List of International Schools in Kenya

Apart from Normal Schools that offer the 8-4-4 education system in the Country, Kenya has a reasonable number of well-established international schools that serve students from different parts of the world dwelling in the country as well as local residents.

These schools are mostly located in major towns and cities such as Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Thika and Nakuru. Majority of these schools teach in English but also offer international curriculums such as the International Baccalaureate (IB), International GCSE (IGCSE) and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Offering these international curriculums is what distinguishes these schools from the other ones.


International School of Kenya. Photo/Isk

Necessity of International Schools

Most of the foreigners living in Kenya with their families do not prefer taking their children through the rather ambiguous and lengthy Kenyan (8-4-4) Education System. This necessitates the presence of international schools that offer a shorter and precise curriculum. Children studying in these schools are able to transfer from one school to another easily incase of any circumstance. They can also take exams in any of the schools since all exams taken in these schools are the same regardless of location.

Who can enroll in an International School?

Although the schools are not restricted to foreign children only, native Kenyan children are rarely enrolled in these schools. This fact is attributed to the hefty amount of fees required to study in such an institution among other reasons. However, the elites normally enroll their children in these schools, typically speeding up their schooling process and subsequent absorption into the job market.

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Students at Hillcrest International School |Photo/Hillcrest

How long does it take to study in an International School?

Under normal circumstances, a child studying in an international school should complete secondary education at 16 years. On the other hand, a child in Kenyan education system completes secondary education at 18, 19 or even 20 in some cases. This indicates that graduates from international schools have an upper hand when it comes to career advancement as self-establishment.

Here is a list of international schools in Kenya, Contacts and Location:

1. Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi

Description: Co-educational, Day, Preparatory, Senior and Sixth Form
Location: 1st Parklands Avenue, off Limuru Road, Nairobi-Kenya
Address: PO Box 44424-00100, Nairobi, Kenya

2. Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa

Description: Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Preparatory, Senior and Sixth Form
Location: Mombasa Kenya
Address: PO Box 80100-90066, Mbuyuni Road, Kizingo, Mombasa, Kenya

A computer class in progress at international school in Nairobi. Photo/Courtesy

3. Aha Khan Nursery School, Nairobi

Description: Co-educational and Day school
Location; Nairobi Kenya
Address: PO Box 14998-00800, Nairobi Kenya

4. Braeburn School

Description: Co-educational, Day, Preparatory, Senior and Sixth Form
Location: Nairobi Kenya
PO Box 45112-00100, Nairobi

5. Braeburn Garden Estate School