Admission to the Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi - Senior School

Admission to the Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi Senior School is competitive, and based on merit. The School does not discriminate in admissions on nationality, ethnic origin or religion.

Students from Aga Khan Academy Nairobi Junior School

Admission for students graduating from the Junior School Grade 6 is automatic with a recommendation from the Head Teacher of the Junior School, except for students who have not cleared their school fees and other financial obligations to the Junior School.

The Junior School Head Teacher shall provide a recommendation to students who have:

a) Satisfactorily met the academic requirements of the Junior School;
b) Exhibited satisfactory behaviour during their stay at the Junior School;
c) Completed at least 3 years at the Junior School;
d) Demonstrated the qualities of the IB learner profile and the AKESK student ethos.

For all recommended students, the Junior School Head Teacher shall provide all relevant information to the Senior School Admissions Committee, including report cards, learning support records, behaviour records and ACER exams.

Students from Other Schools

Candidates from other schools must meet ANY of the following requirements in order to be considered for admissions:

  1. Students coming from an international curriculum school must demonstrate a minimum grade of B Minus (or equivalent) or higher in English, mathematics, one science subject, and one humanities subject in the entire last year of their current or last school. These grades must be shown on an official transcript or report card on school letterhead
  2. Students from the National curriculum should have attained a minimum mark of 300 to qualify for entrance into MYP 3, or 230 to qualify for admission to MYP 2. They must also meet the age requirement specified in Section 1.0
  3. Attain a minimum score of 50% on an on-line (ACER- OPI) placement test in English and Mathematics, and Problem Solving. Creative Writing should be a minimum of 4. There is a fee for this test, which parents must pay in advance.
  4. An official Letter of Reference from the Head Teacher or Deputy at the candidate’s current school, along with a School Leaving Certificate from the School which comments on the behaviour of the student.

Parents will be required to bring copies of the student’s birth certificate and original documents pertaining to their previous schooling.

Conditional Acceptance

Conditional acceptance to MYP 1- 3 may be given in exception circumstances to students who:

  • Come from an international curriculum school and have C grades in 8 subjects AND obtain at least 50% in the ACER placement and Problem Solving assessment
  • Come from a National Curriculum school and have attained 300 marks in the KCPE examination
  • Meet criteria Section 4.0 above
  • Accept to be on academic probation, which requires them to meet a level 4 achievement in all eight MYP disciplines within the first year at the Senior School

Failure to meet the achievement level 4 in all eight MYP disciplines by the end of the first year of attendance at the Senior School will result in the student being asked to withdraw from the school.

Admissions to Grade 10 (MYP 5) First Year of IGCSE within MYP

Candidates must meet ALL the following requirements in order to be considered for admission:

  1. Students coming from National or International Curriculum schools must demonstrate a minimum grade of B (or equivalent) or higher in English, mathematics, one science subject and one humanities subject in the entire last year of their current or last school, AND a minimum grade of C in 4 other examinable subjects. These grades must be shown on an official transcript or report card on school letterhead and supplied directly from the current school.
  2. Attain a minimum score of 50% on an on-line (ACER OPI) placement test in English and Mathematics, and Problem Solving. Creative Writing should be a minimum of 4. There is a fee for this test, which parents must bear.
  3. A recommendation letter from the Head Teacher or Deputy at the candidate’s current school, along with a school leaving certificate.

Parents will be required to bring copies of the child’s birth certificate and original documents pertaining to their previous schooling.

Conditional Acceptance

Conditional acceptance to MYP 4 may be given in exceptional circumstances to students who:

  • Come from an International Curriculum school and have C grades in 8 subjects AND obtain at least 50% in the ACER placement.
  • Meet criteria of Section 3.0 and 4.0 above.
  • Accept to be on academic probation, which requires them to obtain B grades in 4 subjects and maintain a C grade in their other 4 subjects.

Failure to meet the probation requirement by the end of MYP 4 at the Senior School will result in the student being asked to withdraw from the school.

Admission to Grade 12 (DP1) First Year of IB Diploma Programme

INTERNAL STUDENTS

Internal students, graduating from MYP 5 at the Aga Khan Senior School Nairobi will be required to exhibit capacity to perform well in the Diploma Programme. As such, they will be required to meet the following in addition to DP entry requirements:

  • A minimum MYP grade of 6 in each proposed HL subject and a minimum of 5 in the proposed SL subject.
  • A minimum of 6 credits (A* to C) in their IGCSE mock examinations, and a minimum of B or equivalent in the three subjects they propose to study at Higher Level in the Diploma Programme.
  • A satisfactory behaviour record at the Senior School as per the academic and behaviour policies.
  • Clearance of all fees and financial obligations to the school.
  • Mandatory successful completion of the MYP Personal Project with a minimum achievement level of 4.

STUDENTS FROM OTHER SCHOOLS

Candidates from other schools must meet ALL the following requirements in order to be considered for admission:

  • Candidates must have obtained a minimum grade of B in the three subjects they propose to study at Higher Level in the Diploma Programme and a minimum grade of C in the three subjects they propose to study at Standard Level. These grades must be supported by official transcripts from KCSE or IGCSE.
  • Applicants from schools that offer GCE Edexcel must obtain a minimum grade of A or A* in the three subjects they propose to study at Higher Level in the Diploma Programme and a grade of B or higher in the three subjects they propose to study at Standard Level. These grades must be supported by official transcripts from GCE Edexcel.
  • Candidates from MYP schools must have obtained a level 5 or higher for the subjects they propose to study at Standard Level and a grade 6 and above for the subjects they propose to study in Higher Level.
  • An official letter of reference from the Head Teacher or Deputy at the candidate’s current school, along with a School Leaving Certificate.
  • All external candidates must write an entrance exam in English Literature (unseen paper).
  • Parents will be required to attach copies of the child’s birth certificate and original documents pertaining to their previous schooling.

Conditional Acceptance

Conditional acceptance to DP 1 may be given to students from an IGCSE curriculum based on the mock/predicted results of their school. Their admission will be confirmed on receipt of the final results on an official transcript from Cambridge or IGCSE.

Admissions to Grade 13 (DP2) Second Year of IB Diploma Programme

Admissions to DP 2 may be done only in exceptional circumstances, if students meet the following conditions:

  • They have completed the first year of the Diploma Programme at an authorized school.
  • They have a total of 29 points at the end of their first year in their current school, and a minimum grade of C in Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge, and have completed their Community Action and Service (CAS) hours, certified by the CAS Coordinator at their current school.
  • Obtain a mean level 4 achievement in an entrance assessment comprised of an end-of-year exam or equivalent at the Senior School.
  • Provide an official Letter of Reference from the Head Teacher or Deputy at the candidate’s current school, along with a School Leaving Certificate.
  • Successfully complete an interview by the DP Coordinator and the Head Teacher.

Scholarships

The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi Senior School offers Scholarships to recognize academic excellence and all round talent (academic excellence combined with demonstrated achievement in artistic, dramatic, dance, musical, or athletic performance) to new or continuing students in grades 7, 10 (first year of IGCSE) and Grade 12 (first year of IB). 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 Senior School.

All scholarships are based on a demonstration of financial need.

The number of scholarships and the amount will vary from one year to the next. The School is committed to meeting the maximum possible financial needs of scholars within the limits of the budget.

The Aga Khan Academy Nairobi Senior School 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.