“International Community School intentionally values diversity. In that spirit, the school annually celebrates U.N. Day”, reads an article published in the Georgia Charter Schools Association’s Newsletter. They attended our U.N. Day on November 2nd, and the following article was included in their newsletter:
Students wore special clothing and held signs from more than 60 nations across the globe during a recent parade through the hallways of International Community School. The parade took place on United Nations Day to celebrate the cultural and ethnic communities currently represented at the DeKalb County public charter school.
Following the parade, students, parents and educators at the school crowded into the school’s gymnasium to take part and view various performances. The performances included greetings in the 25 languages spoken by families at the school, musical numbers and flags from nations around the world.
International Community School intentionally values diversity. In that spirit, the school annually celebrates U.N. Day.
The K-5 charter school was strategically designed in 2002 to bring together refugee, immigrant and local children in an academically challenging and nurturing environment. ICS is an International Baccalaureate World School that educates refugees, immigrants and local children, and seeks to provide a rigorous and holistic education in an intentionally diverse community of mutual learners. The school currently serves more than 400 students that represent more than 30 nationalities.
Read the article on the GCSA Newsletter HERE.
What do the countries Afghanistan, Bhutan, Iraq, Ethiopia, Congo, Ireland, France, India, Malaysia, Jamaica, the Philippines, and Somalia have in common at DeKalb County School District? Along with enthusiastic representation—in the form of eager students and supportive teachers—each was represented at International Community School’s United Nations Day.
This is how an article on the DeKalb County School District’s website starts. Representatives from DCSD joined the festivities on November 2nd on our school’s campus. Their statement continues:
International Community School (ICS) celebrated United Nations Day as a culmination to Red Ribbon Week and Bullying Awareness in early November 2018. Other events that week included “Wear Your Craziest and Wackiest Socks” to stress that being a bully is “wack”; dressing as a super-hero to join the fight against bullying; wearing pajamas to “put bullying to bed,”; and “putting a cap” on bullying by wearing a favorite hat.
Normally a parade through the North Decatur neighborhood, the 2018 United Nations Day instead included a parade through the school due to inclement weather. Students also performed internationally-themed music at ICS’s auditorium before hosting a massive, world-themed luncheon for staff and attending parents.
“The International Community School brings DeKalb County immigrant, refugee, and local families closer together around one powerful belief: that our model for international diversity helps future leaders understand, and ultimately improve, the world they will inherit,” reads a statement from the school. “Every November, ICS students, families, and friends get together to celebrate UN Day with a parade of countries, performances and an international potluck.”
ICS is one of DeKalb County School District’s longest-running charter schools. Since 2002, the school has provided a rigorous and holistic education in an intentionally diverse community of mutual learners. Currently, the school serves more than 400 students with an International Baccalaureate curriculum, representing 30 nationalities and more than 25 languages.
ICS has been recognized by such national media as CNN, and awarded by such organizations as the actual United Nations as well as the Atlanta Track Club.
For more information on International Community School, visit www.icsgeorgia.org. The school can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
Read the article on the DCSD’s website HERE.
“Go to a Kilometer Kids Fun Run or a one mile or 50 meter dash at an Atlanta Track Club event and you will likely see a crowd of big smiles proudly sporting their brightly colored ‘ICS’ T-shirts. Those shirts and smiles have been a mainstay in the Kilometer Kids program from the very beginning thanks to the International Community School’s Dawn Jones. She champions the program in their school year after year and continually recruits volunteers to help organize their afterschool running club”, Joshua Deaton writes.
“The International Community School (ICS) is one of the schools that first teamed up with Kilometer Kids back in 2007 at the program’s inception”, he continues.
The article also follows Fetsum Tadese, an ICS aluma who currently attends Paideia, and runs on their team. It also relates how three siblings follow an all-star running tradition with Kilometer Kids at ICS. Read the full article here, or click on the image.
We are getting ready for the school year. If you are interested in your children attending ICS, here are important dates and information. If you know someone who is, please share this with them.
We are accepting online applications from January 8 to March 2. This is for new students only.
*Note that the application requires a parent email, If you want to apply for your child, and do not have an email, contact Ms. Inye at school.
Returning students and siblings click HERE.
The public lottery will take place March 9 at 1:00 pm.
Please note that ICS will be implementing a weighted lottery for the 2018-2019 school year. The ICS mission states, “The International Community School is an International Baccalaureate World School that educates refugees, immigrants and local children, and provides a rigorous and holistic education in an intentionally diverse community of mutual learners.” One of our goals is to maintain an equal balance between students who are refugees and immigrants and students who are born in the United States. Since a majority of our students who are refugees and immigrants are part of the ESOL program, we amended our charter contract, which was approved by DeKalb County and the Georgia Department of Education, to ensure that 50% of our students qualify for ESOL. Thus, students who speak another language at home, who are highly likely to qualify for ESOL services, will be given preference in our upcoming lottery in March. Please send Principal Chad Velde-Cabrera, or Inye Durham, our Registrar, an email if you have any questions.