Kenya, Nairobi: International School of Kenya

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Date: 12/02/2010 Location: Nairobi Description: School collage - State Dept Image






The International School of Kenya is a private, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 13 as well as the International Baccalaureate (IB) program for students of all nationalities. The School was jointly established by the U.S. and Canadian governments in 1976. The school year consists of 2 semesters extending from early August to December and from January to early June.

Organization: The School is governed by a 7-member Board of Governors and a 9-member Board of Directors. Four members of the Board of Directors are elected and 5 are appointed. All 7 members of the Board of Governors are appointed.

Curriculum: The curriculum is basically North American and meets the requirements for entry into U.S. colleges and universities. The program is supplemented by the IB program, which includes a full program of advanced courses. The school testing program includes the College Board tests (PSAT and SAT) and Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills. Instruction is in English. French, Spanish, and Swahili are offered as foreign languages. In 2010, ISK was reaccredited until 2020 by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Council of International Schools.

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 109 faculty members.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 845 (PK-grade 5: 317; grades 6-8; 214; and grades 9-12: 314). 

Facilities: The School is located in a rural area on 50 acres of property approximately 8 miles from Nairobi's city center. Facilities include an Arts Centre, a 547-seat theatre, an amphitheater, library and media center, a gymnasium, 4 fixed and 3 mobile computer laboratories, science laboratories, a student center, a cafeteria, a solar-heated swimming pool, 3 tennis courts, extensive playing fields, classrooms and a multi-sports court and a health office. A new high school complex was built in 2007. Current facilities with a capacity of over 850 students are being replaced in stages between 2011 and 2021, as part of a $29 million Master Plan to create a state-of-the-art campus for up to 1,200 students.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, about 90% of the School's income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $9,950; Kdg.: $16,100; grades 1-5: $17,950; grades 6-8: $18,950; grades 9-10: $19,500; and grades 11-12: $19,900. Bus fees are $1,800. The application fee is $125. There is a one-time capital levy fee $5,750. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

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