Admission is based solely on merit and the School does not discriminate in admissions on nationality, race, tribe, ethnic origin or religion. Parents of students with non-Kenyan nationalities must show a valid residence permit, and obtain a student pass for their child to be enrolled at the School.
All prospective students are expected to be conversant in English, have good numerical literacy, show academic aptitude and interest in co-curricular/sporting activities, and have a positive record of behaviour both in and outside the classroom.
In September each year, the Junior School admits approximately 50 students into Grade 1, aged 5.5 to 6.5 years. Preference is given to students from the Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi - Nursery School, where the PYP curriculum is followed. Students from the Nursery School receive admission to the Junior School if they have been at the nursery School for at least two years (K2 and K3) and they receive a recommendation for admission from the Head-Teacher of the Nursery School.
A small number of students are also admitted from other various nursery schools. For these students, selection is based on performance on entry level assessments and interviews with the students and parents.
For admission into other grades, an applicant is required to sit an entrance test. An interview will also be held with the student and sometimes with parents. Past reports from previous schools are taken into consideration for admission.
The Aga Khan Academy offers Scholarships to recognize academic excellence to new or continuing students. These scholars must have other outstanding qualities in the areas of citizenship and character to benefit from an education at The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi.
All scholarships are based on a demonstration of financial need.
The number of scholarships and the amount will vary from year to year.
The Aga Khan Academy wishes to attract high calibre students who maintain or advance the academic standard of the School. To assist families who would like to educate their children at the Academy, but cannot afford full fees, a limited amount of assistance may be granted in exceptional cases. The families concerned may apply to a special Aga Khan Education Service, Kenya panel for consideration.