Developing critical thinking and analysis is therefore 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 students with the tools they will need to make their way in school, society and an increasingly interdependent world.
Established in 1959 in Old Kampala, the Aga Khan High School's staff and students distinguished themselves under the leadership of the School's first Headmaster, Mr Brendan McCourt. Many talented young men and women have since gone on to key universities and positions internationally, taking with them the skills and confidence nurtured at Uganda's first multi-cultural school.
Between 1972 and 1996, the School was run by the government and renamed Kampala High School. In 1997, management was restored to the Aga Khan Education Service (AKES) in Uganda, with refurbishments completed in 1998.
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 60,000 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.
Students participate in a strong co-curricular programme, which includes athletics, visual arts and performing arts such as music and drama. 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 High School’s ethos nurtures principled individuals who display respect towards diverse cultures and beliefs, enabling them to become responsible, compassionate global citizens.
Facilities include a well-equipped library, an ICT room, science laboratories, sports fields, and an art-room.
Every term, the School’s faculty keeps parents up-to-date on their children’s academic performance and social welfare. Form Tutors update parents of their children’s discipline, attendance and school participation. The School functions in a friendly environment that supports and encourages an ongoing partnership between the School, parents and management.
The School regularly seeks parental co-operation and assistance in promoting a closer relationship between home and school. Parents assist by reviewing the School’s progress through School Development Meetings and by supporting school activities and initiatives, for example, organising social events for students, careers days and sports events.
Our parent orientation programmes give parents and students an opportunity to interact, give feedback and exchange ideas with staff. Parents are encouraged to be involved in the social and emotional development of their child. They contribute actively to the effective functioning of the School.
The Aga Khan High School, has developed a mentorship programme as a way of providing guidance and support to our students. Each candidate student is paired with a teacher mentor of their choice, and as a team they work together to plan a study schedule, set short and long term targets and work towards attaining the best possible.
Our school also has a well-resourced Learning Support Unit that works with ESL / EAL students as well as students who either have learning difficulties, have transferred from different curricula or are IB and IGCSE candidates who need extra support. This support is provided for English, Mathematics and French subjects.