The establishment of international schools in the country dates back to the colonial period. It was the moment when the white settlers set up high-class schools. Upon gaining independence, the schools were opened up to provide education to children of employees working in embassies, and other international organizations in the country.
Kenya has a wide variety of international schools offering a state-of-the-art education to students. The institutions provide formidable training to students. No one is left out when they apply to go to these schools as they follow a strict national curriculum of Germany, USA, France, United Kingdom, Sweden, and the Netherlands.
Below is a list of all IGCSE schools in Kenya Nairobi:
1. Braeburn school
It is a private co-educational international school located in Nairobi Kenya. The school follows a British National Curriculum, and it started its operations in 1979. Since its incorporation, the school has grown to become one of the most renowned groups of international schools in East Africa. The school has over 3,600 students who are between the age of 2-18 years. Braeburn boasts of having 16 schools with nine campuses.
The school is well-equipped with facilities such as a science laboratory, computer lab, sports fields, swimming pool, and a school library. Students who attend the school are modeled to become responsible citizens by participating in co-curricular activities such as the students association, girls, and boy scouts, and their sports team. Others also participate fully in the debate, drama, and music club.
It has also been said to be one of the best performing IGCSE schools in Kenya. The school has set itself apart, and is known for producing some of the most disciplined students in the nation.
2. Brookhouse School
Also known as Brookhouse International School is a multi-faceted institution which admits day and boarding students. Students who come here can start from an early year, preparatory and secondary which follows the British National Curriculum. Students are examined by Cambridge International Examinations (ICE) and Ed-excel Boards.
The school was established in 1981, and it is aimed at developing the intellectual growth of each student to full potential. The school has various facilities like a science laboratory, computer lab, sports field, swimming pool, and school library. They also nurture student’s talent through music, sports, and debates.
3. International School of Kenya
The International School of Kenya (ISK) is an institution for pre-kindergarten to grade 12 located in Nairobi. The school was established in 1976 and has pursued all avenues possible to offer the students with quality education. Before constructing the school on the 25-hectare piece of land, it used to be a coffee plantation.
Students who attend this school have the option of studying an International Baccalaureate diploma or North American high school diploma. The MSA has accredited ISK, and it is one of the largest IGCSE schools in Nairobi Kenya. The institution is also a member of the Association of International schools in Africa (AISA). It is also in the Round Square and The Council of International Schools.
International School of Kenya has adequate facilities to cater to the needs of each of its students while helping them soar to great heights.
International School of Kenya (ISK) is the most expensive IGCSE secondary schools in Kenya. For a child to study in this school comfortably, a parent will part with a whooping Kshs.2.7 million a year. Paying this amount of fees makes it an exclusive institution for expatriates and wealthy Kenyans.
4. Hillcrest International School
Hillcrest International school has asserted itself for prosperity of students who go through their system. Not only do they come out as valuable members of the community globally, but they also become inspired. The school started with their preparatory kindergarten which was established in 1965 by long-term serving government employee Frank Thompson and educationalist Dorothy Noad.
It is one of the top IGCSE schools in Kenya that managed to expand from just a nursery to a secondary school. It is a member of the IAPS, which enabled it to be part of the conglomerate of British Curriculum worldwide.
5. Peponi School
The school occupies 45-acre piece of land and was founded in 1989. The co-educational institution is English language independent. At the age of 16 years, students sit for their school leaving examination.
6. Svenska Skolan I Nairobi
Most students learning at this institution are from the Scandinavian countries. The school provides both primary and secondary students with lesson. Svenska has teachers who can teach in Norwegian, Finnish, Danish, and Swedish.
7. Nairobi Japanese School
The school offers curriculum in the Japanese language. Their curriculum has been approved by the government of Japan.
8. Rosslyn Academy
The private Christian school was established to offer a North American curriculum to children of expatriates in the country. Rosslyn Academy has classes from pre-school to the twelfth grade. Before, a majority of its students transferred to the Rift Valley Academy when they reached the ninth grade.
The IGCSE schools in Kenya has gone a notch higher with its education system, and now offers courses in social sciences literature, mathematics, language, and natural sciences. Advanced Placement (AP) courses such foreign language, physics, and biology are also taught.
9. Deutsche Schule Nairobi/German School Nairobi (DSN)
The school caters to the needs of children for German expatriates living in Kenya. Its curriculum follows the German system of education “Kultusministerkonferenz-KMK (The standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Lander in the Federal Republic of Germany)
It is one of the schools offering IGCSE system in Kenya with a difference. Once a student reaches class eight, they are taught geography in English. History on the other hand is taught bilingually (German/English) when students get to class 9.Apart from taking off from school on the 3rd of October for Day of Germany Unity. They also observe all the Kenyan National holidays.
10. Lycee Denis Diderot
The school focuses on following the French system of eductoon with their lessons being taught in French. Lycee operates under the rules set by the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, in conjunction with Agency for the Teaching of French Abroad (AEFE)
11. Rusinga School
The Christian faith-based private IGCSE schools in Kenya follow a British National Curriculum. Students study the national curriculum set for the Kenyan market up to year 9. When they reach year 10 and 11, they change to an IGCSE curriculum from the University of Cambridge.
12. GEMS Cambridge International School
The school is an English-speaking institution and provides lessons from foundation stage to Year 13. Like all other international schools in Kenya, they attend school in Uniform. GEMS Cambridge offers British-style, IGCSE exams and A-level for their graduates.
13. Pembroke House School
Founded in 1927, the school follows a British Common Entrance (BCE) curriculum. It is one of the oldest international schools in Kenya having, educated boys and girls for over 85 years. Upon its establishment, the school was for white aristocracy considering most of the white settlers stayed around Naivasha. The school was named Pembroke after the name of the founder’s college, Harold Turner, found in Cambridge. The school has managed to stand out because of providing exceptional preparatory education to students.
Pembroke house has also managed to maintain excellent academic standards, financial and moral standards towards the upbringing of students who go there for their studies.
14. Greensteds School
Situated 17 kilometers on the south of Nakuru town, the school was began in 1936 on a 50-acre piece of land. Greensteds school offer both A-levels and IGCSE English curriculum with subjects in arts ranging from sciences, mathematics, and French as a second language.
Greensteds is co-educational boarding and day school with their top-grade curriculum adapted from England.
15. St. Andrews School Turi
Having pursued all avenues to emerge as the leader of all IGCSE schools in Kenya, it has so much to boast about. Initially, it had 15 students when Jean Lavers founded it. However, in the second term, it recorded a total of 22 students before Peter, and Jean Lavers took over the school in 1931. Since its inception, the school has expanded into a boarding school offering top-tier education. Students who study in this school are from East Africa and beyond, making it one of the much-sought-after international schools. Initially, it started as a preparatory school for children between the age of 5 to 13 years. In 1988, the senior part of the school was created and a college in 2010.
Presently, St. Andrews Turi around 600 students from the age of 5 to 18 years. The school was incorporated to cater for children of settlers in the Highland regions of Kenya. It is also a member of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools.
Kenyans are known to have peculiar habits, and it is indeed a wonder as to how they have maintained the concentration of preparatory schools in the country.
Well, there are also other top performing IGCSE Schools in Kisumu. Below is the list of International Schools located in Kisumu
16. Braeburn Kisumu International School
Braeburn Kisumu International School (BKIS) is a co-educational institution. Students who attend the school range from age 2-16 years. The group is a member of the Braeburn International group of schools. It follows the Wale and England National curriculum.
17. Blenheim High School
Another upcoming IGCSE curriculum schools in Kenya is Blenheim School. It was established in 2009 after going into partnership with Kisumu day high school. The prtanership has helped students from both schools to be well versed with each other’s culture.
IGCSE schools are not only considered as the best learning institutions but they also provide integrated learning. They capture necessary aspects that are essential for today’s job market such as problem solving, critical thinking, and leadership skills.
Although they are expensive, most diplomatic and multinational agencies are in charge of covering the education expenses for foreign workers.