The International School of Kenya (ISK) is a private, nonprofit coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12 as well as the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program for students of all nationalities. Together, in 1976, the U.S. and Canadian governments established the school. The school year consists of two semesters extending from early August to December and from January to early June.
Organization: The school is governed by a seven-member Board of Governors and a nine-member Board of Directors. Three members of the Board of Directors are appointed by the sponsoring embassies, four are elected, and two are appointed by the board itself. All seven members of the Board of Governors are appointed. Four members represent the U.S. Embassy and three members represent the Canadian High Commission.
Curriculum: The primary focus of the curriculum is to equip students with the skills and dispositions that will empower them for the future. The curriculum draws from rigorous standards and benchmarks to provide a challenging program that meets the needs of the diverse student population and enables students to transition to the best schools and universities around the world. The IB Diploma program, including both standard and higher-level subjects, is offered in 11th and 12th grades. The school-testing program includes the College Board tests (PSAT and SAT) and Measures of Academic Progress (MAP-grades 3-9). ISK also accepts students with mild to moderate learning needs and has opened an early elementary intensive needs program (Life Centered Education) in August 2019. Instruction is in English, with French, Spanish, and Swahili offered as modern languages for non-native speakers. A Mother Tongue program is offered after school to support home language instruction. In 2019, ISK was re-accredited by Middle States Assoc. in the U.S. and Council of Intl Schools internationally.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 139 faculty members (included educational administration).
Enrollment: As of September of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 914 (PK-grade 5: 343; grades 6-8: 235; and grades 9-12; 336).
Facilities: The school is located in a rural area on 50 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, extensive 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 August of 2015. The 2018-2019 school year welcomed a new covered basketball court, the Lions’ Den, with changing rooms and offices. Before June 2021, the school will have 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 2020-2021 school year, ISK is funded almost entirely by tuition and capital fees. Annual tuition rates are: PK: $16,243; K: $25,713; grades 1-5: $27,129; grades 6-8: $28,349; grades 9-10: $29,950; and grades 11-12: $31,142. Bus fees are $2,200. The application fee is $400. There is a one-time capital levy fee of $10,000 and an annual capital levy fee of $1,350.
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and are provided by the school.