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International Schools in Kenya

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You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Kenya with fee information. The list includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools for you to find the right school to prepare for the International Baccalaureate and other accreditation in Kenya. Schools may follow the American, Canadian or British curriculums with English speaking program while others run under the French, German Japanese or Scandinavian system.

Education in Kenya

The system is in the process of development with aid from both internal and external forces. Kenya has an 8-4-4 education system education system with 8 years of primary, 4 years of secondary and 4 years of university education, beginning with nursery education from 2-3 and entering the formal system at the age of 6 or 7 years old. Emphasis is placed on mathematics, English and vocational subjects.

International Schools

International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Kenya. International schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam.

There is usually local population, as well as an international student body. Schools may follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, France, etc. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English. Schools also provide internationally accepted accreditation such as the international baccalaureate.

Admission and enrollment procedures vary from school to school. Space is often limited and preference may be given to students based on nationality. Tuition tends to be expensive based on local standards, but offers high standards of learning, boast smaller class sizes, first-rate facilities, and extracurricular. Boarding facilities are available at some schools, but most only provide day classes.

Accreditation & Membership

International Schools in Nairobi

International School of Kenya (ISK)
Address: PO Box 14103
00800 Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 20 209 1308/9
Tuition Rates: $11,950 - 22,950 per year

The ISK Academic Curriculum provides English language education for students in Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12. Kiswahili is taught within the context of the Kenya units of inquiry. ISK is fully accredited by the CoIS and MSA.

Braeburn Schools
Address: P.O. BOX 45112 - 00100 GPO
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 (20) 501 8000
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

There are several branches of the co-educational Braeburn school in Nairobi. They follow the British English curriculum with testing for the IGCSE and A-level examinations. The school is accredited by CoIS.

GEMS Cambridge International School (About GEMS CIS-Nairobi)
Address: Magadi Road - Karen/Langata - P.O Box 15593
00509 Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 (0) 20 266 9200 / 254 (0) 708 989569 / 254 (0) 739 891623
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

GEMS is an English-speaking school from Foundation Stage to Year 13. It offers the IGCSE exams, as well as British-style A-levels for graduates. Uniforms are required.

Hillcrest International School
Address: Langata Rd
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: (254) 020 806 7783/4 or (254) 020 266 2137/8
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Modeled after the UK school system in the UK, the language of instruction is English. Students are 13 years old on arrival to Year 9, culminating in IGCSE and A Level qualifications. School uniforms are required.

Rosslyn Academy
Address: Off Limuru Road, Off Unep Avenue, Past Unep. Off Magnolia Close
P.O. Box 14146 - 00800
Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: 263-5294, 263-5295, 263-5296, 263-5261
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A private coed day school with a North American curriculum for grades Pre-K through 12. It offers a Christian based, English language education.

Rusinga School
Address: P.O. Box 25088-00603
Lavington, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 20 3872290, 3872395, 3872296
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This school follows the British National Curriculum. A Christian faith based education, up to Year 9 students study the set national curriculum subjects adapted to suit the Kenyan situation. In Years 10 and 11, the curriculum follows a two year IGCSE course administered by the University of Cambridge through Cambridge International Examinations Board (CIE). Uniform is required.

West Nairobi School
Address: P.O. Box 1333
Karen 00502 Kenya
Tel: 0733-610-394, 0733-626-244, 020-808-6290
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

An American curriculum international school with Christian education that follows the English or the US American curriculum. The school caters to pre-kindergarten through high school. The school is accredited by MSA and ACSI, and is a part of the NICS.

Peponi School
Address: PO Box 236
Ruiru, Kenya
Tel: +254 67 25058
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

An English-language independent, co-educational boarding school with an internationally recognized school-leaving examinations at 16 (IGCSE), 17 (A/S) and 18 (A2) Years.

Aga Khan Academy (AKES)
Address: Waiyaki Way / P. O. Box 42171-00100
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 736 801 580
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A not-for-profit independent school registered with the Ministry of Education in Kenya. The Academy offers an international curriculum leading to the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) administered from the Cambridge University and International Baccalaureate. There are several campuses across Kenya and around the world.

Netherlands School Society (NSS)
Address: PO Box 948
00502 Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 20 2513321
Email: info@netherlandsschool.com
Tuition Rates: 7,000-14,000 Euro

The Netherlands School Society (NSS) offers primary education based on individual needs with small class sizes. The school works with the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). This thematically English way of teaching 3 – 11 year olds is used in 92 countries around the world and is taught in English.

French International Schools in Nairobi

Lycée Denis Diderot
Address: PO BOX 47 525
Nairobi, Kenya, 00 100 GPO
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Curriculum is based on the French system with classes taught in French. The school operates under the auspices of the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs and is run in conjunction with the AEFE (Agency for the Teaching of French Abroad). It is a Cambridge testing center.

German International Schools in Nairobi

Deutsche Schule Nairobi / German School Nairobi (DSN)
Address: P.O. Box 978 / Limuru Road, opposite Village Market
00621 Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: 0721-258417 or 0733-445685
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This school caters to German-language expatriate families in the Kenyan capital. It has a German curriculum with instruction in German. It is accredited by the "Kultusministerkonferenz - KMK" (The Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany). From Class 8 upwards geography is taught in English while history is taught bilingually (English/German) from Class 9. A bilingual kindergarten and a boarding house are attached to the school. DSN observes all Kenyan public holidays as well as the Day of German Unity (3 October).

Japanese International Schools in Nairobi

Nairobi Japanese School
Address: P.O. Box 14997
00800 Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 203578553
Tuition Rates: 31,200 -32,400 ksh per year

Japanese language and curriculum. Education is approved by the Japanese government.

Scandinavian International School in Nairobi

Svenska Skolan i Nairobi
Address: Makindi Road, off. Ngong Road / P.O. Box 21324
Nairobi 00505 Kenya
Tel: 254 20 386 65 44
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

The school accepts students from all Scandinavian countries. The school provides primary to secondary in Swedish, with Danish, Finnish and Norwegian pupils receiving instruction in their mother tongue. There is also English instruction from pre-school through graduation. Boarding is available.

International School in Mombasa

Mombasa Academy
Address: P. O. Box: 86487
80100 Mombasa, Kenya
Tel: 254-41-471629, 254-41-473246
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A private coeducational international school. It caters to children from two and a half years old in play groups to nineteen years (A2 level). It follows the British National curriculum, with all the subjects being taught in English.

International Schools in Nakuru

St. Andrew's School, Turi
Address: Private Bag
Molo 20106 Kenya
Tel: 254 (0)722 209750 or 254 (0)20 2025709
Tuition Rates: KSh 221,000 - 638,000 per year

An international, multi cultural, Christian Boarding School in Kenya offering a British Curriculum education. It is a University of Cambridge testing center. It is accredited by COBIS. Boarding is available.

Greensteds International School
Address: Mbaruk Rd.
Nakuru, Kenya
Tel: 254 50 50770
Tuition Rates: 67,000 -545,000 kshs per year

Greensteds International School is a co-educational day and boarding school. The education is adapted form the National Curriculum of England from Reception to 'A' level. The school is a recognized centre for the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate and offers courses through the CIE and Edexcel education boards.