The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi

AKES and The International Baccalaureate® aim to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.


The curriculum offered by the Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi is comprised of the International Baccalaureate Curriculum, used by over 5,500 schools globally.

The three programmes offered at the Academy, the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP), the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP), form a coherent educational experience by promoting the education of the whole person through an emphasis on intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth. Aga Khan Schools and the International Baccalaureate® aim to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people, who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) (ages 3 to 11)

Starting from K1-K3 (nursery level) to Grades 1-5, the IB PYP focuses on the development of the whole child in the classroom and the world outside. It develops concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes and actions through six trans-disciplinary themes in six subject areas: language, mathematics, social studies, arts, sciences and personal, social and physical education. This pedagogy uses inquiry in a trans-disciplinary framework to enable children to obtain a holistic perspective of the world.

The Middle Years Programme (MYP) at Grades 6-10 (ages 11 to 16)

The school provides an IB MYP framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The IB MYP emphasises intellectual challenge and encourages students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. Learning in the IB MYP fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement, which are seen as essential qualities for young people to become global or local leaders. The programme builds on knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in the IB PYP and prepares students to meet the academic challenges of the IB DP.

The IB MYP focuses on eight topics: language acquisition, language and literature, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical and health education and design. These disciplines are taught in a holistic and interdisciplinary manner using concepts (what we are learning) and global contexts (why we are learning). Key concepts are broad, organising powerful ideas that transcend subject groups and facilitate connections with other subjects. Global contexts aim to develop international-mindedness, making learning relevant and enabling students to develop values and competencies that are necessary for global engagement.

The IB MYP helps students to develop their personal understanding and emerging sense of self and responsibility in their community through a curriculum that focuses on teaching and learning in context, conceptual understanding, approaches to learning (ATL), service as action (SA) and language and identity.

Our students also complete a personal project in MYP5, where they produce a truly personal and creative piece of work that stands as summative evidence of their ability to conduct independent work.

The Diploma Programme (DP) at Grades 11-12 (ages 16 to 19)

Upon completion of the IB MYP, students can apply to enter the internationally acclaimed IB DP. The IB DP is designed as an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, normally aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. The programme is normally taught over two years and has gained recognition and respect from the world's leading universities.

IB DP students take three subjects at higher level (HL) and three subjects at standard level (SL) and complete three core requirements: a 4,000 word essay based on independent research, a presentation on the Theory of Knowledge and Creativity and Service activities over the two years. Subjects must be chosen from each of groups 1 to 6 in the admissions section.

Students who wish to reduce the number of subjects studied can pursue creative, athletic or vocational-related interests, whilst studying three to five DP subjects alongside the IB DP Candidates. In such cases, students complete their studies as IB Course Candidates and graduate with the Academy's High School Diploma.

Underlying the three programmes is the Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi's Learner Profile, inspired by the IB Learner Profile, which celebrates 12 attributes valued by us as an IB World School. These attributes describe our students as individuals and as responsible members of a global community who strive to be:

  • Open-minded
  • Balanced
  • Inquirers
  • Principled
  • Caring
  • Communicators
  • Risk-Takers
  • Reflective
  • Knowledgeable
  • Leaders
  • Stewards
  • Thinker