To provide a Christ-centered, U.S.-accredited primary & secondary education that challenges students to excel academically and live out a biblical worldview.
It is the vision of KICS 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
Kigali International Community School exists for the glory of God. KICS was established in response to the prayers and needs of His people as they sought and sensed His leading. We respond to His faithfulness with praise, thanksgiving, and dependent prayer and trust. He is not subject to our plans and decisions. He sets the agenda and provides the resources.
KICS was primarily established to meet the educational needs of the families of evangelical missionary and Christian cross-cultural workers. It is the vision of the founders of KICS that it be a support ministry for Christian cross-cultural workers. As such it is to be an affordable education option that will enable them to stay on the field as long as possible. Besides meeting the needs of the evangelical missionary community, KICS exists to be a blessing of quality, Christ-centered education available to families beyond the missionary community. So as space permits, non-missionary families who value Christian education and the ethos of KICS and are comfortable with the American-based curriculum of the school are welcome to enroll their children.
KICS serves this community providing an education that:
- Is distinctly Christian
- Is through English medium and American-based
- Is excellent
- Is international in perspective
- Prepares for success
- Leads to faith in action
STATEMENT OF FAITH
The doctrinal statement of Kigali International Community School, reaffirmed annually by its Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff provides a summary of biblical doctrine that is consonant with evangelical Christianity. The statement accordingly reaffirms salient features of the historic Christian creeds, thereby identifying KICS not only with the Scriptures but also with the reformers and the evangelical movement of recent years. The statement also defines the biblical perspective, which informs a KICS education. These doctrines of the church 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 that 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.
Upon graduation, it is the desire that KICS graduates students who are:
- Prepared to live as mature Christian adults
- Students who have a foundational understanding of the Bible
- Students who know how to grow as a Christian
- Students who can defend the Christian faith
- Students who have a Christian worldview
- Students who apply biblical principles to life
- Students who are able to set priorities, keeping Christ first in their lives
- Students who know how to keep academics in perspective with the rest of life
- Students who have discovered their strengths and weaknesses
- Students who value serving others
- Students who know how to maintain good personal health
- Students who listen attentively to others
- Students who respect authority
- Students who can handle responsibility
- Educationally qualified
- Students who are qualified for further education
- Students who have developed transferable study skills
- Students who are effective communicators in both oral and written forms
- Students who know how to work independently and also as part of a team
- Students who have developed appropriate technical skills, athletic abilities, and artistic appreciation.
- Culturally sensitive
- Students who are able to respect and adjust to other cultures
- Students who respect the culture of Rwanda
- Life-long learners
- Students who are instilled with the joy of learning
- Students who are able to think critically and creatively
- Students who have developed problem-solving abilities
Accreditation is a process of recognizing educational institutions for their standards, performance, integrity, and quality.
KICS is accredited by two different organizations. The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) provide accountability and strategic direction to KICS.
Meeting accreditation standards has been a worthwhile process. It required intensive work by the school staff and contributing members of the community for at least three years. While responding to questions posed by the accrediting agencies, KICS examined its academic approach through self-studies and employed innovative ways to address any major weaknesses that were found. The process of achieving and maintaining an accredited status is a means of reinforcing and ensuring KICS’ commitment to excellence.
The accreditation program assists schools to achieve high standards as well as encourages them in a continuous process of assessment and development.
An added benefit of being a school accredited by ACSI and MSA is that KICS students are able to transfer credits to other accredited institutions and more easily apply for enrollment to American universities and colleges.
Kigali International Community School (KICS) is located in the beautiful capital city of Kigali, Rwanda. The school is a coeducational day school offering classes for students 5 years old through high school. KICS opened with its first class on September 14, 2006.
It is a Christian, non-profit school with priority placement for children of missionaries and Christian cross-cultural workers and offers children of all nationalities an education similar to that offered by schools in the USA. KICS is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International.
Today, KICS has approximately 220 students from 20 nationalities. It has moved from a house to a wonderful school facility where class size is limited to allow optimal learning. Our student body includes Rwandan nationals as well as expatriate families living and working in Kigali with churches, NGOs, embassies, and the private sector.
What is the role of the KICS board?
The KICS board is a governance body tasked with developing and maintaining governance policy and operational policy for the school thereby ensuring that policy needs, as well as the mission, vision, and philosophy of the school, are maintained. Additionally, the board holds fiduciary responsibility for the school as managed by the administration. The board has one direct employee – the director. The director serves as an ex-officio member to the board and is likewise accountable to the board. The director is responsible for the operational decisions of the school.
Christian school board members function with the understanding that “Christian education starts with the following beliefs: that God exists; that He has spoken through His Word, the Bible; and that He must not be ignored because He is the center of life.” These principles guide the school board in its policy development and decision-making.
What are standing (governance) policies?
Standing policies are policies which outline governance details. Examples: Finance, Board/Director Relationship, Roles & Responsibilities, etc.
What are operational policies?
Operational policies are those policies, which govern the day-to-day operation of the school. Examples: Tardiness Policy, Dress Code Policy, Visitor Policy, Discipline Policy, etc.
Where might I find policies?
Policies that are regularly relevant to students and parents are generally made available on the KICS website in the staff and student handbooks.
How are board members selected?
The KICS board is made up of KICS parents–in accordance with the bylaws of the school–who reflect the mission, vision, and philosophy of The school. The board is self-perpetuating in that selection is an internal process. The KICS board is accountable to the school’s owner agency – Rwanda Outreach & Community Partners. Board members must meet many criteria including complete acceptance of the school’s Statement of Faith, Lifestyle Expectation, & Moral Integrity documents. Because the mission, vision, and philosophy of the school are the primary factors, which speak toward the functioning of the school, it is, then, for this reason and within this framework that KICS does not hold open elections for board seats.
How often does the board meet?
The board meets monthly in addition to ad hoc meetings as necessary. The general board member averages 6-10 hours a month with board related matters. Individual board members can spend as much as 40 hours in a month depending on the importance and sensitivity of the matters at hand. Additionally, board members participate in periodic training.
What do I do if I have a question?
Most questions are best answered by the administration that is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school. There is no need to contact the board unless you have some grievance that you feel must be elevated to the board having previously followed the principles of Matthew 18. Most matters that have not been addressed first by the administration or staff will be redirected to them. Should a matter need to be brought to the board it must be presented in writing to the entire board. A matter taken to an individual board member cannot be acted on by that member, as that member has no authority apart from the decision of the entire board. Outside of the context of a board meeting, the board member is simply considered a parent.
THE ROLE OF THE DIRECTOR
The director is the primary administrator of the school. The director hires the other staff members, and they report within the organizational structure of the school. The KICS board hires the director and the director reports to the board.
The Director operates the school and does so without intrusive scrutiny by individual Board Members or committees. The School Board is generally confined to establishing the broadest policies, and the Director is responsible for implementing policies and developing subsidiary policies for review and approval by the board.
The Director will establish an internal structure that best accomplishes the mission and vision of the school. The Director will operate within the structure to manage the day-to-day operations of the school.
If a staff member has a need or concern that requires immediate attention, he or she may approach the director or their immediate supervisor at any appropriate time to present concerns. The director or supervisor will address the concern as soon as practical.