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The International School of Kenya (ISK) is a private, nonprofit coeducational day school that offers a prekindergarten to grade 12 educational program and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program to students of all nationalities. The institution was formed in 1976 by the U.S. and Canadian governments. The school year is divided into two semesters, one lasting from early August to December and the other from January to early June.

Organization: A seven-member Board of Governors and a nine-member Board of Directors oversee the school. The sponsoring embassies appoint three members of the Board of Directors, four are elected, and the board itself selects two. The Board of Governors consists of seven people who are all appointed. The U.S. Embassy is represented by four members, while three members represent the Canadian High Commission.

Curriculum: ISK believes that all students have the right to an education that enables them to learn and socialize within a community that provides opportunities to: “Inspire and nurture passion, creativity, and ambition in pursuit of a better world.” We value the inclusion of all students, including a variety of cultural, neurological, and biological differences, as an integral part of the whole school development of social well-being and understanding.

Faculty: In the 2022-2023 school year, ISK has 432 total staff, 148 full-time teachers, 67 of whom are U.S. citizens, 19 host-country nationals, and 62 third-country nationals. Our faculty and staff represent a number of nationalities, namely American, Kenyan, British, Canadian, Australian, South African, Dutch, Belgian, French, Mexican, Spanish, Albanian, German, Italian, Vietnamese and Venezuelan. Teaching faculty are required to have a bachelor’s degree in relevant subject, teacher certification from an accredited university or college and a minimum of two years’ relevant experience.

Enrollment: As of the 2022-2023 school year, enrollment was 1,050 PreK – Gr.5 =405, Gr. 6 – Gr. 8 = 268, Gr. 9 – Gr. 12 = 377) Of the total, 370 were U.S. citizens, 90 were host-country nationals, and 590 were third-country nationals.

Facilities: The school is located in a rural area on 40 acres of property approximately eight miles from Nairobi’s city center. Facilities include an arts center, a 547-seat theater, an amphitheater, a clay work area, a library, media center, and design and fabrication technology labs, four computer labs and eight mobile computer laboratories, 1-to-1 devices from grades 3-8, and other iPad carts to support curriculum in different areas, a gymnasium, science laboratories, a cafeteria, a solar-heated swimming pool, five tennis courts, two large playing fields, state-of-the-art classrooms, a multi-sports court, and a health office. In 2011, a $40 million facilities expansion was launched; part of that expansion included the new elementary school, which celebrated its grand opening in 2015. The 2018-2019 school year welcomed a new covered basketball court, the Lions’ Den, with changing rooms and offices. In January 2021, the school completed the construction of a new 14,000 square meter middle school building and high school science labs. Over the next few years, as the facilities master plan is completed, the school will be able to accommodate approximately 1,200 students.

Finances: In the 2022-2023 school year, ISK is funded almost entirely by tuition and capital fees. Annual tuition rates are: PK: $17,653, K: $27,945, grades 1-5: $29,484, grades 6-8: $30,810, grades 9-10: $32,550, grades 11-12: $33,845. Bus fees: $2,200, application fee is $400, One Time Capital Levy: $10,000, Annual Capital Levy: $1,450, LCE Fees – $20,000, this amount is paid in addition to the grade level tuition fees.

Special Needs: Download the Special Needs Profile (Special Needs Kenya, Nairobi) for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.

This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information. Information and statistics are current as of September 2022 and are provided by the school.

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