an independent, coeducational day school offering an American style educational program from K-12. Founded in 1972 by a group of Americans connected with the U.S. Embassy, we began our first year with 12 students. In 1989 the school moved to our current 5.25 hectare site in Riviera III. In 2002, due to rising civil conflict, the school downsized from 450 students to fewer than 100.

In 2005, ICSA moved to a temporary campus near the village of M’Pouto. Between 2007 and 2010, the school again experienced increased enrolment due to the stable political conditions in the country. However, in November 2010, as a result of post-election violence, enrolment once again declined, leaving fewer than 30 students by the end of the 2010-11 school year.

Since 2010, ICSA has again experienced a steady increase in enrolment. In 2011-12, we began with 80 students; and in our current 2016-17 school year, 445 students.

Our school is currently sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Côte d’Ivoire, operated by the International Community School of Abidjan Association, and accredited by the Middle States Association (USA) and the Council of International Schools (Europe).We are also recognized and supported by the U.S. Department of State through its Office of Overseas Schools.


ICSA is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors. Two members are appointed by the U.S. Ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire and the other members are elected by the membership of the ICSA Association, which includes parents and teachers.


CSA is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) and
the Council of International Schools (CIS). ICSA hosted a successful joint MSA/CIS accreditation
visit in March 2013 and was approved for reaccreditation in December 2013.


Our students are the dependents of the diplomatic, business and international business communities in Cote d’Ivoire. The enrollment at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year is 375 students (Pre-K through grade 12), representing over 50 nationalities. The graduating Class of 2015 has six students, representing five nationalities.


For the 2015-16 school year, there are 47 full-time and 1 part-time faculty members.

Curriculum (Grades 9-12)

ICSA follows an American curriculum that is based on academic standards
developed by Project AERO (American Education Reaches Out). The curriculum has been modified to meet local needs and opportunities. French, the official language of the Cote d'Ivoire, is taught at all grade levels. English Language Support (ELS) instruction is required of all non-English speakers until their English language proficiency is peer competitive.

School year and examination period

The school year consists of 180 contact days and runs from late August to mid-June.
The academic year is divided into quarters and semesters. Official transcript grades are recorded by semester. Students in the high school take mid-year and end-of-year examinations.

Grading system - Grade 9-12

A+ (100-98) A (97-93) A- (92-90) B+ (89-88) B (87-83) B- (82-80)
C+ (79-78) C (77-73) C- (72-70) D+ (69-68) D (67-63) D- (62-60) F (<60)
P = Pass (Pass/Fail Class) N = Fail (Pass/Fail Class)
Aud = Audit (Audited classes receive no credit)
The assessment of student learning is based on a variety of measures appropriate to grade level and subject. Oral and written work, tests, homework, projects, and participation may be recognized as components of a student’s grade.
Class rank
Due to the transient nature of ICSA’s student population and the variety of educational systems
from which our students come, class rank is not computed. However, when class rank information is absolutely indispensable for college admission purposes, a reasonably accurate estimate can be made for students who have attended ICSA in both their junior and senior years.

Graduation requirements

High School Program (Grades 9-12):
The high school program of studies allows students to meet the requirements for obtaining a standard American High School diploma, following the Carnegie system of credits used in the United States. A minimum of twenty-four (24) credits is required for an ICSA Diploma. ICSA offers a well-rounded, college preparatory educational program. English Language Support is offered for students with limited English proficiency through grade 10. When necessary, combination classes may be offered due to low enrollment. Courses offered in the high school may include the following:

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12

English 9

World History


Algebra 1


Physical Education

Other Electives

(May include IT, Health, Drama,

Speech, Music, Art)

English 10

African History




Physical Education

Other Electives

(May include IT, Health,

Drama, Speech, Music, Art)

English 11

U. S. History

Environmental Science



Physical Education Other


(May include IT, Health,

Drama, Speech, Music, Art)

English 12/AP English Literature

Comparative Government



French/AP French/AP French Language

Physical Education

Other Electives

(May include IT, Health, Drama,

Speech, Music, Art)


Sophomores and juniors take the PSAT in October at the school. ICSA is an official ETS Testing Center for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests. Advanced Placement (AP) examinations are also offered at ICSA. Online courses may be taken with the approval of the administration.

Extracurricular activities

ICSA believes very strongly in the educational value of a wide variety of extracurricular activities.

Activities offered will be varied based on the interests of our students and the skill sets of our teachers. In the past we have offered Student Council, InfoPros for Peace, Yearbook, Future Business Leaders of America, Choir, and Desktop Publishing and Design. Sports teams have included soccer, volleyball and basketball.

College acceptances

ICSA graduated 15 students in the class of 2016. Our most recent graduates

are attending or have attended the following universities/colleges:

(Please click on the universities/colleges logos to learn more about them)

Boston University

Iowa State University

University of Kansas

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

Goucher College

Connecticut College

Webster University (Geneva)

Concordia University

Jacksonville University

Widener University

Emerson College

American University of Beirut

University of Colorado at Denver

Yeshiva University New York

Schiller International University

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