Nairobi is home to a wide range of private pre-primary, primary and secondary schools, several of which follow the British and American primary and secondary syllabi (see following page). For international staff posted to Nairobi, it is advisable to enquire about vacancies well in advance of one’s arrival, as most of the best private schools are heavily subscribed. International schools in Kenya generally follow the British school calendar, with three terms running from early September-early December, early January-late March, and late April-mid July. British syllabus schools offer Common Entrance exams at the primary level and GCSEs/‘O’ and ‘A’ levels in secondary schools. Three Nairobi high schools – Rosslyn Academy, West Nairobi School and the
International School of Kenya (the ‘American School’) – follow the North American school calendar, the first term of which usually begins in late August. A fourth school, Rift Valley Academy, which is open to boarders in Kijabe, also offers the North American syllabus. There are several schools maintained by foreign communities, with classes in their native languages. These include the French, Japanese, Dutch, Danish, German, Norwegian and Swedish schools. Nursery schools and kindergartens offer an informal education for children aged three and upwards, usually in the mornings, in many of the more upmarket residential areas.
There are also a few special education schools for children with special needs, such as the Accelerated Learning Centre in Kileleshwa. Comprehensive listings of Nairobi’s kindergartens and private primary schools are available at the expatriate.