The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi

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. This year, the Senior School IB DP 2016 cohort earned a mean of 32 points compared to a 2016 World Average of 30.07.

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.