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|Language of instruction||English|
|Native English teachers|
|Extra languages (other than English)|
|Class sizes||Average||15 students / class|
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|Number of students||
|Number of nationalities represented in the school||
|Average number of students per class||
|Native English speaking teachers||
|Language support for students not fluent in English||
English as an Additional Language lessons are tailored to individual student’s needs. Depending on their option groups, students either work in groups or individually. Lessons include speaking and listening practice as well as reading and writing. Students also receive subject support to enable them to attain their potential in the subjects they study.
|Additional language classes offered by the school||
Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Kiswahili and Spanish
|Use of technology in the classroom||
This year Hillcrest International Schools has embarked on an ambitious plan to become the biggest 1 to 1 device school in Kenya. Every child from Year 5 to Year 13 has a school-approved device which they carry with them for use in class.
|Entry evaluation for students||
Test and examination
|Brief description of entry evaluation required||
If the school has the space to accommodate your child, they will be asked to sit subject specific examinations or provide the necessary certificates for examinations (Common Entrance for entry into 13+; O Level or GCSE for entry into 16+; English Proficiency Test for students who speak English as an Additional Language (EAL)).
In tandem with the testing/examination process your child will be screened for special education needs (SEN) by members of the School’s Learning Support Department, to test their ability to access the Hillcrest Curriculum.
Interview with the Senior Management Team. Based on an interview, the information provided by the school’s Learning Support Department and the information provided by the registration process, members of the Senior Management Team will confirm or decline admission.
|External examinations or assessments available||
GCSE, IGCSE, O Level
|School bus service available||
|Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs||
Hillcrest excellent Learning Support Department ensures that students have an equal right to access a balanced and holistic education. To promote this the Learning Support Department works with children to develop their academic ability. The department also strives to nurture self esteem and confidence to ensure that as the children move on to their secondary school they are equipped to reach their full potential.
|Learning support offered||
Each child in the Learning Support Department has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) setting out specific targets that child will work towards that term. All the teachers are aware of this plan so they are able to reinforce it within lessons.
The Learning Support Department strives to support subject teachers with strategies and differentiated programmes to ensure that all students fulfill their academic potential. Assessments, IEP and Working Documents are available to the teaching staff involved in.
|The school supports gifted, able and talented students||
The Learning Support Department also caters for Gifted and Talented students who need extra challenges in class to fulfill their potential. Students in the whole school are welcome to use the department for advice and support, for example with study skills and revision techniques; and there is guidance to whole year groups on the management of course work and implementation of a variety of planning skills.
|Extracurricular activities or clubs offered||
As well as timetabled sport and arts, there is an extensive range of extra curricular activities, which make Friday afternoons a popular time of the week. These activities encourage children to mix across age groups and contribute significantly to the strong Hillcrest spirit that students have. The range of activities constantly evolve according to the interests of our staff, and offer a wide range of experiences to students from model making to bikes and kites, football to photography.
|Sports activities included||
Games, swimming, personal survival, fitness
|Sports facilities at the school||
The sports facilities include extensive playing fields and a 16m swimming pool. The school has tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, two squash courts, a 25 metre swimming pool, a gym, extensive playing fields, canoes and sailing boat.
|Sports teams or sport competitions available for students||
|Qualities and characteristics best defining the school||
Hillcrest International School is a mixed, multi-cultural school catering for global clientele. It provides a unique, holistic educational experience that aims to nurture and mould children into confident, independent young adults that will be of tremendous value to any University or work place throughout the world.
During their time at Hillcrest, students are encouraged to broaden their horizons through a number of co-curricular programs that enhance their experiences such as being part of the Model United Nations, regular drama productions, various bands, orchestras and choirs, sports teams and a large variety of activities ranging from archery to the environment club.
|Teaching approach of the school||
Hillcrest aspires to support individual learners to reach their full potential, through the provision of an holistic curriculum. This includes adapting to the learners individual needs, considering the demands and contexts of contemporary society, and periodically reappraising the learning plans and the organisation of the learners’ experiences.
Hillcrest follows the British National Curriculum, with additions that acknowledge the context within which the learners live and the opportunities available to them living in Kenya and Africa.