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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KICS Offers the International Baccalaureate Organization (www.ibo.org) programmes as follows:

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 (Year 7-11):

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Years 7- 11. Please follow this link for more information: Middle Years Programme

 The IB Diploma Programme (Years 12-13):

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) 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 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 an 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 the English language.


 

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KICS faculty body is composed 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 like 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 at the 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.

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School days are Sunday to Thursday and school hours are 7:30am-2:30pm. Extra Curricular Activities (ECAs) are offered after the school day 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 (sailing and Kayaking), horse riding, golf, badminton, tennis, table tennis, arts & crafts, Model United Nations (MUN), debating, science clubs, cooking, voice and Instrumental Tuition Programme (ITP).  


 

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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 the 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: 

  • KICS Online Application Form (link to be requested from Registrar).

  • Copy of applicant’s passport.

  • Vaccinations Records.

  • Applicant’s photo to be uploaded with application form and 2 photos to be handed for Student File.

  • Latest school reports.

  • High School Transcript if a student is applying for Years 10-13.

  • Name and email address of applicant’s current school Principal or Counsellor so the KICS Confidential Reference Form can be completed as part of the application requirements.

  • Application Fee of AED200 to be paid either at the KICS Cashier Office or via bank transfer. Bank details can be provided by the KICS Finance Office.

  • For Years 10-11 applicants, subject Options Forms will be emailed separately upon receipt of your son’s/daughter’s application form.

 


 

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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 students applying for Years 3-12 only. Parents can provide contact details of their child’s current school and the Registrar will then arrange to send the assessment papers via email provided that the school is willing to administer the assessments, under standard exams condition, and return the completed papers via email or courier. 

For Infants Section applicants (Little KICS, Reception Class and Years 1-2) admissions 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 to 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 khaki 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 they 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 accepta

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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 the Registrar to new families). 

  


 

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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.

 They are as follows:

Little KICS and Reception applicants (3- 5 years/approximately 30 minutes):

  • Children are invited to participate in different activities and the emphasis will be on their motor, oral, social, communication and creative skills.

Years 1 & 2 (5- 7 years/approximately 1 hour minutes):

  • Applicants are assessed for their level of literacy and numeracy and/or cognitive abilities.

Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 (7- 11 years/approximately 1.5- 2 hours):

  • Applicants sit for English and Mathematics assessments and/or Cognitive Abilities Test as well as oral and reading assessment. 

Year 7- 11 (11- 16 years/approximately 2 hours):

  • Applicants sit for English and Mathematics assessments.

IB Diploma Programme Year 12 (16 years/approximately 3 hours):

  • IB DP applicants sit for English, Mathematics, Critical Thinking admissions exams as well as an interview with the Head of IB DP or College Counsellor.

 


 

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Applicants with limited English proficiency or need English As an Additional Language (EAL) are assessed by a member of the Student Services Department (SSS). EAL admissions assessments are different and depend on the applicant’s level of English.

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As of August 2022-23, IGCSE curriculum and exams will no longer be offered at KICS and the last cohort to sit for IGCSE exams were in June 2022.

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Stationery is provided for Primary Section students (Little KICS-Year 6). Ipads are provided for Year 1-6 students and Mac laptops are provided for Y3-13 students.