Peace, in Jesus’ name.
Welcome to the Secondary School at Kigali International Community School! At KICS, students are not only offered a world-class education but are also supported in developing their identities through Christ. Beyond being prepared for citizenry and being ready to enter the labor force, KICS graduates leave equipped with the tools they need to become better moral, social ambassadors for the future.
Carrying the baton from the Primary School team to the finish line, the Secondary School team is deeply committed to building upon foundational reading, writing, and logical reasoning skills with a rigorous, American-style academic program. From grades 6-12 at our school, students are provided numerous opportunities to both refine and master these skills, to deepen their worldview, and to develop positive, life-long attitudes towards learning, faith, and relationships. Our secondary program includes Advanced Placement (AP) courses, which help to position students for admission to the finest colleges and universities, worldwide. This program also includes a vast array of co-curricular offerings designed to enrich young minds beyond the classroom.
Through sports, our students are afforded the chance to learn important lessons around winning and losing by competing with their peers in local leagues. Through Visual and Performing Arts, our students are able to engage with different modes of expression and to participate in school-wide groups and/or activities, including Choir, Band, Guitar, Jazz Band, Worship Band, Media, Photography, and Theatre. For those who wish to push themselves even further, we also offer Mu Alpha Theta (a program for mathematically-gifted students; offered at KICS in grades 6-8), a debate team, and a 3D printing club. Separated into two branches (grades 7-8 and grades 9-12), Model United Nations is one of our largest, most popular student clubs, with students representing KICS at the East African Model United Nations (EAMUN) conference in Nairobi, Kenya, each year. We also have a Student Council. This group is vital to the culture at KICS, especially with our collective commitment to servant leadership. Additionally, our student Mission Groups meet each week to collaborate about opportunities to impact the community through works of service.
Regardless of how robust our secondary program is, it would not be successful without student ownership of the learning or without our close partnership(s) with parents, guardians, and other community members. Again, we heartily welcome you to the Secondary School at KICS and encourage you to join the conversation!
Dr. Chukwuma “Chuks” Ekwelum.
More About Dr. Ekwelum
Dr. Ekwelum joined KICS as the Secondary Principal in 2020. After having worked in several secular schools as both a teacher and an administrator, he came to realize that one must be willing to lay aside or to completely abandon his or her Christian ideals for the sake of thriving in such settings, a compromise he has never been willing to make. Therefore, a career in Christian schooling has felt like a natural pivot and fit for him. Dr. Ekwelum is extremely passionate about youth development and improving the human condition through education. His hope is not simply to cultivate fine scholars in the classroom, but to also play a role in shaping better ambassadors for a world in need of healing - a world in desperate need of Jesus. He has overcome a great deal of hardship in his lifetime and cherishes opportunities to uplift others with his personal story. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, but the son of Nigerian immigrants, Dr. Ekwelum possesses a cultural background and lens that enables him to understand a wide range of life experiences.
A dedicated, lifelong learner, Dr. Ekwelum is thankful to God for all of the scholastic achievements that He has blessed him with, including membership in the Charles F. Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars Cohort, recipiency of the Bank of America Leaders in Urban Education Scholarship, recipiency of the United States Department of Education Title III Scholarship, and membership in the Wisconsin Idea Executive Ph.D. Cohort in K-12 Leadership.
In 2014, Dr. Ekwelum met the love of his life, Vanessa. Two years later, they got married. Out of their loving union came their son, Josiah, and then their daughter, Hadassah. Ordained together in 2018, he and his wife served as Associate Pastors at Destiny Life Center International before moving to Rwanda, under the discipleship of Senior Pastors Roland and Patricia Cooper. Away from work, Dr. Ekwelum enjoys a variety of things: listening to music, exercising, reading, writing, cooking, playing chess, playing video games, and watching a moderate amount of TV.