The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi - Nursery School participates in inter-swimming galas, football tournaments, athletic games and various competitions and students are highly recognised for their confidence and the competence level in sports.
An annual sports day is held during the school year where all students participate and showcase their sports skills.
Performing arts are highly encouraged. A whole school musical performance is staged once a year where students are able to bring out their individual talent.
Kindergarten 3 students exhibit and celebrate their achievements during their annual graduation.
The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi - Nursery School held a mini marathon in support of the Mater Heart Run.
The Nursery supports external fundraisers and donates various items such as diapers, tissue rolls, sugar, toys, detergents, dry foods, powder milk, and clothes to various homes and families in need.
The Primary Years Programme believes in continually assessing learning in a variety of ways. Thus student achievement is measured by a student portfolio that shows the various pieces of work the student engages in.
Community service is an integral part of our school ethos. It weaves through our curriculum in the form of 'Action' and through deliberate planning of supporting local community causes such as the Globe Cop Initiative:
The PYP Exhibition represents a significant event in the life of a PYP school and student, synthesizing the essential elements of the PYP and sharing them with the whole school community. As a culminating experience it is an opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the Aga Khan Academy Nairobi Learner Profile that have been developing throughout their engagement with the PYP.
In 2016, the PYP Exhibition was themed “Big Challenges, Bigger Opportunities”. The twelve exhibits created and narrated by the students addressed global concerns in Health, Animal Welfare, Climate Change, and Technology. The varying concepts enabled students to share their knowledge by implementing components of the PYP's essential elements.
Academic achievements are noted throughout the year as students participate in a variety of formative and summative assessment tasks within the class setting. Unit celebrations and projects completed exemplify student performance.
CEM's InCas diagnostic testing and ACER's International Schools' Assessments are school-wide assessments that enable the School to observe levels of progress in specific areas which inform learning and teaching practices. InCas testing supports the individual development of each of student. ISA assessments support individual development against the development of students worldwide.
Each year students at the Junior School participate in various events displaying their skills and talents within The Arts: Visual Arts, Drama and Music.
The Junior School offers a variety of sports for students to participate in school and competitively. The swimming and soccer teams have made notable achievements in local and international tournaments.
The Aga Khan Academy Nairobi football team participated in an international tournament held in Barcelona, Spain.
The senior school at the Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi has an exemplary record of achieving excellent results in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP), sports, Model United Nations (UN), arts and other activities.
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The senior school offers a diverse range of sports including hockey, soccer, cricket, rounders, netball, racquet games, basketball, rugby and swimming. A strong faculty of four qualified teachers, a full-time swimming coach and a life guard, as well as experienced coaches in various sports lead our school teams, enabling them to perform as top contenders against other international schools.
The physical and health education department offers the outdoor pursuit education programme, where students are given opportunities to cover the unit of adventure and develop their approaches to learning (ATL) skills.
Outdoor education also builds students' intellectual, social, emotional and physical wellbeing, by developing the knowledge, skills and values and attitudes needed to manage complexities and take responsibility. Furthermore, various adventure activities empower students to participate in community service, which helps prepare them for further education, the workplace and a lifetime of learning.
The senior school participates in Model United Nations (UN), offering the middle school Model UN for students aged 11 to 14 and the East African Model UN for students aged 14 and above. The Model UN is held at the UN Headquarters in Nairobi and exposes students to global issues and international relations. In the recent past, students have represented UN member countries and international organisations, such as International Monetary Fund and African Union, and have been elected to serve in senior positions within Model UN, including Secretary General, Editor-in-Chief of the Press Corp, Senior Chair and Head Secretary.
Service to others is a key element in the life of an Aga Khan School student. The Middle Years Programme (MYP) and DP of the IB require students to engage in meaningful community service and action, and DP students are also required to participate in creativity, activity and service (CAS) experiences and maintain a CAS portfolio.
The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi's Diploma 1 leadership programme offers students the opportunity to cultivate their personal independence through student-led projects, so as to nurture lifelong learners. The aim of this programme is to help students to develop core communication skills, gain critical thinking skills and shape their entrepreneurial potential. Collaboration, inclusive learning, time management skills and communication are also prioritised in order to achieve set goals.
Students participate in a series of leadership courses and community projects that guide them to be leaders, who can rise up to the challenge of making a difference to the world around them. They are also able refer to the programme during their university applications as it allows them to demonstrate considerable leadership potential and critical thinking.