With beautiful countries, diverse cities and rich national history and many cultures, it is easy to see an expat health appeal in Kenya. The migrant Kenyan society has been around since colonial times, so although there are cultural differences, integration is seamless.
Kenya has one of the largest economies in East and Central Africa, and it is often regarded as one of the fastest growing economies on the continent. This has seen rapid change in doctrine, especially in Nairobi.
Many Kenyan natives have observed that international schools are designed for foreign children only. Enrolling a child in an international school is also considered by many to be very expensive. But with the growing number of middle-class families in Nairobi, this is no longer the case. In most of the city’s schools, Kenyan national students are equal or more numerous than those of other nationalities.
There is another major factor in the rise of Kenyan students attending international schools; Teachers’ strikes. Several years ago, teachers at Kenya’s national schools protested against poor pay, delay in promotions and poor working conditions, among other things. This has led to strikes and school closures several times over the past decade, sometimes for weeks at a time.
With schools all over Kenya being run by private individuals, and strikes and conflicts are rare or nonexistent, some parents in Nairobi who want a stable, consistent and high-quality education for their children may consider studying abroad.
British and international courses are very common in Nairobi international international schools. Other courses offered include German, French, American and Dutch.
The majority of Kenyans (another 85%) identify themselves as Christians, and the majority of its international schools follow Christian practices. Religious teachings are incorporated into everyday school life in a variety of ways. However, in most cases there is no need for a self-taught Christian to attend these schools.
While there are a decent number of international schools in Nairobi, the choice is not endless. And with increasing demand from locals and exits, the waiting list is becoming more and more common. You must apply before the transfer to Nairobi if possible – 12 months or more.
You will find most of the overseas schools in Nairobi at the two most famous expat sites; Karen and Westlands. Westlands resides in many embassies and at the United Nations Headquarters in Africa. Karen is the epitome of ‘leafy city’, with its streets and mansions.
Below, we have compiled our top ten international schools in Nairobi. However, there are 31 other schools to choose from in the city. You can get the best foreign school for your child by making your results your own. Just fill in your search terms, and we will calculate your points in all international schools in Nairobi according to your needs.
1. Hillcrest International School
The school is based on strong values. The environment is friendly for all learners from diverse origins.
The school offers the British curriculum with English as the mode of instructions. The school admits children starting from the age of two years to 18 years.
The school fees per year rranges from Ksh. 665,550- Ksh. 2,175,000.
2. Kenton College Preparatory School
This school offers first class education which puts emphasis on manners and values.
The school is run on the British curriculum with English being the mode of instructions. The school admits children from the age of 6 years to 13 years.
The children pays a schools fees of Ksh. 1,921,500 per year for the year 2020/2021 financial year.
3. The Banda School
This is a preparatory school that offers a British curriculum. This school is aimed at providing a broad and Balanced educational experience that ensures holistic development of the child.
The school charges a school fees of between Ksh. 195,000 – Ksh. 1,935,000 per year as per the year 2020/2021 financial year.
4. Germany School Nairobi
This school offers the Germany curriculum and the language of instructions is English and German.
The school admits students from the age of one year to 18 years.
The school charges a school fees of between Ksh. 864,556- Ksh. 1,650,456 per year.
5. Rusinga School
This schools offers a British Christian National curriculum and its a christian day school.
They used English as the instructional language. Children between the age of one year and 18 years can be admitted in this school.
The school fees ranges from Ksh. 222,000- Ksh. 994000 per year.
6. Peponi House
This school is built on a strong foundation and encourages self respect and that of others. The school offers British Christian curriculum and their instructional language is English.
This school admits children from the age of 6 years to 13 years. The school fees for this school is not clearly known but can not be less than Ksh. 750,000.
7. Woodland Star International School
This school offers an international curriculum and they use English as the the mode of communication and instruction.
It admits children from the age of 2 years to 16 years. The school charges a school fees of Ksh. 851,200 – Ksh. 1,552,792 per year.
8. Woodcreek School
This school offers the British curriculum and uses English as the the mode of communication. It admits children right from the age of 2 years to 18 years.
The school charges the school fees of between Ksh. 279,000 – Ksh. 1,215,000
9. Millenium Global School
The school offers the British curriculum and the mode of instructions is English. The age of admission is between 3 years to 18 years.
10. Svenska Skolan I Nairobi
This school offers education in preschool, elementary and high school students. The school offers the Swedish curriculum and the mode if instruction is English.
The school admits students between the age of 3- 18 years. The school fees in this prestigious school is between Ksh. 713,491 – Ksh. 1,367,491 per year.