The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi

The Aga Khan Academy is authorized to implement the Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programs


The Academy strives to create a harmonious balance between academic demands, sporting and cultural activities and community life. Our students learn to be knowledgeable, open-minded thinkers, inquirers, principled, risk-takers, well-balanced, and caring. They are prepared for life.

Introduction

Established in 1970, the Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi is a private, co-educational school situated in pleasant surroundings in the Parklands suburb of Nairobi.

The Aga Khan Academy is one of the leading schools in Kenya offering the International Baccalaureate curriculum (IB), and authorized to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP). With over 1000 students, it is a multi-cultural school with many nationalities and cultures represented at any given time.

The Academy strives to create a harmonious balance between academic demands, sporting and cultural activities and community life. Our students learn to be knowledgeable, open-minded thinkers, inquirers, principled, risk-takers, well-balanced, and caring. They are prepared for life.

The School is a community of life-long learners of students, teachers and parents with the goal of developing an ethical, pluralistic global community with a social conscience. It develops homegrown leaders with ethical foundations based on spirituality, and desire and ability to create positive change in the world.

The three schools of the Aga Khan Academy Nairobi work together to develop the IB learner profile beginning with an inquiry-based approach in the Early Years Primary Years Programme (PYP) at The Nursery School, followed by the Primary Years Programme (PYP) at the Junior School for grades 1-6. Students continue in the Senior School, enrolling in the Middle Years Programme of studies (MYP) for grades 7-11. The Senior School blends the syllabus of the Cambridge IGCSE in grades 10 and 11 to enable students to obtain the IGCSE certificate. Upon completion of the IGCSE programme, students enter the Diploma Programme (DP) for their final two years of study in the Senior School.

Students participate in a strong co-curricular programme, which includes athletics, visual arts and performing arts such as music and drama. In the Senior School, students may also enroll in Film Studies. As a result, students are able to develop a broad engagement with the world as we seek to educate the whole child.

Students are also encouraged to develop ethically and spiritually and to strive to succeed. The Aga Khan Academy’s ethos nurtures principled individuals who display respect towards diverse cultures and beliefs, enabling them to become responsible, compassionate global citizens.

Facilities include well-equipped libraries for each school, ICT rooms with SMART-Boards, swimming pools, science laboratories, sports fields, art-rooms, a drama and film studio.

The IB curriculum enables students to learn using an inter-disciplinary approach and to develop critical thinking, creativity and international-mindedness—identified by leading educators globally as some of the critical skills for the 21st Century.


Outstanding Faculty

The Aga Khan Academy faculty is of the highest caliber and reflects the school's cultural diversity. All teachers have internationally recognized qualifications and together they bring a wealth of educational expertise and international experience to the school.

  • The Aga Khan Academy has internationally trained teachers to provide the IB curriculum
  • 16 are IB examiners in the Senior School and 11 are certified IB workshop leaders in the Nursery, Junior and Senior Schools combined
  • All teachers have attended regional IB workshops in the Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma programmes

Results Oriented

The Aga Khan Academy provides an outstanding academic education and enables students to obtain the best results. Although the Nursery School does not have a grading system, it typically holds an annual graduation and exhibition celebrating the completion of the Early Years in the PYP. The Junior School has obtained above global average results in the International Student Assessment by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). Over the past four years, the Senior School has consistently earned between 32-34 points, scoring well above the world mean.

Excellent University Admission

The Academy offers an international curriculum leading to the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) administered from the Cambridge University. Graduates from The Aga Khan Academy gain admission to top universities globally.

Aga Khan Education Service Kenya (AKESK)

The Aga Khan Academy Nairobi is operated by Aga Khan Education Service Kenya (AKESK), a non-profit organization, nearing 100 years experience operating schools in Kenya.

Our first formal schools were opened in 1918, and AKESK currently operates schools in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and Eldoret, serving close to 5,500 students with a quality, affordable education.

AKES has a long tradition of leadership in educational development. The foundations of the present system were laid by Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah, Aga Khan III, under whose guidance over 200 schools were established during the first half of the 20th century, the first of them in 1905 in Zanzibar, Gwadar in Pakistan and Mundra in India. Since the creation of Aga Khan Education Service companies in the 1970s, the Schools have been centrally administered and managed.

AKES currently operates more than 200 schools and several educational programmes that provide quality pre-school, primary, secondary and higher secondary education services to more than 75,000 students in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates and Madagascar. Schools will also be developed in Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Aga Khan Schools strive to create a harmonious balance between academic demands, sporting and cultural activities and community life. It challenges its pupils to be intellectually inquisitive and socially conscious. The School believes that while what students know is important, the true measure of a student's education is the ability to analyse what they do not know.

Developing critical thinking and analysis is therefore at the core of the AKES schools. Our Schools also encourage students to respect and appreciate other people's cultures, social structures, values and beliefs. Taken together, these objectives are designed to help equip children with the tools they will need to make their way in school, society and an increasingly interdependent world.

Alumni

Alumni are encouraged to keep in touch with their Alma Mater School either directly or through the AKESK Central Office.

For questions and general information, please send an e-mail.

Nursery School

The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi - Nursery School is an Early Years (EY) Primary Years Programme (PYP) Authorised school offering the best in international education at a pleasant campus in the neighbourhood of the National Museum.

The School serves 250 students from international and multi-cultural communities. It provides a secure learning environment where the child is valued and respected, and there are opportunities for each child to learn individually and independently through exploration and active interaction with his or her environment.

The school's mission is to provide a well-balanced foundation in Early Childhood Education with the aim of preparing students to face challenges, take advantage of opportunities that will be encountered in the next level of education and participate actively in the building of a responsible society.

"Our Children Can!" is the School motto. Not only do children get the opportunity to excel academically, but they also get to develop in a holistic learning environment.

The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi - Nursery School is the first and the only IB Early years PYP World School in Kenya. The School has been authorized to teach the International Baccalaureate Primary Years programme (PYP) since 2012 and offers this programme from K1 to K3.

In addition to the PYP curriculum, the School offers the following special programs:

EAS Curriculum
For the Playgroup (2–3 year olds) classes, EAS curriculum is utilized.

LAMDA
London School of Music and Dramatic Arts gives children the opportunity to develop ways to express their feelings and attitudes through music, drama and arts.

Tae-Kwo-Ndo
Apart from physical fitness, this martial art helps improve children’s concentration and discipline. Children learn how to have self-control which is an important skill in social relations.

Information Technology
All classrooms have computers to support learning and there is also a fully equipped computer lab that helps students learn computer skills from an early age.

Swimming
A heated age-appropriate pool with a qualified instructor enables children to learn how to swim at an early age.

Skating
Skating enables children to learn balance, coordination, stamina and concentration.

Clubs
At least 3 different activities are offered each day for K1 and K2 children.

Play House
A fully-equipped house with safe-play home equipment helps develop social and emotional skills.

Junior School

The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi - Junior School, is an authorized PYP school offering the best in international education at a pleasant campus in the Parklands suburb of Nairobi.

The School accommodates approximately 350 students from international and multi-cultural communities. The School is open to all students and does not discriminate in admissions on nationality, ethnic origin or religion . It is operated by the Aga Khan Education Service, Kenya (AKES, K).

The Junior School offers the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate (IB). The focus of the programme, designed for students aged 3 to 12, is on the development of the whole child in the classroom and in the world, building on the philosophy of international-mindedness. It draws on research and best practices to create an engaging and challenging education programme for our student population.

The Junior School strives to create a harmonious balance between academic demands, sporting and cultural activities and community life. It challenges its students to be intellectually inquisitive and socially conscious.

Developing critical thinking and inquiry is at the core of the school's mission. The School also encourages students to respect and appreciate other people’s cultures, social structures, values and beliefs. Taken together, these objectives are designed to help equip children with the tools they will need to make their way in school, society and an increasingly interdependent world.

School Philosophy

The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi - Junior School works to provide children with equal opportunities to excel academically and socially. The School is committed to providing the environment, resources and programmes that will create opportunities for optimizing the students’ academic, social, leadership and personal growth. The School is also a community in which students, parents and staff work together to create a happy and caring environment.

The Junior School offers:

  • An Internationally recognized curriculum in the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate.
  • Attractive well-resourced classrooms designed to facilitate school aims.
  • Highly qualified teachers who are committed to their students.
  • A well-resourced library.
  • A truly multi-cultural environment with students and faculty from several different countries.
  • A Learning Support Unit that caters for students with learning difficulties.
  • A balanced Physical Education programme.
  • A commitment to the Arts, with yearly musical productions, outreach programmes with school choir, and many other music and drama exhibitions.
  • A vast array of extra-curricular activities ranging from archery, rock climbing, golf, horse riding, to charity clubs, cookery and arts and crafts.
  • Opportunities to participate in international sporting tournaments.
  • Preparation for the Middle Years Programme (MYP) offered at the Senior School.

Senior School

Established in 1970, the Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi is a private, co-educational school situated in pleasant surroundings in the Parklands suburb of Nairobi.

The School serves approximately 350 students from international and multi-cultural communities. The School is open to all students and does not discriminate in admissions on nationality, ethnic origin or religion . It is operated by the Aga Khan Education Service, Kenya (AKES, K).

The Aga Khan Academy Nairobi, Senior School operates Grades 7-13 and offers the IB Middle Years Programme, IGCSE Certificate and IB Diploma Programme.

The Aga Khan Academy Nairobi, Senior School is an International Baccalaureate World School offering a holistic programme of education combining a rigorous academic focus with a broad range of athletic and enrichment activities.

Our academic programme has been developed through the implementation of the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP) curricula. The International Baccalaureate defines the framework and forms the basis for a contemporary education that provides students with:

  • Critical and creative thinking skills
  • Approaches to learning which prepare them for university and lifelong education
  • A multi-disciplinary approach to learning which is representative of the real world
  • A balanced approach to life
  • An open-minded and principled outlook, leading to the development of pluralism and ethics
  • An ability to conduct independent study and research

Balance between the academic and co-curricular, and emphasis on the physical, cognitive and emotional development of the student is a core focus of the school.

The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi - Senior School student is:

  • Prepared to face and succeed in life
  • Internationally-minded, aware of, and appreciative of global cultures
  • Able to work with a diversity of people
  • Prepared to lead using a universal ethical sensibility founded in spirituality

Every year, over 90% of our graduating IB DP students earn placements in top Kenyan and international universities, including London School of Economics, University of Manchester, University of Nottingham, University of Reading, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, McGill University, Oxford University, Vassar University, Brown University, University of Waterloo, Western University, University of Alberta, University of Warwick, NYU and many more.

Students are also recipients of scholarships awarded by many of these international universities.

Contact Us

The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi - Nursery School
1st Parklands Avenue, off Limuru Road
Nairobi
KENYA

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 14998-00800
Nairobi
KENYA

Phone: +254 717 574 489 / +254 770 216 410
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The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi - Junior School
1st Parklands Avenue, off Limuru Road
Nairobi
KENYA

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 44424-00100
Nairobi
KENYA

Phone: +254 0733758510
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The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi - Senior School
1st Parklands Avenue, off Limuru Road
Nairobi
KENYA

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 44424-00100
Nairobi
KENYA

Phone: +254 736 380 101
[ Send an e-mail ]