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International curriculum
Ages 2 to 16

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CurriculumInternational
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 2 to 16
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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 11 students / class
Maximum 15 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: Shilling876,671
to: Shilling1,569,302
Address: Brackenhurst Conference Centre P.O.Box 32, Limuru, Kenya-00217
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Number of students

85

Number of nationalities represented in the school

20-25

Most common nationality

Kenyan

Ratio of local students to international students

1:3.5

Max. number of students per class

15

Average number of students per class

11

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English speaking teachers

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in English

No

Additional language classes offered by the school

KiSwahili, French, Sign Language

Use of technology in the classroom

We continually integrate various technology in the class room, including iPads and laptops that students have access to.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

Yes, absolutely! We maintain a differentiated and personalized approach, even when required to shift online, in order to sustain engagement, motivation and continued learning. In our experience virtual whole-class instruction and full days online are not effective in promoting sustained learning, and so our online teaching is focused more on small-group and individual sessions, coupled with scaffolded individual work.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes, at times. It depends on the age of the child, the content area, and the teacher.

Approximate hours of homework given

We prefer to complete as much work as possible when students are at school. We are very intentional about limiting the time that students spend on doing work at home. Otherwise, we use the "10-minute" rule as a guideline, i.e. not more than 10 minutes homework per grade level (excluding reading).

Uniform required

No

Waiting list

In some classes only.

Entry evaluation for students

At times - these are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Only if there are special needs involved and we want to ensure that we are able to support the student adequately.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

We have rolling admissions, so enrollment is possible throughout the school year, as long as there is space available in the respective classroom - the sooner, the better!

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

All

External examinations or assessments available

MAP Growth Tests

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

We celebrate every religion, faith and culture at Woodland Star.

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

They are celebrated and valued like everyone else.

School bus service available

Yes, but to certain parts of Nairobi or surrounding areas only.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes

Learning support offered

These are considered on a case-by-case basis. If necessary, we work with parents in acquiring one-on-one support for those students who require specialized attention. All students are considered on an individual level and learning and teaching is highly differentiated within the classroom to accommodate each learner in each subject area. We currently support a range of students with varying levels of learning needs, including Down Syndrome, autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, Asperger, etc.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Due to our small student:teacher ratio, we differentiate in each class room. This means there is no limit to where students may progress and develop in areas of giftedness, and these are accommodated and intentionally supported within the class room. We also have an enrichment programme that intentionally seeks to identify and further support cognitively advanced learners through in-class support and additional clubs.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes, but as an external service.

School start time

8:25

School finish time

15:25 (there is a half-day option in the Early Years, where student may leave at 12:00 or at 15:25)

Supervised care before/after school

Yes

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Please see website for most up-to-date information

School provided lunches

Yes. They are optional. If preferred, students may bring their own lunch, or have school lunch.

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

Yes

Sports activities included

Our students have a lot of physical activity in their school day, and do a lot of learning outdoors on our large campus and indigenous forest, including forest and bird walks. We start every day with a 20-minute forest walk (older students) or obstacle course (younger students).

Sports facilities at the school

Sportsfield(s), Basketball court, Tennis court, 100-acre indigenous forest, (swimming pool is off-campus, about 7 minutes away)

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes, Covid-permitting we have friendly inter-school matches with other (international) schools in Nairobi.

Other facilities at the school

Library, Forest Amphitheatre, Lots of green spaces

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Our core values are Passion, Connectedness, Innovation, Respect, and Environmental Conservation.

Alongside our academic standards, we also teach and track other 'softer' skills as part of our long-term transformational learning goals, which include things like self-management, self-awareness, growth mindset, social awareness, communication, collaboration, global awareness, systems thinking and environmental conservation. Through these our want our learners to BE Self-Directed, BELONG In Community, and BECOME Globally-Mindful.

Teaching approach of the school

As a “best-practice” school, Woodland Star continually strives to foster student-led, curiosity-driven and globally-minded learning. Guided by the American Common Core State Standards, we follow a tailored and individualized international curriculum that is theme-based and child-centered.

Our small student-teacher ratio and multi-age classes are ideal for project-based learning, allowing students' learning to be integrated between disciplines. Our holistic educational approach to the development of children ensures that we meet each child where they are at in their educational journey.

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