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.
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.
ICSA 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. As of March 2016, ICSA is authorized by the International Baccalaureate to offer its Diploma Program to students in grades 11 and 12.
Our students are the dependents of the diplomatic, business and international business communities in Cote d’Ivoire. The enrollment at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year is 425 students (Pre-K through grade 12), representing over 50 nationalities. The graduating Class of 2018 has 17 students.
For the 2017-18 school year, there are 57 full-time teachers and 21 learning assistants. The faculty represents a diverse group of qualified teachers including 35 U.S. citizens, 21 host-country nationals and 22 third-country nationals.
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. Students in grades 11 and 12 follow the rigorous IB Diploma Program for their last two years.
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.
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. Courses offered in grades 9 and 10 may include the English, French, Sciences, Social Studies, Physical Education, Math, and a variety of electives.
As ICSA is an IB Diploma Program school, the following courses are offered:
Group 1 English Language and Literature (HL, SL); French Language and Literature (HL, SL)
Group 2 English B, French B
Group 3 World Geography; World History; Business Management
Group 4 Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Group 5 Math (HL, SL); Math Studies
Group 6 Art
It is important to note that students may take the entire DP diploma or opt for coursework as they complete their graduation requirements.
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.
ICSA graduated 21 students in the class of 2017. Our most recent graduates are attending or have attended the following universities/colleges: