The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi

The Aga Khan Academy is authorized to implement the Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programs


The Academy strives to create a harmonious balance between academic demands, sporting and cultural activities and community life. Our students learn to be knowledgeable, open-minded thinkers, inquirers, principled, risk-takers, well-balanced, and caring. They are prepared for life.

Introduction

Established in 1970, the Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi is a private, co-educational school situated in pleasant surroundings in the Parklands suburb of Nairobi.

The Aga Khan Academy is one of the leading schools in Kenya offering the International Baccalaureate curriculum (IB), and authorized to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP). With over 1000 students, it is a multi-cultural school with many nationalities and cultures represented at any given time.

The Academy strives to create a harmonious balance between academic demands, sporting and cultural activities and community life. Our students learn to be knowledgeable, open-minded thinkers, inquirers, principled, risk-takers, well-balanced, and caring. They are prepared for life.

The School is a community of life-long learners of students, teachers and parents with the goal of developing an ethical, pluralistic global community with a social conscience. It develops homegrown leaders with ethical foundations based on spirituality, and desire and ability to create positive change in the world.

The three schools of the Aga Khan Academy Nairobi work together to develop the IB learner profile beginning with an inquiry-based approach in the Early Years Primary Years Programme (PYP) at The Nursery School, followed by the Primary Years Programme (PYP) at the Junior School for grades 1-6. Students continue in the Senior School, enrolling in the Middle Years Programme of studies (MYP) for grades 7-11. The Senior School blends the syllabus of the Cambridge IGCSE in grades 10 and 11 to enable students to obtain the IGCSE certificate. Upon completion of the IGCSE programme, students enter the Diploma Programme (DP) for their final two years of study in the Senior School.

Students participate in a strong co-curricular programme, which includes athletics, visual arts and performing arts such as music and drama. In the Senior School, students may also enroll in Film Studies. 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 Academy's ethos nurtures principled individuals who display respect towards diverse cultures and beliefs, enabling them to become responsible, compassionate global citizens.

Facilities include well-equipped libraries for each school, ICT rooms with SMART-Boards, swimming pools, science laboratories, sports fields, art-rooms, a drama and film studio.

The IB curriculum enables students to learn using an inter-disciplinary approach and to develop critical thinking, creativity and international-mindedness—identified by leading educators globally as some of the critical skills for the 21st Century.


Outstanding Faculty

The Aga Khan Academy faculty is of the highest caliber and reflects the school's cultural diversity. All teachers have internationally recognized qualifications and together they bring a wealth of educational expertise and international experience to the school.

  • The Aga Khan Academy has internationally trained teachers to provide the IB curriculum
  • 16 are IB examiners in the Senior School and 11 are certified IB workshop leaders in the Nursery, Junior and Senior Schools combined
  • All teachers have attended regional IB workshops in the Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma programmes

Results Oriented

The Aga Khan Academy provides an outstanding academic education and enables students to obtain the best results. Although the Nursery School does not have a grading system, it typically holds an annual graduation and exhibition celebrating the completion of the Early Years in the PYP. The Junior School has obtained above global average results in the International Student Assessment by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). Over the past four years, the Senior School has consistently earned between 32-34 points, scoring well above the world mean.

Excellent University Admission

The Academy offers an international curriculum leading to the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) administered from the Cambridge University. Graduates from The Aga Khan Academy gain admission to top universities globally.

Aga Khan Education Service Kenya (AKESK)

The Aga Khan Academy Nairobi is operated by Aga Khan Education Service Kenya (AKESK), a non-profit organization, nearing 100 years experience operating schools in Kenya.

Our first formal schools were opened in 1918, and AKESK currently operates schools in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and Eldoret, serving close to 5,500 students with a quality, affordable education.

AKES has a long tradition of leadership in educational development. The foundations of the present system were laid by Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah, Aga Khan III, under whose guidance over 200 schools were established during the first half of the 20th century, the first of them in 1905 in Zanzibar, Gwadar in Pakistan and Mundra in India. Since the creation of Aga Khan Education Service companies in the 1970s, the Schools have been centrally administered and managed.

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 75,000 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.

The Aga Khan Schools strive to create a harmonious balance between academic demands, sporting and cultural activities and community life. It challenges its pupils to be intellectually inquisitive and socially conscious. The School believes that while what students know is important, the true measure of a student's education is the ability to analyse what they do not know.

Developing critical thinking and analysis is therefore at the core of the AKES schools. Our Schools also encourage students to respect and appreciate other people's cultures, social structures, values and beliefs. Taken together, these objectives are designed to help equip children with the tools they will need to make their way in school, society and an increasingly interdependent world.

Alumni

Alumni are encouraged to keep in touch with their Alma Mater School either directly or through the AKESK Central Office.

For questions and general information, please send an e-mail.

Nursery School

The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi (AKAN) is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. The nursery offers a quality early years international education from a pleasant campus in the neighbourhood of the National Museum.

The nursery serves 250 students from international and multi-cultural communities and provides a secure learning environment, where each child is valued and respected. There are stimulating and inspiring opportunities for all children to learn collaboratively and independently, through exploration and active interaction with the environment.

The nursery's mission is to provide a well-balanced foundation in early childhood education, with the aim of preparing learners to face challenges successfully, take advantage of opportunities that will be encountered in their next level of education and participate actively in building a responsible society.

The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) provides a holistic education and facilitates learning inside and outside the classroom. Learners develop through inquiring, becoming knowledgeable and growing into caring young people, who are motivated to succeed and take on responsibility for themselves and others. The programmes gives young children distinct advantages by building their critical thinking skills, nurturing their curiosity and enhancing their ability to problem solve.

Learners are empowered to take on responsibility for and ownership of their learning, by learning through inquiry and reflecting on their learning. Our students not only develop profound knowledge, deep conceptual understanding and wide-ranging skills, but also the attributes of the IB learner profile. This enables them to make a difference in their own lives, within their community and beyond. Our learners also make sense of everything around them through observation, asking questions, investigating and interacting. The school's child-centred, holistic approach to learning enhances each student's growth socially, emotionally, spiritually and physically, thereby affirming our school's motto "Our children can".

Play is essential for our students to discover and explore and allows them to demonstrate imagination and creativity. Through play, students learn to face new challenges confidently and take control of their learning. The curriculum framework emphasises the central principle of agency, which underpins the three pillars of school life –the learner, learning and teaching and the learning community.

The school offers:

  • Well-resourced classrooms to support learning, teaching and student wellbeing
  • Staff who are committed and highly-qualified early years educators
  • Extracurricular activities ranging from Taekwondo and skating to London School of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) programmes and horse riding
  • A well-resourced library
  • Safe, stimulating outdoor and play areas
  • Specialised facilities for arts and sports
  • A school garden
  • A heated, age-appropriate swimming pool with a qualified instructor
  • Learning support that caters for students with diverse learning needs
  • Continuation of the PYP offered at the junior school of AKAN from Grade 1

Junior School

The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi - Junior School, is an authorized PYP school offering the best in international education at a pleasant campus in the Parklands suburb of Nairobi.

The School accommodates approximately 350 students from international and multi-cultural communities. The School is open to all students and does not discriminate in admissions on nationality, ethnic origin or religion . It is operated by the Aga Khan Education Service, Kenya (AKES, K).

The Junior School offers the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate (IB). The focus of the programme, designed for students aged 3 to 12, is on the development of the whole child in the classroom and in the world, building on the philosophy of international-mindedness. It draws on research and best practices to create an engaging and challenging education programme for our student population.

The Junior School strives to create a harmonious balance between academic demands, sporting and cultural activities and community life. It challenges its students to be intellectually inquisitive and socially conscious.

Developing critical thinking and inquiry is 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 children with the tools they will need to make their way in school, society and an increasingly interdependent world.

School Philosophy

The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi - Junior School works to provide children with equal opportunities to excel academically and socially. The School is committed to providing the environment, resources and programmes that will create opportunities for optimizing the students' academic, social, leadership and personal growth. The School is also a community in which students, parents and staff work together to create a happy and caring environment.

The Junior School offers:

  • An Internationally recognized curriculum in the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate.
  • Attractive well-resourced classrooms designed to facilitate school aims.
  • Highly qualified teachers who are committed to their students.
  • A well-resourced library.
  • A truly multi-cultural environment with students and faculty from several different countries.
  • A Learning Support Unit that caters for students with learning difficulties.
  • A balanced Physical Education programme.
  • A commitment to the Arts, with yearly musical productions, outreach programmes with school choir, and many other music and drama exhibitions.
  • A vast array of extra-curricular activities ranging from archery, rock climbing, golf, horse riding, to charity clubs, cookery and arts and crafts.
  • Opportunities to participate in international sporting tournaments.
  • Preparation for the Middle Years Programme (MYP) offered at the Senior School.

Senior School

Established in 1970, the Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi is a private, co-educational K-12 school situated in pleasant surroundings in the Parklands suburb of Nairobi.

The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, operated by the Aga Khan Education Service, Kenya (AKES, K).

It offers a broad programme of education that combines a rigorous academic focus with a wide range of athletic and enrichment activities. The senior school offers the IB Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) for students in Grades 6 to 10 and the IB Diploma Programme (IB DP) for students in Grades 11 and 12.

The senior school serves approximately 520 students from international and multi-cultural communities.

The school is open to all students and does not discriminate by nationality, ethnic origin or religion.

Every year, over 90% of our graduating IB DP students earn placements in top Kenyan and international universities, including those in Canada, the UK and the USA, for example:

  • Canada: McGill University, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo and Western University
  • UK: London School of Economics, The University of Manchester, University of Nottingham, University of Oxford, University of Reading and University of Warwick
  • USA: Brown University, New York University and Vassar College

Our students are also recipients of scholarships awarded by many of these international universities.

In line with the Academy's mission and the IB philosophy of holistic education, we expect all students to always seek to fulfil their potential and strive towards excellence in their academic studies and additional activities, such as sports, arts, community service and other engagements outside the classroom. These all help to build personal qualities and competencies needed to succeed in a competitive and ever-changing world, including:

  • Critical and creative thinking skills
  • Approaches to learning skills that prepare students effectively for university and lifelong learning
  • A multi-disciplinary approach to learning that is representative of the real world
  • A balanced approach to life
  • An open-minded and principled outlook leading to the development of pluralism and ethics
  • An ability to conduct independent study and research
  • A strong sense of responsibility and stewardship

A senior school student at the Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi is:

  • Preparing to succeed in life
  • Developing international-mindedness and an awareness for and appreciation of local and global cultures
  • Gaining the ability to work successfully with a diversity of people
  • Preparing to effectively lead and cooperate, employing a universal ethical sensibility founded in spirituality

The balance between the academic and co-curricular and emphasis on the physical, cognitive and emotional development of our students, are core focuses of the school.

Contact Us

The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi - Nursery School
1st Parklands Avenue, off Limuru Road
Nairobi
KENYA

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 14998-00800
Nairobi
KENYA

Phone: +254 717 574 489 / +254 770 216 410
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The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi - Junior School
1st Parklands Avenue, off Limuru Road
Nairobi
KENYA

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 44424-00100
Nairobi
KENYA

Phone: +254 0733758510
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The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi - Senior School
1st Parklands Avenue, off Limuru Road
Nairobi
KENYA

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 44424-00100
Nairobi
KENYA

Phone: +254 736 380 101
[ Send an e-mail ]