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Ms. Monica N. Greeley, Superintendent
International School of Kenya
P.O. Box 14103
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: 254-2-583-224/622
Fax: 254-2-583-272
E-mail: isk_admin@isk.ac.ke


The International School of Kenya is a private, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 13 as well as the International Baccalaureate program for students of all nationalities. The U.S. and Canadian governments jointly purchased the School in 1976. The school year consists of 2 semesters extending from August to December and from January to June.

Organization: The School is governed by a 7-member Board of Governors and a 9-member Board of Directors. Three members of the Board of Directors are appointed and 6 are elected by the parents of children enrolled in the School. All 7 members of the Board of Governors are appointed. Four members represent the U.S. Embassy and 3 members represent the Canadian High Commission.

Curriculum: The curriculum is basically North American and meets the requirements for entry to U.S. colleges and universities. The program is supplemented by the International Baccalaureate, which includes a full program of advanced courses. The school testing program includes the College Board tests (PSAT, SAT) and Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills. Instruction is in English. French, Spanish, and Swahili are offered as foreign languages. The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the European Council of International Schools accredit the School.

Faculty: There are 67 faculty members in the 2000-2001 school year, including 47 U.S. citizens, 7 host-country nationals, and 13 third-country nationals.

Enrollment: Enrollment at the beginning of the 1999-2000 school year was 534 (PK-grade 5: 211; grades 6-8: 123; and grades 9-13: 200). Of the total, 160 were U.S. citizens, 30 were host country nationals, and 344 were children of 46 other nationalities. Of the U.S. enrollment, 88 were dependents of U.S. government direct-hire or contract employees and 72 were dependents of other private U.S. citizens.

Facilities: The School is located in a rural area on 49 acres of property approximately 8 miles from Nairobi's city center. Considerable construction and renovation has taken place since 1976. Facilities now include a Kdg.-grade 13 media center with video and research rooms, a gym/theater/multipurpose building, 3 computer laboratories, science laboratories, a student center, a library research center, a kindergarten complex (expanded in 1994), a solar-heated swimming pool, tennis courts, extensive playing fields, and classrooms. A creative arts center complex is due to open in February of 2000.

Finances: In the 2000-2001 school year, about 90 percent of the School's income is from tuition. Annual tuition rates, payable in U.S. dollars or other convertible currency, are as follows: PK: $3,700; Kdg.-grade 5: $10,150; and grades 6-13: $11,950. Bus fees are $900. There is a one-time registration fee for new students of $3,000. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. The Office of Overseas Schools (A/OPR/OS) may have more detailed 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 regarding curriculum, special programs and the like.