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Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 2 to 13
Yearly fees: Not public
Reviews: 4.7
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 23 students / class
Maximum 25 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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This school does not make their fees public for the academic year 2023/2024.

Address: Kilimani Nairobi Kenya
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students


Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English


Additional language classes offered by the school

French, Latin

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes, only in pre-prep unit.

Use of technology in the classroom

Most lessons, except for ICT, are taught traditionally. Teachers have access to televisions, projectors and eBeam technology if required. Audio material, online resources and specialized online learning applications are used for language instruction.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

Yes. Christian (protestant)

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

Cavina welcomes children of all faiths and backgrounds. Parents should understand, however, that all children are required to attend morning chapel services regardless of their religious background.

External examinations or assessments available

The Common Entrance (set by the Independent Schools Examinations Board)

Results in these examinations

95% A*-C; 100% of candidates have passed their Common Entrance over the past 20 years

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

Years 5 to 8: 1 hour a night Mon-Fri; Years 2 to 4: 30 minutes a night Mon-Fri

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

We are a preparatory school. Children leave at the age of 13. All pupils then continue with their secondary education elsewhere.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

On a limited basis.

Learning support offered

Specialized staff can be arranged to shadow pupils with significant learning disabilities in the pre-prep unit only.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

The Common Entrance allows brighter pupils to sit higher level academic levels and our teachers employ differentiation in the classroom and, if required, free one-on-one extra teaching in certain subjects. Pupils are encouraged to pursue their talents, whether in music, sport or drama and instruction in all these is available. Last year 55% of graduating pupils won a scholarship to their chosen secondary school. Scholarships were given for academics, sport and music.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes -- if necessary and following consultations between teachers, parents and the school's headmaster.

Entry evaluation for students


Brief description of entry evaluation required

A brief oral and written assessment is required for pupils entering the school from the age of five and above. This mainly involves Mathematics and English.

Waiting list


Deadline for registration (new academic year)

February 28th

Students can join after academic year begins

Only in exceptional circumstances.

School start time

7.30am - 8.15am (depending on year)

School finish time

1230pm - 4pm (depending on year)

Supervised care before/after school

If enrolled in an activity such as swimming or music.

School bus service available


School provided lunches


Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

A vegetarian option is available on a daily basis.

Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

adventure, badminton, ballet, ceramics, debating, discussion and current affairs groups, drama, fencing, general knowledge, horse-riding, jewelry art, karate, nature and hiking, roller-skating, tae-kwon-do. Music -- tuition in all major instruments; ABRSM exams, senior choir, junior choir, senior orchestra, junior orchestra. Our pupils participate in orchestral and choir events across Kenya. School plays are preformed by the drama department. There are regular field trips and excursions to national parks, mountains and cities across the country as well as regular trips abroad (For example, in the last two years there has been a history trip to the UK, a French trip to France and a music and skiing trip to Austria)

Sports activities included

PE, swimming, cricket, hockey, football, netball, rounders

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes -- We field teams for both boys and girls at Under-9, Under-11 and Under-13 level.

Sports facilities at the school

A swimming pool on site. Children are taken by bus up to three times a week for sport at two local clubs where the school has hired pitches.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Founded in 1950, Cavina is the second oldest international-curriculum school in Kenya. We pride ourselves on a traditional, Christian education in an intimate, family environment. Pupils are encouraged to express themselves and to pursue their dreams but always within a disciplined atmosphere where respect for rules and for other people is vigorously fostered.

Teaching approach of the school

Cavina upholds the best values a traditional British prep school


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