Lusaka International Community School (LICS)

Lusaka, Zambia
Secondary schools
Primary schools
Lusaka International Community School, LICS, founded in 1993, is a non-profit-making school providing quality internationally recognised education to a culturally diverse student body in a caring and supportive learning environment. The school follows the University of Cambridge International Examinations, CIE, curriculum as its base and provides a requisite range and variety of subjects in academic disciplines, as well as co-curricular activities in cultural, creative and sporting areas.

Secondary school

With an upper and lower secondary catering for children between the ages of eleven and sixteen years, Lusaka International Community School offers quality education and a holistic teaching approach preparing them for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education, IGCSE.

Lower secondary During the lower secondary programme (Year 7- 9), all students learn English language and literature, mathematics, French, science, information and communication technology (ICT), history, geography, business studies, art, drama, music and physical education. At the end of junior secondary, the students sit a Cambridge checkpoint examination in English, mathematics and science. Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 attend week long annual residential trips to various locations of Zambia. Year 10 students are committed to community service and attend work experience at different companies and organisations within Lusaka. Upper Secondary During the next two years, when students enter the IGCSE programme, some of these subjects are dropped in favour of a core of option subjects which include French, information and communication technology (ICT), physics, chemistry, biology, geography, history, additional mathematics, business studies and art. All students study first language English, English literature, mathematics and physical education. The programme culminates in the Cambridge-administered IGCSE examinations and students are awarded the internationally recognised International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) qualification. The last two years focus on the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Advanced Level (AL) studies. Extra curriculum activities The community service and social responsibility programmes empower students in Years 10, 11 and 12 to acquire civic responsibility and leadership skills. Lusaka International Community School Secondary has over a hundred and twenty students from Year 7 to Year 13. Small class sizes, combined with a very dedicated international teaching body, create a caring and friendly atmosphere and a positive learning environment. complemented by attractive facilities on 5 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds: music and performance rooms, ICT labs, libraries, a multi-purpose hall, a tennis and basketball court, 25-metre swimming pool as well as a beginner's pool and a football pitch.

Secondary school
Lusaka International Community School (LICS) · Secondary school


The pre-primary school covers the early learning centre and the reception classes that cater for learners between the ages of 1 to 5 years. Lusaka International Community School's classes are well equipped with a wide range of equipment and materials and a dedicated staff.

Lusaka International Community School offers to the pre primary school an aftercare facility to learners aged 2 to 5 years. This programme runs from 13:00hrs to 15:45hrs from Monday to Thursday. Activities offered in this programme are well planned and supplement those provided in the morning sessions. The excellent child-adult ratio ensures that special care is given to the learning needs of each individual learner. The school is committed to providing a child-centred approach to learning and in developing the whole child socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively. Early years class The early years class offers several work and play rooms, including a child friendly kitchen where learners cook every fortnight, a library and computer room. Learners are grouped according to age and have a children's playground. Children in the early years department are informally introduced to ICT through creative play activities. Most of the children are already familiar with some electronic gadgets such as pre-computers or kids laptops. In school they use electronic toys to enhance their play. From Reception onwards, the children attend weekly formal lessons in ICT. Reception class In the reception class specialist teachers take pupils in Physical Education, music and French. Formal lessons in ICT are offered to children in reception. The school's Learning Support department also supports learners with special educational needs. The Lusaka international community school also places great importance on parental involvement in the learning and development of young children. The school offers a very well established 'Parents as Partners' programme that provides workshops, talks, social events and opportunities for parents to work with and provide activities for, learners during the school day. Extra – curriculum activities The early years department receive one PE lesson a week with a PE specialist following the Val Sabin Schemes of Work. The curriculum focuses on gross motor skills, confidence, and hand / eye co-ordination, foot / eye co-ordination, sending and receiving in games. There is a full swimming curriculum including water confidence, using buoyancy aids, movement in the water, safety, entry and exiting the pool as well as pool rules. In the summer term students experience athletic activities in running, jumping and throwing leading up to the early Years Sports Day in Term 3. There are many other activities offered by early years department both by school staff and outside coaches that the parents can choose to do for after school activities. Reception classes receive a swimming lesson a week and games, gymnastics or athletics lesson with PE specialist teachers. Curricular activities include water safety and swimming, ball skills, games skills, following instructions; using a range of sports equipment, playground games, multi skills; fundamentals of movement, and athletic activities.

Lusaka International Community School (LICS) · Pre-school

Primary school

Lusaka International Community School caters for children between the ages of 4 and 11 years and follows a curriculum guided by the British National Curriculum. Students in year 6 sit for the primary checkpoint assessments these are internationally recognised and externally assessed.

At Key Stage 1 (years 1 and 2), an inter-disciplinary topic approach to curriculum planning is adopted. The curriculum is planned carefully, so that there is a planned progression in all curriculum areas. At Key Stage 2 (years 3 to 6), the curriculum at the school places a greater emphasis on the core subjects than it does at Key Stage 1, and these subjects are taught separately. The curriculum is all the planned activities that are organised in order to promote learning and personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the curriculum, but also the range of extra-curricular activities that the Lusaka International Community School organises in order to enrich the experience of the students. It also includes the 'hidden curriculum', or what the students learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. The aim is to teach students how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their true potential. Students with special education needs The curriculum in the school is designed to provide access and opportunity for all students who attend the school. If it is thought to be necessary to adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of individual students, then this is done only after the parents of the student have been consulted. Residential trips Children experience a wider curriculum than that offered solely in the classroom. Therefore students in Key Stage 2 (years 3 to years 6) attend residential trips to Fringilla (year 3) Nsobe (year 4 ) Livingstone ( year 5) and Choma (year 6). The experience develops a whole range of skills and knowledge in students from leadership and team building to co – operative/ collaborative learning of life skills and becoming more independent.

Primary school
Lusaka International Community School (LICS) · Primary school
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