How to Apply to ICS Addis

Applications and supporting documentation are submitted through OpenApply, our online application system. We are accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year from international applicants; please contact us for information on space availability. 

Applications for the 2019-20 school year are open for international and transfer applicants. If you wish to apply for mid-year entry in January 2020, please contact the Admissions Office directly for further information.

For Current ICS Addis Families

Parents with children already attending ICS who have not applied through OpenApply in the past must click the "Forgot Password" link to gain access their accounts, which already exist from the re-enrollment process in April 2017. Contact the Admissions Office if you have any questions.

Applying for Siblings

Applications for siblings are submitted from the same parent account, by clicking on "Add New Applicant" from the Dashboard. Click here for further information.

Application Process and Requirements

Step 1: Create your parent account or login to your existing parent account, if you have applied to ICS using OpenApply in the past.

Step 2: Complete the application form (includes uploading an applicant photo).

Step 3: After completing the application form, click on your child's name to access the Applicant Checklist for the following requirements:

  • Passport copy
  • School Records in English, from previous two full years of schooling. May be uploaded or emailed directly to us by the previous school. Includes report cards/transcripts, standardized test results (e.g., MAP, ISA), Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) or program modification reports, and the results of all psychological or behavioral testing, standardized educational testing, or speech and language testing. Early childhood and kindergarten students with no previous school records may upload an example of their artwork.
  • Medical Report: to be completed by a licensed medical provider (form available for download on the Applicant Checklist)
  • Application Fee of US $300 (Tuition and Fees Payment Schedule): non-refundable and applicable for one year only, from date of payment
Kindergarten to grade 12:
  • Confidential Reference: online form completed by the classroom teacher (for kindergarten to grade 6) or administrator (for grade 6-12) at previous school and submitted directly to ICS. You will need the referee's email address available during the online application process, to send the online form to the referee.
Grades 6 to 12:
  • Math Placement Recommendation (grades 8-12): online form completed by student's current math teacher, if the student is applying to grades 8 through 12. You will need the teacher's email address available during the online application process, to send the online form to the teacher.
  • World Language Placement Recommendation (grades 6-12): online form completed by student's current world language teacher, if the student has been studying French or Spanish for at least one year and wishes to continue studying the language. You will need the teacher's email address available during the online application process, to send the online form to the teacher.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Form (grades 11-12): online form to submit preliminary IBDP course choices for students applying to grades 11 and 12.

Step 4: After all requirements on the Applicant Checklist are received, the Admissions Committee will review your child's application and provide an admissions decision, or request further information.


  • Applicants who are Ethiopian passport holders must provide a copy of their passport or birth certificate and a permission letter from the Ministry of Education.
  • The non-refundable application fee is payable by USD cash, USD check or wire transfer. See Tuition and Fees Payment Schedule for further details. All tuition and fees payments must be made in USD.
  • Applicants to kindergarten to grade 12 who are already attending another school in Ethiopia are considered transfer applicants. Please note the transfer applicant policy and deadlines. The transfer deadline for the 2019-20 school year is 15 May 2019; allocation of spaces for transfer applicants with complete applications will begin on 1 May 2019.
  • Families who are ICS staff, selected scholarship students or US Embassy may select the "cash" option during the "Review Application" step of the application; the Admissions Office will confirm your status and waive the payment required after your application is submitted.
  • Please limit the size of each uploaded file to 2 MB or less, due to slow download speeds in Addis.

Step 5: If an applicant is accepted, the Admissions Office will notify the family of the decision and of space availability. Students accepted and allocated spaces will receive an Enrollment Contract. The Enrollment Contract must be completed within two weeks to confirm acceptance of the space. Additional requirements may be added to the applicant checklist as needed. 

Applicants for mid-year entry will be wait listed until the school year has started; mid-year spaces cannot be guaranteed without full payment of the first semester tuition and fees.

Students on the wait list or in the wait pool will be informed. Wait pool information for students transferring from other schools in Addis is available here.

Early Childhood Program Information

The early childhood program at ICS Addis provides young children with a play-based preschool program based on standards reflecting international best practices. We have two early childhood campuses, the Little Eagles Nests, adjacent to the main ICS campus.

For early childhood 2 (EC2), students must be two years old on or before 31 August to join. Toilet training is not required.  

Children entering the early childhood 3 (EC3) program must be three years old on or before 31 August; children in the early childhood 4 (EC4) program must be four years old on or before 31 August. All children in EC3 and EC4 must be toilet trained. 

Early childhood hours:  
EC2: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM  
EC3: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, with limited spaces in the Little Eagles Camp, an extended day program four days per week 
EC4: Half Day 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM or Full Day 8:00 AM to 3:20 PM / 2:00 PM on Wednesdays  

EC3 families will have the option to register for the Little Eagles Camp after enrollment. EC4 families may apply to the half or full day programs as part of the admissions process.

Need Help?

Please contact us by email or phone with any questions. You can also access Help and Support for Parent Accounts for OpenApply here.

ICS Addis Admissions Office Contacts

Ms. Jessica Fortin, Admissions Director: Admissions for kindergarten to grade 12
Mrs. Meheret Alemu, Admissions Associate: Admissions for early childhood
Mr. Berhanu Sissay, Admissions Assistant: Admissions Office support

Phone: (+251) 11-371-1544