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With stunning landscapes, cosmopolitan cities and a rich tribal and multi-cultural history, it’s easy to see the appeal of expat life in Kenya. The Kenyan expatriate community has been around since colonial times, so despite some cultural differences, integrating is quite seamless.

Kenya has the largest economy in Eastern and Central Africa, and is commonly ranked as one of the fastest growing economies on the continent. This has seen a swift change in educational trends, particularly in Nairobi.

Many native Kenyans once perceived international schools as being for expat children only. Enrolling a child in an international school was also viewed by most as too expensive. But with an increasing number of middle-class families in Nairobi, this is no longer the case. In many of the city’s international schools students of Kenyan nationality are equal or greater in number than those of other nationalities.

There is another major factor in the uptick of Kenyan students attending international schools; teacher’s strikes. For the past several years, teachers in Kenya’s national schools have protested about poor remuneration, delayed promotion and poor working conditions, among other issues. This has resulted in strike action and school closures on several occasions in the past decade, sometimes for weeks at a time.

Since international schools in Kenya are privately owned, and strike action and disputes are rare or non-existent on them, some parents in Nairobi searching for a stable, consistent and top quality education for their children may favourably consider international schooling instead.

British and International curricula are the most common in Nairobi’s international schools. Alternative curricula on offer include German, French, American, and Dutch.

The majority of Kenyans (some 85%) identify as Christian, and a significant proportion of its international schools follow a Christian ethos. Religious teachings are incorporated into day to day school life in a variety of ways. However, there is usually no prerequisite to be a practicing Christian in order to attend these schools.

While there is a decent number of international schools in Nairobi, the choice is not endless. And with increasing demand from locals as well as expats, waiting lists are becoming more and more common. You should apply well in advance of your move to Nairobi if possible - 12 months or more.

You’ll find most of Nairobi’s international schools in the two most popular expat areas; Karen and Westlands. Westlands is home to several embassies and the United Nations’ Headquarters in Africa. Karen is the epitome of a ‘leafy suburb’, with streets lined by mansions and manicured gardens.

Below, we have compiled our top 10 international schools in Nairobi. However, there are another 31 schools to choose from in the city. You can find the best international school for your child by personalising your results. Just fill in your search criteria, and we will calculate a personal score for every international school in Nairobi based on your requirements.

Best 10 International Schools in Nairobi

Out of a total of 41 International Schools in Nairobi.

Based on the aggregated preferences of our users in the last 30 days.

Hillcrest International School

Small, friendly, strong values - respect, determination, curiosity and independence.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: Shilling665,550
to: Shilling2,175,600
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Kenton College Preparatory School

First class all round education with emphasis on manners and values.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
6 to 13
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: Shilling1,921,500
to: Shilling1,921,500
Reviews
(1 review)
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The Banda School

Banda School is a British curriculum preparatory school.
The aims of Banda School are:
–To provide a broad and balanced educational experience that will ensure the development of the whole child.
–To encourage an ambition to excel – in all areas of school life.
–To create a nurturing environment so that each child feels safe to face new challenges.
–To develop enquiring minds, self-confidence and a range of skills to enable pupils to become independent learners.
–To promote acceptance of all, thereby preparing pupils for their future as global citizens.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
1 to 13
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: Shilling195,000
to: Shilling1,935,000
Reviews
(2 reviews)
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German School Nairobi

The German School Nairobi is an Excellent German school abroad with its accreditation being acquired from; The Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany and the relevant federal governing body in charge of schools abroad (BLAschA). The main aim is the promotion of student advancement through their encouragement to design individual learning processes as they progress with schoolwork.
With this, our production of all-rounded students is evident as they are able to acquire knowledge for their classwork, skills and proficiency. With the school being a lively site for the German Culture, it not only gives access to the German language but also to the German Curriculum with its utility being a plus in all German Speaking countries worldwide.
Curriculum
German
Languages of instruction
English, German
Ages
1 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: Shilling891,408
to: Shilling1,701,718
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Rusinga School

Rusinga School is Christian day school offering the British National Curriculum. It has a strong commitment to academic excellence, a high level of discipline and Christian values. Children are accepted from the age of two and are able to progress through our Kindergarten, Prep and Senior schools.
Curriculum
British, Christian
Language of instruction
English
Ages
1 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: Shilling222,000
to: Shilling994,000
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Peponi House

Peponi House is a multi-cultural community which encourages respect for self and others. Its emphasis is on excellence, through a broad, balanced education which aims to maximise the potential of each pupil and help them develop as a whole person.

The school’s motto “A School of Many Nations, a Family of One” came about as the result of a competition held among the first Peponi pupils when the school was still in its infancy. In many ways, it encapsulates all that we hold most dear.

First and foremost, PHPS is a school and the academic side of things lies at the heart of all that the school does. PHPS believes that excellence in the classroom, in terms of both effort and achievement, is the key ingredient in making a successful school. However, the school is also a family and that makes itself very clear in the day to day life of the school. It has an open door policy with its parents and encourages them to be very active in their support of what the school does, either through our energetic PTA or through close consultation with the staff.

PHPS has children from many different cultures and ethnic backgrounds and it encourages understanding and above all respect for each other. It is a Christian School and the ethos of “Love one another” is a recurring theme in its Thursday services, but the school is proud of its multi-faith society where children learn to appreciate and value their differences as well as their similarities.
Curriculum
British, Christian
Language of instruction
English
Ages
6 to 13
This school does not make their fees public.
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Woodland Star International School

Our core values are Passion, Connectedness, Innovation, Respect, and Environmental Conservation
Curriculum
International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 16
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: Shilling851,200
to: Shilling1,552,792
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Woodcreek School

Respect, Integrity, Compassion, Responsibility and Christ-Centered
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: Shilling279,000
to: Shilling1,215,000
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Millennium Global School

We provide a loving and caring environment that is rich in diversity, compassion and scruples.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.
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Svenska Skolan i Nairobi

Svenska Skolan i Nairobi offers education to preschool, elementary and high school students and follows Swedish curriculum.
Curriculum
Swedish
Language of instruction
Swedish
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: Shilling713,491
to: Shilling1,367,193
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