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International schools in Kenya

Search for the best international schools in Kenya; you can find a list of selected schools at the bottom of this page. Use the search filters to select only girls' or boys' schools, prep schools, senior schools or sixth forms; or you can search for schools that offer a particular curriculum, such as the International Baccalaureate, the UK national curriculum, a US-style model or the International Primary Curriculum.

Kenya has a well-established private, international sector serving both expatriates and local elites, with schools clustered around Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru and Kisumu. The vast majority teach in English and offer a British curriculum but International Baccalaureate programmes are increasingly popular. 

Many private schools offer boarding education and some have religious foundations, while French, German, Japanese and Swedish schools can be found in Nairobi, which has a large expat community. There are six IB World Schools in Kenya, which all teach in English, while five are authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma.  

Three IB programmes are taught by the prestigious Aga Khan Academy schools in Nairobi and Mombasa, while Braeburn Garden Estate School, which is part of the home-grown Braeburn education group, offers the IB Diploma alongside A-levels.

The group runs seven schools in Kenya, of which four are based in and around Nairobi, with the others in Mombasa, Kisumu and Nanyuki. The schools follow the English national curriculum leading to A-levels and IGCSEs and two of them offer weekly boarding.

Hillcrest International Schools run a kindergarten, a preparatory school and a secondary school in Nairobi that provide a British-style education leading to IGCSEs and A-levels. Boarding is offered at secondary level.

Nairobi’s through-train, coeducational, day and boarding school Brookhouse Karen, which offers the English national curriculum leading to IGCSEs and A-levels, opened a day school for children aged one to 13 called Brookhouse Runda in September 2017.

Dubai-based GEMS Education group also provides coeducational day and boarding education in Kenya. GEMS Cambridge International School – Nairobi, which is designed for children aged two to 18, follows the English national curriculum leading to IGCSEs.

Education is compulsory for 12 years from age six to 17 and free in state schools. Children normally attend one year of nursery school before starting primary school, which is divided into lower and upper levels, each lasting four years. In the final year, pupils take the primary school leaving exam, which is used to allocate places at selective secondary schools. 

State secondary schools are divided into national, provincial and district levels,with national schools taking pupils with the highest scores. After four years’ of secondary education, students take the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education. Matriculation is based on students’ eight best scores. Kenya has 48 universities, of which 22 are private.  

In 2012, net enrolment was 85 per cent in primary schools and 57 per cent in secondary schools, while gross tertiary enrolment was four per cent in 2009. The school year runs from January to November. Parents are advised to check schools’ accreditation arrangements. 

If you are looking specifically for IB World Schools in Kenya, you can find selected schools on our sister website: www.ibyb.org.





Hillcrest Preparatory School

Langata Road,
Karen,
Nairobi,
Kenya

www.hillcrest.ac.ke

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

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Hillcrest Secondary School

PO Box 24819 -00502 Karen,
Langata Rd,
Nairobi,
Kenya

www.hillcrest.ac.ke

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

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Aga Khan Academy Mombasa

PO Box 80100-90066,
Mbuyuni Road, Kizingo,
Mombasa,
Kenya

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Braeburn Garden Estate School

PO Box 16944,
00620 Mobil Plaza,
Nairobi,
Kenya

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

Braeburn Imani International School

PO Box 750,
00100 Thika,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Braeburn Kisumu International School

PO Box 1276,
40100 Kisumu,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Braeburn Mombasa International School

PO Box 83009,
80100 Mombasa,
Kenya

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Braeburn Nanyuki International School

PO Box 1537,
10400 Nanyuki,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day.

Braeburn School

PO Box 45112,
00100 Nairobi,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Braeside School

PO Box 25578,
00603 Nairobi,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior.

Brookhouse Karen

Magadi Road,
Langata,
Nairobi,
00502,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Brookhouse Runda

Runda,
PO Box 24987,
Nairobi,
00502,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day.

Brookhouse School

PO Box 24987,
Nairobi,
00502,
Kenya

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Cavina School

PO Box 43090,
Nairobi,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Coast Academy

PO Box 82988,
Mombasa,
Kenya

Co-educational, , Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

GEMS Cambridge International School - Nairobi

Magadi Road,
Karen/Langata,
Nairobi,
00509,
Kenya

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

German School Nairobi (Michael Grzimek Schule)

Limuru Road, opposite Village Market,
P.O. Box 978,
00621 Nairobi,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day.

Greensteds International School

Private Bag,
Nakuru,
Kenya

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

International School of Kenya

End of Peponi Road/Kirawa Road,
PO Box 14103,
Nairobi,
00800,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Kenton College Preparatory School

PO Box 25406 - 00603,
Lavington,
Nairobi,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Light Academy Schools

PO BOX 13413,
Nairobi 00100,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day.

Light International School (LIS) Mombasa

Off Greenwood Drive,
Nyali,
PO Box 1835,
80100,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day, Senior.

Lycee Denis Diderot

PO Box 47525,
Nairobi,
100,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory, Senior.

Mombasa Academy

Sea-view Road - Nyali,
P.O. Box 86487-80100,
Mombasa,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Mustard Seed Schools

PO Box 16105-20100,
Nakuru,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day, Senior.

Nairobi Academy Secondary School

PO Box 24817-00502,
Nairobi,
Kenya

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

Nairobi Jaffery Academy

Jaffery Islamic Centre, El Molo Drive,
off James Gichuru Road,
Opposite Shell Petrol Station,
603,
Kenya

Co-educational, , Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Naisula School

P O Box 41,
Nairobi-Namanga Road,
01100 Kajiado,
Kenya

Co-educational, Boarding.

Oshwal Academy Nairobi Junior High

1st Parklands Avenue,
Nairobi,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day, Senior.

Oshwal Academy Nairobi Senior HIgh

PO Box 1130 00606,
Sarit Centre,
Nairobi,
Kenya

Co-educational, , Senior.

Pembroke House School

PO Box 31,
20116 Gilgil,
Kenya

Co-educational, Boarding, Preparatory.

Peponi House Preparatory School

PO Box 23203,
Lower Kabete,
Nairobi 00604,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory.

Peponi School

Box 236,
Ruiru,
Kenya

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

Premier Academy

PO Box 39513,
Nairobi,
623,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day, Senior.

Rift Valley Academy

PO Box 80,
Kijabe,
220,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory, Senior.

Roslyn Academy

PO Box 14146-00800,
Nairobi,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day.

Rosslyn Academy

PO Box 14146,
Nairobi,
00800,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Rusinga Schools

PO Box 25088-00603,
Lavington,
Nairobi,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory, Senior.

SABIS International School - Runda

Situated off Kiambu Road,
after the Northern Bypass Underpass,
Runda,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day.

Sandpiper's Preparatory School

PO Box 1188,
Malindi,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

St Andrew's Prep School

Private Bag,
Molo,
20106,
Kenya

Co-educational, Boarding, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

St Andrew's Senior School

Private Bag,
Molo,
20106,
Kenya

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

St Austin's Academy

PO Box 25138,
James Gichuru Road,
Lavington,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day, Senior.

St Christopher's Secondary School

PO Box 21378,
Nairobi,
505,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day, Senior.

St Mary's School

PO Box 40580,
Rhapta Road,
Nairobi,
00100,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day.

The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi

1st Avenue Parklands,
PO Box 44424-00100,
Nairobi,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

The Aga Khan Nursery School, Nairobi

PO Box 14998,
Nairobi,
00800,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day.

The Banda School

PO Box 24722,
Nairobi 00502,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Tigoni Academy

Box Box 999,
Limuru,
Kenya

Girls, Boarding, Day, Senior.

West Nairobi School

P.O. Box 1333,
Karen 00502,
Kenya

Co-educational, Day.