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The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi

The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi

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

Junior: +254 0733 758 510, Senior: +254

infos@akesk.org; infoj@akesk.org


The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi
School type Coeducational Day
Founded 1970
Status Private
Head of Senior School Jerri-Lynn Hainstock
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 3-19
Number of pupils 1,020
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP, IBMYP, IBPYP
Diploma Coordinator Mr. William Wanyonyi
MYP Coordinator Ms. Julliet Kithinji
PYP Coordinator Ms. Ashifa Patni
Associations IB

Established in 1970, The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi is a private, co-educational school located in the Parklands suburb of Nairobi, Kenya. The Nursery School is located on a separate campus on Kipande Road About, at the bottom of Museum Hill in Nairobi.

Together, our Schools have an enrollment of over 1,000 students and are authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate, Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme.

School Overview

The Aga Khan Academy is one of few schools in Kenya offering the International Baccalaureate Programme of studies, and is one of the two schools in Kenya authorized to offer three components of the IB programme - the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP).

The Aga Khan Academy, in keeping with the IB philosophy, 'touches hearts as well as minds'. Our students learn to be knowledgeable, open-minded thinkers, inquirers, principled, risk takers, well-balanced, and caring. They are prepared for life.

Mission statement

Enable many generations of students to acquire both the knowledge and the essential spiritual wisdom needed to balance that knowledge and enable their lives to attain the highest fulfillment.

Exam Results

The Aga Khan Academy provides an outstanding academic education and enables students to obtain the best results. Although the Nursery School does not have a grading system, it typically holds an annual graduation and exhibition celebrating the completion of the Early Years PYP. The Junior School has obtained above global average results in the International Student Assessment by ACER.

In the year 2018, the senior school had a mean of 33 points of the diploma with a cohort of 58 candidates. Out of this, 96% of the candidates achieved the diploma with top candidate scoring 40 points out of 45 points.

Relevant Curriculum

The IB curriculum enables students to learn using a transdisciplinary and an interdisciplinary approach and to develop critical thinking, creativity and international-mindedness - identified by leading educators globally as some of the necessary skills for the 21st Century learning.

All three schools of The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi work together to develop the IB learner profile beginning with an inquiry-based, Early Years Primary Years Programme (PYP) at the Nursery School, followed by the Primary Years Programme (PYP) at the Junior School for grades 1-5. Students continue in the Senior School, enrolling in the Middle Years Programme of studies (MYP) for grades 6-10. Upon completion of the MYP programme, students enter the Diploma Programme (DP) for their final two years of study in the Senior School.


Admission is based primarily on merit determined by a wide range of criteria, including academic strengths and overall potential.

Our curriculum combines academic excellence with athletics and visual performing arts programmes.

Innovative Education

The Aga Khan Academy Nairobi continues to innovate and refine its programme to ensure a contemporary, relevant education is provided to students. Some recent introductions include:

  • Robotics in grades 7-9
  • Student Leadership programmes
  • Film studies in grades 10 and diploma

Excellent University Admissions

Graduates from the Aga Khan Academy gain admission to the top universities globally.

Outstanding Faculty

The Aga Khan Academy faculty are of the highest caliber and reflect the school's cultural diversity. All teachers have internationally recognized qualifications and together bring a wealth of educational expertise and international experience to the school.

Examinations offered

IB Diploma Programme (IB DP)


ICT resource centres, film studio, music rooms, art rooms, science labs, well-resourced libraries, wireless connectivity and ebeams in some classes.