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Welcome to the Asmara International Community School (AICS).  Following is an overview of AICS and its program:

Asmara International Community School is a private, coeducational, not-for-profit, day school located in the center of Asmara.  The school was founded in 1994 with seven students.  Today, there are 170 students representing twenty nationalities. Its purpose-built facility contains ten large and five small classrooms, a library, computer lab, multi-purpose room, an infirmary, school offices, and extensive outdoor play equipment.

Using English as the language of instruction, AICS offers the best possible international curriculum for children of the international community and host country nationals.  AICS prepares students to be world citizens, free of prejudices.  Its purpose is to promote knowledge and understanding of Eritrean culture, and facilitate the transfer of students from and to other schools in international settings.  In May 2004, AICS obtained accreditation from Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).  That September, the United States Department of State’s Office of Overseas Schools, from whom we receive an annual grant, declared the adequacy of Grades 9-12.  AICS has begun the self-study process for re-accreditation with a Visiting Team from MSA anticipated in Spring 2011.  AICS is a member of the Association of International Schools in Africa and the Association for the Advancement of International Education.

The school employs certified and experienced teachers from around the world who are committed to the academic and personal growth of the children in our care.  Our faculty is dedicated to developing skills in our students that will allow them to succeed in an ever-changing world.  Students may be formally enrolled upon completion of an application process and fulfillment of admission requirements.

The school year begins in mid-August and ends in mid-June with vacation breaks at the end of the First, Second, and Third Quarters (October, December, and April).  National and religious holidays, both Muslim and Christian, are celebrated.  The school calendar provides for at least 180 instructional days.  Report cards are sent home quarterly and there are several occasions for parents and teachers to sit together and formally discuss the progress of their children.  There is a dedicated Board of Governors, an active Parent-Teacher Organization, and an elected Student Council.

The school-day for three and four year olds in Pre-Kindergarten begins at 08:00 and ends at noon, while Kindergarten through Grade 12 are in school from 08:00-14:30, Monday through Friday.  The early childhood program focuses on physical, social, and emotional development.  Beginning in Grade 1, language arts, science, social studies, and mathematics are taught in self-contained classrooms.  The middle and high school, Grades 7-12, have classes taught by subject teachers.  Art, music, physical education, French, and English as a Second Language form part of the specialist program.  We also offer after school activities for students to enjoy.  Our graduates have been accepted into internationally recognized universities in the United States and elsewhere.

Thank you to all AICS families; your continuing support is appreciated.  For those of you who are new this year, we will do all we can to make you feel welcome, and encourage you to become involved members of the vibrant community that is the Asmara International Community School.




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





 
.: Director’s Message :.
Mr. Paul Neary
 

Welcome to the Asmara International Community School web page.

Asmara International Community School is a private, co-educational, not-for-profit day school located in the centre of Asmara. The school was founded in 1994 with seven students. Currently there are about 170 students representing  twenty nationalities. The school is a purpose built facility comprising of 10 large and five small classrooms, a library, computer lab, multi-purpose centre, a medical clinic, school offices and outdoor play equipment.

I hope you find some useful information about our school and program. In the 2010-11 school year,  AICS was involved in an accreditation visit by a team of educators representing the Middle States Association of schools and colleges (MSA) agency. The school is fully accredited with MSA. As a result of this report we are undertaking some changes to our school program to align our school standards and practices with international standards and to move back to the charter of the school's establishment, and that is to serve the international community in Eritrea.

We are currently aligning our curriculum to include an international program and perspective. The school has recently moved to implement the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) which is used in more than 1000 schools around the world and is designed to meet the changing needs of the 21st century international student. We will also be considering international programs in the middle and high schools. Currently we offer a recognized US high school diploma for our graduates.

The school year begins in mid-August and ends in mid-June with vacation breaks at the end of the first, second and third quarters. National and religious holidays, both Christian and Muslim, are celebrated. The school calendar provides for 180 instructional days. Written reports are sent home quarterly and there are several occasions for parents and teachers to sit together to formally discuss their children. AICS is directed by a Board of Governors, through the Director, additionally there is an active Parent-Teacher organization and an elected Student Council.

The school day for 3 and 4 year olds in the Pre-Kindergarten class begins at 8:00am and ends at noon, Monday to Friday. The early childhood program focuses on physical, social and emotional development.

We hope the program and activities that we offer students at AICS will help develop students with international understanding and perspective, with good interpersonal skills that will prepare them for life outside of school and help them develop a global view of our world.

I hope the AICS web is useful for you and that your move to Asmara is happy and successful.
 



Mr. Paul Neary





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