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International Community School Abu Dhabi

School name International Community School Abu Dhabi
Type of institute private K-12 school
Curriculum or Student Nationality Arabic, Islamic, UK, US
Qualifications or Courses IGCSE, AS, A-levels, HS Diploma
Head of school Derek Griffin (Principal)
Executive body or owner Mohamed Al Shamma (Managing Director)
Date founded 1990
Number of students (approx) 1300
Number of staff (approx)
School area, location map Al Markaziyah, Al Danah - location map
Postal address PO Box 55022, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone +971-2-6330444
Fax +971-2-6338181
Email icschool@eim.ae
Website www.icschool-uae.com
School fees structure 10,525-23,023 dhs per year (2013-2014)
Teacher salary range 5,000-15,000 dhs per month (2012-2013)
Student satisfaction rating
3.5 stars from 253 votes.    
Parent satisfaction rating
3.5 stars from 77 votes.    
Teacher job satisfaction rating
(by teachers, not about teachers)
3 stars from 77 votes.    

International Community School Abu Dhabi admissions, reviews, notes

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International Community School Abu Dhabi (ICS-AUH, ICSA, ICSAD) fees and general information

Not to be confused with the International Community Kindergarten School (ICK) which is an Indian preschool, or the American Community School in Abu Dhabi which is a US curriculum school with mostly western expats. ICS is a US and UK curriculum school for Arab students.

Grade KG1 KG2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2013-2014c 10,525 11,183 12,893 13,288 13,683 14,077 14,472 14,866 15,788 16,445 17,103 19,076 20,787 23,023
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2010-2011c 10,525 11,183 12,893 13,288 13,683 14,077 14,472 14,866 15,788 16,445 17,103 19,076 20,787 23,023
  • 2013-2014 fee schedule not confirmed. Admission registration fee AED 500 (non-refundable). Books cost additional AED 300-4,300, uniforms AED 400, bus transport charges AED 2,300-3,500.
  • 2011-2012 fee schedule not provided.
  • 2010-2011 fee schedule not provided by ICS, figures not confirmed. Admission registration fee AED 500, books AED 300-4,385 depending on class and section (US High School AED 3,500-4,500, IGCSE A-Level 2,000-3,500), bus transport AED 3,000, uniforms AED 400.
  • ICS follows a British National Curriculum program from KG until the end of Grade 8, after which students choose to follow the British IGCSE program to Grade 10 (Cambridge University examinations), or the American High School Diploma to Grade 12 (externally accredited by AdvancEd). Almost all students are Arab Muslim.
  • Additional email address intcommunity.pvt@adec.ac.ae but emails to ADEC addresses are usually ignored, irrespective of which school.
  • Location is off Electra St, behind Lifeline Hospital, Al Markaziyah, Madinat Zayed (renamed as Al Danah) area, downtown Abu Dhabi.
International Community School Abu Dhabi Branch 1 fee schedule (UK, British curriculum section)

ICS new Al Baladia branch campus opening September 2014 in Madinat Zayed, downtown Abu Dhabi.

Year group FS1 FS2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2013-2014c 11,578 12,301 14,182 14,617 15,051 15,485 15,919 16,353 17,367 18,090 18,813 20,984 22,866 25,325 25,325
  • 2013-2014 fee schedule not confirmed. Book costs not provided. Bus transport AED 3,450, uniform costs AED 400.
International Community School careers and teaching jobs
  • ICS website is unhelpful about teaching or other jobs, or how to apply. Check Home > Employment or Recruitment section for any updates.
  • Try sending CV and application letter direct to school using email address but unknown how reliable this is. No dedicated recruitment email contact provided. Update: a TES job ad for a new principal had the email address hr@icschool-uae.com.
  • Teaching salary range is from AED 5k-15k per month. Benefits package information not provided.
  • If considering a teaching job at ICS, keep in mind that cultural considerations are likely to outweigh the fact that you are teaching in a UK or US curriculum school. Arab Muslim teachers will find it relatively familiar. Arab Christian teachers probably also. Western trained teachers who have not taught in an Arab school before are likely to find it quite different from teaching in a western school.
  • *ICS Branch 1 principal is currently Samar Murad. ICS new branch is different from ICS Branch 1? Confusing information provided.
25 April 2014
  • ICS is looking for a new principal, position vacant advertised in the TES 23 April 2014, closing date 25 May 2014, start date August 2014.
  • Salary and benefits package details not provided but accommodation included. Send CV and application letter to hr@icschool-uae.com.
  • Not clear for which branch of ICS the position is for - ad says "In September 2014 ICS main branch will move to a new state-of-the-art campus in Al Mushrif area ..." which we thought was going to be the British curriculum section, but the ad sounds like it is for a principal for the American curriculum section.
  • Not clear either if this means the existing head is leaving or ICS will have two principals for two branches.
30 April 2013 review
  • Head's name updated to Derek Griffin (Acting Principal), previously he was Deputy Principal? Previous head was Hayat Hmoud? New head started in September 2012?
12 December 2011 review
  • New website at www.icschool-uae.com. Old domain name at www.icschoolonline.com is now spam.
  • Contact details updated to phone +971-2-6330444 and fax +971-2-6338181. Previous location address and contact information was: Muroor Road, tel +971-2-4489900, fax +971-2-4489909. Date of change not supplied.
12 April 2008 review
  • International Community School (ICS) Abu Dhabi boys and girls segregated after grade 5.
  • Email address icschool@emirates.net.ae also valid.

Schools in the same area as International Community School Abu Dhabi

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Al Bustan Private School   1987   +971-2-6330036   K-10  Arabic / US 5,300-7,300  ABPS reviews 
International Community School branch   September 2014   +971-2-6330444   K-12  Arabic, UK UAE, IGCSE 11,578-25,325  ICSB reviews 
International Jubilee Private School Abu Dhabi      +971-2-6335150   K-10  Arabic, UAE, US MOE 11,000-24,000   


Last update 04 February 2015
General comments - might not apply to International Community School Abu Dhabi
  • Many popular schools are full for 2018-2019. New schools in Abu Dhabi might have places.
  • Allow extra for books, extra-curricular activities, uniforms, trips, etc if not included in school fees.
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