The curriculum offered by the Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi is comprised of the International Baccalaurate Curriculum, used by over 4,000 schools.
The three programmes form a coherent sequence of education by promoting the education of the whole person through an emphasis on intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth. AKES and The International Baccalaureate® aim to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
Starting from K1-K3 nursery level and Grades 1 to 6 at the Junior School, the PYP focuses on the development of the whole child in the classroom and in the world outside. It develops concepts, knowledge, skills, attitude and action - developed through six trans-disciplinary themes teaching six subject areas. The six subject areas are: Language, Maths, Social Studies, Arts, Sciences, and Personal Social and Physical Education. The pedagogy uses inquiry in a trans-disciplinary framework to enable children to obtain a holistic perspective of the world.
The School provides MYP curriculum framework of the IB and includes the context of the Cambridge IGCSE in Grades 10 -11 (MYP 4 & 5) to enable students to obtain the IGCSE certificate. The MYP uses eight subject groups to provide a rigorous approach to learning. These disciplines are taught in a holistic and interdisciplinary manner using Concepts (what we are learning) and Global Contexts (why we are learning). Key concepts are broad, organizing powerful ideas that transcend subject groups and facilitate connections with other subjects. Global contexts aim to develop international mindedness, making learning relevant and enable students to develop values and competencies necessary for global engagement. These global contexts consist of identities and relationships, orientation in space and time, personal and cultural expression, scientific and technical innovation, globalization and sustainability, fairness and development. They represent a specific setting, event or set of circumstances chosen to stimulate learning.
Upon completion of the MYP and IGCSE courses, students apply to enter the internationally acclaimed IB Diploma Programme. To obtain the Diploma, students must study three subjects at higher level, three subjects at standard level, and complete three core requirements: a 4,000 word essay based on independent research, a presentation on the Theory of Knowledge, and Creativity Action and Service activities.
Technology is taught using a blend of Robotics and Computer Science; the Arts are taught using a combination of Drama, Music and Visual Arts. The use of Robotics enables students to learn real-world applications of Mathematics, Physics and Programming. A Key goal in the Arts is the appreciation of global cultures, and the subjects that incorporate the appreciation of Art, Music and Drama from around the world. Recent introduction is the launch of the Global Perspectives course in Grades 10 and 11 (MYP 4 and 5) – a unique offering that provides students with the opportunity to conduct independent study on a topic of global interest. Also in Grades 10 and 11 (MYP 4 and 5), students may choose Film Studies as part of the Arts Programme.
Underlying the three programmes is the Aga Khan Academy IB Learner Profile, which celebrates 12 attributes valued by us as an IB World School. These attributes describe our students as individuals and as responsible members of a global community who strive to be: