Curriculum

ILAE’s rigorous and well-rounded world-class curriculum will fully equip our students with the knowledge and experience needed to enter top universities around the world, preparing them for a lifetime of leadership. Our curriculum is informed by Ethiopia’s national curriculum, The Northwest School’s curriculum (based on student-centered learning and an integrated Humanities curriculum), traditional Ethiopian educational and cultural values and best practices from around the world.

COMPONENTS INCLUDE:

  • HIGHEST QUALITY CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION

  • LEADERSHIP THROUGH SERVICE

  • LOCALLY ROBUST, GLOBALLY CONNECTED COMMUNITY

  • TECHNOLOGY

  • SUSTAINABILITY

In addition, ILAE’s highly qualified faculty have a diverse educational and professional background from around the world. Supported by appropriate technology, the program incorporates: cross-curricular connections; exploration of local, national and global issues; discipline-specific knowledge and multiple opportunities to exercise leadership skills. Students will develop self-knowledge, creative thinking, and effective communication skills as they prepare for leadership roles.

Knowledge Acquisition & Ethio-Centric Values

Part of Ethiopian traditional education emphasizes research ‘Mirmera’ to acquire knowledge of how things work ‘Tibeb’. To be an educated person ‘Awaki’ is to seek and acquire truth or the order of the world ‘Ewnet’. This curriculum will reflect the idea that true learning goes beyond simple mastery of certain skills ‘Moya’. In addition, the ILAE curriculum framework is underlined by Ethio-centric values. ILAE intentionally embeds these values, be it inside or outside of the classroom, in the way individuals interact with one another to create and sustain a school culture that promotes a healthy sense of self, civility, and respect.

OUR VALUES ARE


RESPECT FOR NATIONS/NATIONALITIES AND PEOPLE OF ETHIOPIA
RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE AND RESPECT FOR GENDER DIVERSITY
ETHIOPIAN IDENTITY
COMMUNITY VALUES
RESPECT FOR ELDERS

Special Education

On December 1st, 2015 the school began a Special Education program for students with disability. Five students were initially admitted, with two successfully continuing in the program. Our all-inclusive Special Education Program is designed to provide a convenient and quality educational environment to children with special needs. This environment was designed to facilitate children’s independence in a wide range of academic and life skills.

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CORE OBJECTIVES

  • Help develop the full intellectual, emotional and motor potential of children with special needs;

  • Ensure their integration in the society so that they can become productive members of their community.

The special education program at the International Leadership Academy of Ethiopia’s (ILAE) aims to create a model approach in special education i.e. inclusive education based on the integration of best practice from around the world. We aim to provide culturally and contextually appropriate testing, intervention, therapy and instruction. ILAE has a strong commitment to children’s rights as stated in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1990). We respect the culture of children and their families. In addition, the program attaches great importance to conveying positive values such as respect of difference and tolerance.

Special Ed Class

In the Special ED class, students with special needs go through various testing and assessment procedures (cognitive, sensory integration, behavioral, needs and functional assessment). Through these, our licensed clinical psychologist and his team seek to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each student. Once this is done, an individualized curriculum is developed for each student based on the findings of the assessments.

The activities of the Special ED Department can be described based on the following three operational characteristics:

At ILAE, inclusion refers to the mainstreaming of students with special needs into typical classes. In addition the mainstreaming program provides “typically developing” students to work directly with the “special needs” peers in the special education classrooms.
The Special ED team conduct home visits with intervals in order to monitor the efficiency of the work at home, to help families tackle problematic behaviors, to help implement strategies for skills that have to be acquired in the home environment and to implement and follow up with the positive behavior support program.
Research and public engagement is also a key component of our strategy to become a center of excellence in the field of special education. Our research activities include the development of culturally appropriate teaching and therapeutic materials, as well as psychological and educational standardized testing instruments. The Department also seeks to contribute to policymaking dialogues and to engage with the public in order to raise general awareness on the inclusion needs of people with special needs.

Extra-Curricular Activities

At ILAE we believe in providing multiple avenues for learning and Afterschool programs are critical component of the learning and teaching practices. Students get opportunities to develop soft skills and know-hows that we believe are equally critical to leadership development.

Student Organizations

At the heart of the extra and co-curricular programs is the active and leading involvement of all students in the school. ILAE students are expected to give as much attention to extra-curricular programs as they do to in-class instructions. Students are democratically elected to lead these programs with faculty/staff advisors close by to provide the necessary guidance and support.

STUDENT GOVERNING BODY (SGB)

MISSION

Further develop the culture of transparency and collaboration at ILAE by helping to facilitate a more conducive environment for communication between the student population and faculty, staff, and administration.

ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY CLUB

MISSION

Create a sustainable environment.

OBJECTIVES

Solving environmental problems without creating another, conservation and wise use of all the environment, to keep the environment for the next generation, environment and ecological protection, application of knowledge acquired in the school and this club.

COMMUNITY SERVICE / KEY CLUB

MISSION

Cultivate and nurture leadership skills, promote human values, and promote collaboration.

OBJECTIVES

Serve the school and community, to recognize as an outstanding club, carry out projects and grow to leadership positions on international Key club level.

MODEL UNITED NATIONS (MUN) CLUB

MISSION

Keep up with current affairs of world news, nurture students’ ability to identify and appreciate different perspectives in order to promote objectivity and critical thinking, to be problem solvers in critical solutions.

OBJECTIVES

Visit African Union Headquarters, meet influential leaders, raising MUN awareness in the community, and update ILAE community about current events.

COMPUTER SCIENCE CLUB

MISSION

Help students transition to advanced computing skills from basic level.
Objectives – develop coding/programing skills, operate and manage the school resource center, take part in competitions and coding events.

OBJECTIVES

Develop coding/programing skills, operate and manage the school resource center, take part in competitions and coding events.

BOOK CLUB

MISSION

Promote the culture of reading.

OBJECTIVES

Advance reading practices, promote English language literacy, and support writing talents.

KINET CLUB

MISSION

Promote performance art.

OBJECTIVES

Carry out one major play for the year, support the monthly ‘ILAEite’ event.

GIRLS’ CLUB

MISSION

Nurture student learning that helps them realize their leadership potential.

OBJECTIVES

Increase girls’ participation in various school activities, empowering girls on health and education areas, build network with other women associations, promote community cohesion, and grow the club into an association.

STEM

MISSION

STEM aims to foster student’s ability to innovate and perverse. To fulfill this the STEM curriculum plus supplements the national curriculum which informs a competent learning and teaching system for students aligned with the global network of schools. The focus will be on the Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Math with resources and classroom instruction intended to teach problem solving, investigative thinking and master scientific and mathematical abilities of students pertinent to 21st challenges.

OBJECTIVES

The STEM department has the goal of covering the national curriculum from MoE on subject matters expected to be provided for grades 9-12 students.

Events and Activities

As part of the extra and co-curricular activities, the following is a list of events and activities that is provided for all students.

Every Friday the entire school comes together in a 1 hour meeting to discuss upcoming event, to showcase student talent, and engage in community forum designed to help build the ILAE culture.
Creativity is an important quality of a leader and ILAE believes in providing the platform for students to showcase their creative talents. An Evening with ILAEites is a monthly program designed to provide an opportunity for students to share poems, plays, pros and other demonstration of creative talents to the school community. This event is held once a month on the last Wednesday of the month.
The purpose of the lecture series is to bring to school prominent and highly accomplished individuals to participate and lead a series of lectures and discourse to help our students make the connections between in-class instructions with that of real world situations. Four lecture series are held each year in support of this mission. These lecture series provide opportunity to invite prominent and experienced leaders in their field of study to deliver real world experience with the rigors academic discourse.
At ILAE we believe the practice of service is an important leadership characteristic that must be nurtured. We encourage our students to be active participants of community service initiatives. A leadership quality we promote at ILAE is the culture of service through engagement and participation in community issues.

Following are activities that are celebrated yearly:

Math Day Celebration, March

Adwa Day Celebration, March

Neural Diversity Day, April

Debates and Quizzes, October, January, and June

Nations and Nationalities Day Celebration, December

Summer Program

At the International Leadership Academy of Ethiopia – ILAE we are looking to grow and nurture student learning that helps them realize their leadership potential. Our school programs are designed to inspire the next generation of leaders with ‘locally robust and globally connected’ curriculum. The ILAE Summer School program is an integral part of the school programs. The summer school program is designed to promote ILAE’s mission of “offering an education that inspires, nurtures and develops young women and men to be leaders in their communities, in Ethiopia and beyond.”

SUMMER PROGRAM PARTNER SCHOOLS

CONTACT US

MAILING ADDRESS
PO Box 20034
Seattle, WA 98102 USA
PHONE
+1 206-682-2125

EMAIL
info@ilacademy.org

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The International Leadership Academy of Ethiopia provides exceptional services to highly talented students and youth with special needs. ILAE is part of IKON Education Institute, a tax exempt, non profit organization registered in Washington State, USA.