International Community School Moving Into Vacated Medlock Elementary

From the Principal of the International Community School, Laurent Ditmann, Ph.D….

On Monday, October 10, at their monthly business meeting, the Dekalb County School System (DCSS) board approved the International Community School’s(ICS) requested Letter of Intent to lease the Medlock Elementary School building located at 2418 Wood Trail Lane in Decatur, Georgia.

The decision is a victory for ICS, which has been searching for a new facility for more than five years. To accommodate the school’s growing number of students and staff, the facilities have been split between a main campus within the Avondale Pattillo United Methodist Church in Avondale Estates and a satellite campus housing its fifth and sixth grades in Stone Mountain.

ICS officials will now begin finalizing the lease as well as a financial and logistical plan to support a move during the summer of 2012. The new building has more than 20% more space than the existing split campus, with larger classrooms and such prime amenities as a larger library and media center, an award-winning outdoor garden that serves as an outdoor classroom and a multi-purpose building with a gymnasium.

Notes from the DCSS board meeting state; It is beneficial to the District to have unused facilities occupied and to shift the expense of maintenance and utilities to the charter school. As part of the agreement, the International Community School will be solely responsible for providing any repairs, renovations, building and grounds maintenance and payment of utilities at this facility.

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Honk For the International Community School’s Art Show

The International Community School is putting on a first-ever art exhibition on March 21, 2011 at the Little Tree Gallery in Avondale Estates in an effort to introduce themselves to the community and have come up with an interesting way of raising funding for the event.  Kat writes in…


  • Friday, December 10
  • 7:45am – 8:15am

How It Works

Next Friday during morning carpool, our Principal has agreed to dress up in an outlandish costume and stand along Covington Highway (in front of the Avondale campus- 3260 Covington Highway) encouraging motorists to honk their horns in support of the art show. For each passing car that honks its horn between 7:45am and 8:15am that morning, Principal Ditmann will contribute $1.00 to fund the art show!

One Honk = One Dollar

Join in the fun and HONK YOUR HORN as you drive up to the school to drop off your children. Even better, consider making a PLEDGE of YOUR OWN to match Principal Ditmann’s pledge! We’ll also have a bucket at the carpool drop-off point where you can make a contribution.

Refugees in DeKalb Again Featured in NY Times

Every once in a while the New York Times likes to highlight the melting pot of refugees that are making DeKalb County their home. Back in September they featured a Clarkston church that was adapting to an influx of refugees and prior to that they looked at a refugee soccer team.

Then today, one of the top emailed articles on features the International Community School on Covington Hwy in DeKalb/unincorporated Decatur, where children from more than 40 different countries come to get a customized education in both classes and from each other.

The school is mix of the income brackets, comprised not just of kids from war torn countries but also from upper-income households in and around Decatur.

“Parents from low-income families tend to choose the school over other nearby public schools because it is safe and has small classes. More affluent parents seek it for the potential benefits of exposure to so many cultures. Most of the middle- and upper-middle-class parents are social progressives from Decatur, a liberal enclave. But not all.

Harvey Clark, whose son Zade is in the fifth grade, is a veteran of the Persian Gulf war and a Nascar fan.”

What will the New York Times’ next DeKalb refugee feature be?