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 students and in Year 1- Year 11, 20 students. There is no restriction on student numbers in the IB Diploma Programme (Years 12- 13).

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

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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, French and Spanish ab Initio are offered.

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Yes, as international IB World School with more than 50 student nationalities, KICS accepts, caters for 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 end of May. 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 to Thursday starting at 7:30am and finishing at 1:00pm for Little KICS & Reception Class and at 2:30pm for Years 1- 13.

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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. 

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 to the Admissions Director:

1. Completed KICS Online Application Form (to be requested from Admissions Director).
2. Copy of applicant’s passport.
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Two photos of applicant.
4. Application fee.
5. Recent school reports.
6. Transcripts and Recommendation Letters for Years 10- 13 applicants as well as copies of IGCSE mock exams/final results if applying for IB Diploma Programme.
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Completed IGCSE and IB Diploma Options Forms (to be requested from Admissions Director).

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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 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. This option is offered for students applying for Years 3- 12 only. Families can provide contact details of their child’s current school and the Admissions Director will 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 have to wear school uniform which can be purchased from the KICS Uniform Shop. Polo shirt, sports T- shirts, bags, shorts, fleeces, hats, swimwear, goggles, water bottles, Horse Riding T- shirts, pants and boots are all available at the KICS Uniform Shop. Trousers, shorts, dresses shoes and socks are not sold at KICS and have to be purchased privately by families. 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 serves students from Years 3- 13 as well as staff and parents. 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, parents, staff and visitors.

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).

For more information about the KCS bus service, please follow this link: http://www.kics.sd/kics-services/article/bus-services

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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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KICS offers financial assistance to existing KICS families only, who have children in the Secondary Section (Year 7- 11), through the DAL Group Scholarships & Bursaries Schemes.

For more information please follow this link: http://www.kics.sd/kics-admission/article/tution-fees

KICS also offers IB DP Programme Scholarships at various levels for current KICS students as well as external students from other local schools in Khartoum or overseas.

For more information please contact the Admissions Director 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.