Nairobi
International, American curriculum
Ages 4 to 18

International School of Kenya

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CurriculumInternational, American
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 4 to 18
Total first year fees: Shilling3,777,601
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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 20 students / class
Maximum 22 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
Contact email: registrar@isk.ac.ke
School's webpage: www.isk.ac.ke
Yearly fees: Shilling2,801,986

All the details about this school in their own words

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Number of students

870

Number of nationalities represented in the school

60

Ratio of local students to international students

10% local : 90% international

Max. number of students per class

22

Average number of students per class

20

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English speaking teachers

The teachers come from a wide range of schools in the United States and around the world, and represent 13 different nationalities. Approximately 46 percent hold US citizenship and the average tenure is 6 years.

Language support for students not fluent in English

The ESOL program is designed to help students in Kindergarten - grade 10 who have not acquired the necessary English skills to work independently in their classes and to develop social language outside of the classroom. Different levels of support are provided depending on the child's English proficiency. Students may receive small group instruction for one, two or three blocks per day (depending on the division and student need) and/or assistance within their regular classes.

Additional language classes offered by the school

French, Spanish and Kiswahili

Use of technology in the classroom

ISK is currently year 1 program to implement 1 to 1 computing for grades 4-12.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Students can expect homework every evening including weekends, though not
necessarily in every subject.

Approximate hours of homework given

Depends on the subject and grade level.

Uniform required

Yes

Entry evaluation for students

Assessment

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Middle and High school students test in math, reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing and French/Spanish. Elementary students undergo a basic assessment before permanent placement is final. This takes the form of an entrance test with the elementary school counselor.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

ISK accepts students throughout the year and strongly encourages parents to apply as early as possible.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Learning Support is designed to serve students with mild to moderate learning disabilities or ‘at risk’ students.

Learning support offered

LS program offers various types of support for students who need addtional assistance in order to be successful. Most special learning needs are addressed in the regular classroom through an in-class support model, but each child's program is designed to meet his/her needs.

Student access to education psychologist

An educational psychologist provides onsite assessments for students who are referred for evaluation. The assessments are done in conjunction with the LS department, the Counseling department and the the classroom teachers to identify specific impediments to learning.

School start time

8:20 am

School finish time

3:20 pm

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Athletics, National Honor Society, Global Issues Network, Habitat for Humanity, creative dance, model United Nations, students for the environment, peer mentoring, animal care and protection

School provided lunches

Yes

Sports activities included

Soccer, basketball, volleyball, swimming, rugby, golf, track and field, tennis

Sports facilities at the school

Solar-heated swimming pool, 2 large and 2 small playing fields, tennis courts, children's playgrounds

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

ISK's teams compete in the ISSEA (International Schools of Southern and Eastern Africa) tournaments annually.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The International School of Kenya (ISK) is a private, non-profit PreK-Grade 12 school created in 1976 through a joint partnership between the governments of the United States and Canada. Nestled on 40 acres of a former coffee plantation, ISK serves the educational needs of both expatriate and Kenyan students who seek a challenging, North American curriculum together with the rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma program.

ISK students form a supportive, spirited and diverse community, which enables new students to adapt easily to campus life. Interacting in such a welcoming cross-cultural milieu, ISK students celebrate the unique and wonderful differences and similarities of people from around the world.

Teaching approach of the school

The ISK curriculum is built around the idea that students are continuously constructing meaning - whether that be in the classroom, on the sports field, in a creative performance or working in the community. This learning, and ultimately construction of meaning, is at the heart of the school. First we must determine what we believe is important for students to know, do and be. Then we must determine how we will know if we are successful. The ISK curriculum is constructed to provide an exemplary educational opportunity for each student.

There are a number key indicators to ensure that ISK continues to provide an outstanding educational environment for all students. The range of indicators ISK currently uses include:

- Internal achievement on course assessments and common assessments
- Comparison of external academic testing results with other international schools
- Accreditation reports from the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) and Council of International Schools and Middle States Association (CIS/MSA)
- Lists of higher education colleges and universities across the world to which ISK students are awarded
- Sustained involvement in the five key areas of CCASL (Creative, Culture, Action, Service and Leadership)
- Regular feedback via opinion surveys and collaborative meetings with all stakeholders, including students, parents and alumni

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