Nairobi Education

What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children?
Most expats enroll their children in private international schools. International schools in Kenya generally follow the British school calendar; some follow the American calendar.
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What are some examples of these schools?
Some of Nairobi’s leading international primary and secondary schools are:

British Syllabus

  • Brookhouse School, Langata Road
  • Gems School, Magadi Road
  • Banda School, Magadi Road
  • Hill Crest, Karen
  • Braeburn, Lavington
  • Braeburn, Garden Estate
  • Braeside, Lavington
  • Nairobi International School, Lavington
  • St Austin, Lavington
  • Kenton Preparatory School, Kileleshwa
  • Peponi School, Westlands
  • Potterhouse, Gigiri
  • Oshwal School, Parklands
  • Premiere School, Parklands

American Syllabus

  • International School of Kenya
  • Rosslyn School, Gigiri
  • West Nairobi, Karen

IB Syllabus

  • Aga Khan Academy, Parklands
  • Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa

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Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools?
Yes, it is advised to enquire about a space well in advance for the best private schools.
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Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)?
Yes, please see list above.
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How are most kids transported to and from school?
In general, children are driven to school by their parents.
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When does the typical school year start and end?
Most schools follow the British school calendar: Three terms running from early September to early December, early January to late March, and late April to mid-July.

Three high schools follow the North American school calendar, the first term of which usually begins in late August.
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Is there anything else I should know about local schools?
There are several schools maintained by foreign communities, with classes in their native languages. These include the French, Japanese, Dutch, Danish, German, Norwegian and Swedish schools.
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