FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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KICS is located on the southern edge of Khartoum in Wad Madani/Soba Road, adjacent to Hai Al Raki.

 

 

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The maximum number of students per class in Little KICS & Reception is 18 and in Years 3- 11 is 20 students. There is no restriction on student numbers in the IB Diploma Programme (Years 12-13).

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In order to preserve and promote the school’s international composition and outlook, 50% of the places are reserved for expatriate students and up to 50% for local students.

Furthermore, as per school policy, no single nationality can exceed 50% of the available places in any class, however this restriction does not apply for the IB Diploma Programme (Years 12-13).

 

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Primary Section (Little KICS - Year 6):

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP). Please follow this link for more information: https://www.ibo.org/programmes/primary-years-programme/

Secondary Section: 

The International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) in Years 7- 9. Please follow this link for more information: https://fieldworkeducation.com/curriculums/middle-years

The IGCSE curriculum in Years 10-11. Please follow this link for more information: https://www.cambridgeinternational.org  

IB Diploma Programme in Years 12-13. Please follow this link for more information: https://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/

Changes to KICS Secondary Curriculum:

During next Academic Year 2021-22, KICS will become a “candidate school” for MYP. Teacher training in the MYP and student/parent information and discussion forums will be provided from this semester and through next year. Teaching of MYP at KICS will begin in August 2022-23.

Furthermore, IGCSE exams will no longer be offered at KICS after next year August 2021-22 and the June 2022 series being the last.

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Yes, in Primary Section (Years 1-6) KICS offers Arabic as a Second Language and in Secondary Section (Years 7-13) Arabic and French are offered in Years 7-11. In the IB DP Programme (Years 12-13) Arabic, French and Spanish ab Initio are also offered.

 

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Yes, as international IB World School with more than 50 student nationalities, KICS accepts and supports students who don't speak, read or write English through its English as an Additional Language Programme (EAL). The Student Support Services Department (SSS) offers various levels of support in English language.

For more information, please follow this link: http://www.kics.sd/kics-learning/article/student-support-services

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KICS faculty body is comprised of a qualified team of teachers with considerable teaching experience in international schools and many with experience in IB World Schools. The diverse background of our faculty body offers an extensive skill set in sports, languages and arts thereby facilitating the provision of a wide-ranging extra-curricular programme to our students. KICS faculty members come from different countries but mainly from the UK, Sudan, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

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KICS operates in two semesters with the academic year usually starting in mid-August and finishing beginning of June. A 2-3 weeks break is given in December to conclude the first semester and a longer summer break in June and July to conclude the academic year. In total we aim at having a minimum of 180 instructional days.

For more information about the KICS calendar main dates, please follow this link: http://www.kics.sd/kics-admission/main-calendar-dates

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School days are Sunday-Thursday 7:30am-2:30pm and Extra Curricular Activities (ECAs) is 2:30-3:30pm.

 

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Yes, KICS offers a wide range of ECAs for Years 1-13 after school hours (2:30-3:30pm), and some over the weekend, throughout the academic year. These activities include: Football, Basketball, Swimming, Water Sports, Gymnastics, Judo, Karate, Taekwondo, Horse Riding, Golf, Badminton, Table Tennis, Tennis, Arts & Crafts, Model United Nations (MUN), Debating, Science Clubs, Cooking, Voice, Instrumental Tuition Programme (ITP), Games and Puzzles. However due to COVID-19, and as per the KICS health and safety measures, most activities have been cancelled and only a few offered this school year 2020-21.

For more information, please visit the ECAs page: http://www.kics.sd/kics-learning/article/extra-curriculam-activites

 

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You can apply to KICS any time during the academic year (August-May) and during the summer break (June-July), however, applications are only processed during the academic year. Applications received over the summer break will be processed in first week of August or upon the family’s arrival in Khartoum

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To apply to KICS, the following application requirements must be submitted/emailed to the Admissions Director: 

  1. Completed KICS Online Application Form (to be requested from Admissions Director).
  2. Copy of applicant’s passport.
  3. 2 photos of applicant.
  4. Vaccinations Records.
  5. Latest school reports.
  6. High School Transcript if a student is applying for Years 10-13.
  7. Name and email address of applicant’s current school Principal or Counsellor so the KICS Confidential Reference Form is completed by the school.
  8. Application Fee of AED200 to be paid at the KICS Cashier Office or via bank transfer. Information of banks details could be obtained from KICS Finance Department.
  9. Years 10-13 applicants should complete subject Options Forms which will be emailed by the Admissions Director upon receipt of applicant’s complete application file.
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Yes, upon receipt of the complete application file, and as per the KICS Admissions Policy, all applicants must be assessed prior to being offered a confirmed place at KICS. This is a standard procedure done for all applicants to confirm age/class placement and to ensure appropriate levels of numeracy and literacy that will enable the student to benefit from the educational programmes offered at KICS. Additionally, information obtained from the admissions assessments/exams may also help to indicate if the student would require any support from the SSS Department, e.g. EAL.

 

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Upon receipt of a complete application file, overseas families who wish to guarantee a confirmed place at KICS before their arrival in Khartoum, may elect the option of overseas admissions assessments which is offered for families applying for Years 3-12 only. Parents can provide contact details of their child’s current school and the Admissions Director will then arrange to send the assessment papers via email provided that the school is willing to administer and return the completed papers via email or courier. 

For Infants Section applicants (Little KICS, Reception Class and Years 1-2) assessments can only be done on campus by KICS teachers.

 

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Generally the decision is communicated to parents within one week after the applicant is assessed, however in some cases this period may be extended if more information is needed and parents will be advised accordingly. 

For overseas applicants, a decision is communicated within one week after receiving the completed overseas admissions assessments but this period may also be extended if more information is needed and parents will be advised accordingly. 

 

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Yes, students from Little KICS-Year 11 wear school uniform which can be purchased from the KICS Uniform Shop. 

Polo shirt in 6 bright colours, sports T-shirts representing the four teams of the school (crocodiles, dolphins, lions and scorpions), sports bags and shorts, fleeces, hats, swimwear, goggles, water bottles, Horse Riding T-shirts, pants and boots are all available at the KICS Uniform Shop. Please note that trousers, shorts, dresses, shoes and socks are not sold at KICS. The three acceptable colours at KICS are black, navy blue or kaki beige. Jeans and denim are not accepted as school uniform.

IB DP Programme students (Year 12-13) don’t have to wear KICS uniform but have a Student Dress Code which they have to abide by to ensure that come to school looking neat and smart.

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Yes, KICS Cafeteria offers meals for students in Years 3-13. It offers a wide range of sandwiches, snacks, hot dishes, fruits and fresh juices. Vegetarian options are also available. 

Additionally, KICS Café offers a wide range of cold & hot drinks, pastries, sandwiches, cakes and is open to IB Diploma Programme students and staff.

KICS Cafeteria does not cater for Infant Section students (Little KICS, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) so parents must send packed meals with their children to school. Moreover, KICS implements a healthy ‘Fatour (breakfast)’ policy and guidelines on what can be sent to school are provided in the Parents Handbooks upon acceptance at KICS.

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Yes, KICS offers a door-to -door bus service for all year groups. Confirmation of availability of route, vacancies and pick up/drop off times will be communicated within 3 working days upon submission of the KICS Bus Form (is provided by Admissions Director to new families). For more information about the KCS bus service, please follow this link: http://www.kics.sd/kics-services/article/bus-services.

Due to COVID-19, and as per the KICS health and safety measures, the bus service for the current Academic Year 2020-21 has been suspended and should resume next year 2021-22

 

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Please contact the Admissions Director to request school fees and payment policies at: (shaza.bushara@kicsnet.org).

 

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Admissions assessments are different for each year group, however in general applicants are assessed for their levels of English, Mathematics and Cognitive Abilities.