Welcome to the KICS family. On behalf of the school board, leadership and staff, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Kigali International Community School. We are so delighted you are here.
We are looking forward to a great year together as the KICS family.
Our desire is to live out our vision and mission. Through rigorous academics and a deep desire to know Christ more are in tension with one another. Hopefully, you will find KICS to be a spiritual greenhouse where you as a student can grow spiritually and academically. Our prayer is that each student, parent and staff member would be better prepared to live as servant leaders who impact the world for Christ.
We have put together this manual to help you as students, and parents better understand the various policies, procedures and practices at KICS.
Please ensure that you read this, and please let us know if you have any questions.
Thanks for being an integral member of the KICS family.
Dr. Benjamin P. Thomas
To provide a Christ-centered, U.S. accredited primary & secondary education that challenges students to excel academically and live out a biblical worldview.
To impact the world for Christ by preparing servant leaders who choose character before career, wisdom beyond scholarship, service above self, and a lifestyle of participation over apathy.
Statement of Faith
The statement also defines the biblical perspective, which informs a KICS education. These doctrines cast light on the study of nature and man, as well as on man’s culture.
We believe that the Bible is God’s Word, that it was written by men divinely and uniquely inspired; that it is the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of man; that it is absolutely trustworthy; and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
We believe in one God, Creator of heaven and earth, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power, existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death, all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, God Himself become man, sinless in His life, making atonement for the sin of the world by His death on the cross. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, His high priestly intercession for His people, and His personal, visible return to the world according to His promise.
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from God to glorify Jesus Christ; to convince the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; and to regenerate, sanctify, empower, and comfort those who believe in Jesus Christ.
We believe that mankind was created in the image of God, but through disobedience all became by nature and by choice sinners. The entire human race, therefore, is lost, and only through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ can salvation be obtained, thus restoring us to a right relationship with God. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead: the believer to eternal life in the presence of God, the unbeliever to judgment and eternal separation from God.
We believe in the Church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the Head, and of which all regenerated people are members. God has laid upon the Church the task of persuading a lost world to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and to enthrone Him as their Lord and Master. We believe, therefore, that all believers should live in a manner that glorifies Christ.
Values and Student Outcomes
1. Value: Servant leadership. We believe each person at KICS should live in a way that models the servant leadership of Christ. Putting character before career, wisdom beyond scholarship, service above self and a lifestyle of participation over apathy.
i. Students are able to recognize needs of others and effectively meet them.
ii. Students are able to lead visibly within their various roles at school, home and the community.
iii. Students are able to understand and articulate what it means to be a servant leader at their age.
b. Biblical Foundation
i. Matthew 20:25-28 “Jesus called them (the disciples) together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be the first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
2. Value: Christ-Centered. At KICS, we seek to live out a biblical worldview that believes and articulates that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the only way to have eternal life for all who believe.
a. Outcome: Students can articulate why they believe or don’t believe in Jesus Christ and how that impacts their worldview and choices in life.
b. Biblical Foundation
i. John 14:6 “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”
ii. Ephesians 1:18-22 “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”
3. Value: Global Family. Each person created, is an image bearer of God. At KICS, we value the diversity of creation by God the Father over all people, from every country and culture. As such, KICS values and respects the global nature of our family that comes from various countries of the world and is sent out to various countries of the world.
i. Each student understands and respects one another as we are all created in the image of God.
ii. Each student understands their responsibilities as global citizens and their role in impacting the world for Christ among people of different countries and cultures.
b. Biblical Foundation:
i. Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
ii. Romans 10:12-13 “For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
iii. Matthew 28:18-20 “All authority in heaven and on earth have been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the very end of the age.”
4. Value: Customization. At KICS we value that each student is an individual and we desire to help each student grow into the unique gifts, skills and talents God has placed inside of them.
a. Student Outcomes
i. Students can appreciate and understand their own gifts and learning styles and learn how to best utilize them to be the fullest version of them.
b. Biblical Foundation
i. Psalm 139: 13-14 “For you created my inmost being you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
5. Value: Lifelong Learners. At KICS we desire for each student to grow in the areas of critical thinking and problem solving for all areas of life.
a. Student Outcomes
i. Students understand and are able to master the key skills of problem solving and critical thinking.
b. Biblical Foundation
i. 2 Chronicles 1:10 “Solomon asked, ‘Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?'”
ii. Luke 2:47-48 “After three days they (Jesus’ parents) found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.”
Historical Overview of the School
The vision of Kigali International Community School (KICS) began in November 2005 as Christian families came together to seek answers for their children’s educational needs. As these families prayed and planned, a vision was formed around the key principles of an English medium school using an American curriculum with a distinctly Christian philosophy. KICS was primarily established to meet the educational needs of the families of evangelical missionaries and Christian cross-cultural workers. The founders of KICS envisioned it to be a support ministry for these families whose children would eventually transition back into American schools.
By January 2006, these families began several clusters of home school cooperatives. In September 2006, these clusters joined at the four-bedroom home of Food for the Hungry International (FHI) in Kacyiru. The founding board members at KICS were serving with the following organizations: Christ’s Church in Rwanda (CCR), World Relief, Opportunity Bank, Food for the Hungry International (FHI), Compassion International, and a USAID funded project.
In November 2006, Rwanda Outreach Community Partners (ROC) was formed as a 501c3 in the state of Oklahoma to purchase the Caisse Sociale School and hall located in the Vision 2020 Estate of Gacuriro on behalf of Christ’s Church in Rwanda (CCR). The property was purchased in February 2007. ROC Partners invited KICS to move into the school property in April 2007 as a partner in Christian education with ROC and CCR. Teachers initially came from Food for the Hungry, World Relief, and Christ’s Church in Rwanda as volunteers to KICS.
As Kigali experienced a rapid growth of expatriate personnel, the need for a quality international school grew. During this time, conflicting visions for KICS surfaced that led to the beginning of a transition. In the spring of 2009, these conflicting visions ultimately led to a solidified Christian ethos and focus on serving missionaries and Christian cross-cultural workers while continuing to honor our host country with a portion of the enrollment going to local families.
In September 2009, ROC became the owner agency of KICS. This alignment of property and institutional ownership solidified KICS position as a legitimate institution in the eyes of KICS’ host nation. The KICS founding vision was also solidified by a renewable Memorandum of Understanding with Africa Inland Mission (AIM), as well as, the merger of the former missionary home school coop, Jungle School, with KICS. AIM’s partnership and the Jungle School/KICS merger are a demonstration of the philosophy of unity and partnership among Christians serving in Rwanda. These partnerships and a unified mission for KICS have served to help make KICS a highly sought after education in Kigali with students having attended KICS from over 35 nationalities.
In early 2009, KICS launched the process for accreditation. In August 2010, KICS began its self-study for ACSI/MSA accreditation that became effective January 1, 2012.
Through the accreditation process, KICS realized several areas of growth. Between 2013 and 2014, KICS took steps towards developing a Learning Support Program and adding a School Counselor. Additionally, in 2012, KICS built a Library, a Science Lab, and a basketball court through internal capital development assets.
In 2014, KICS embarked on a strategic planning process that increased our academic rigor and spiritual preparedness. The first step we took was to add more experienced staff to serve at KICS. Also, KICS has an honors track that includes AP and pre-AP classes. In the primary grades, KICS has added EPIC, a gifted and talented program for students in grades 2-5. Spiritually, KICS has focused its attention on discipleship as it continues to be a spiritual greenhouse. In Primary, devotion, bible and prayer time take place in the morning each day. In Secondary, Mission time takes place four days a week with a focus on praying for and serving Unreached People Groups and the Persecuted Church. Our desire is that God would use our students and our staff to serve the Unreached and the Persecuted with their lives in the present and in the future.
In 2016, as KICS experienced its largest enrollment to date, KICS launched the “Vision for the Future.” Over the next several years, KICS will expand to another site that will allow KICS to stand as an institution for generations to come. An institution committed to the vision of preparing servant-leaders to impact the world for Christ.
KICS’s first ten-years reflect the following stages of growth and development:
2006-2010 – Start-Up and Survival
2010-2012 – Accreditation
2012-2014 – Systems and Processes
2014-2016 – Strengthening our House
2016-2020 – Expansion – His Vision, Our Future
2020 and beyond – The “Vision for the Future,” lived out
It’s an incredibly exciting time to be at KICS. We trust the Lord for what our present and our future holds.