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Top 5 Most Expensive Schools in Kenya!

Posted on 2017-03-06
Top 5 Most Expensive Schools in Kenya!

Are you looking to enroll your child into a new school? Do you have a budget of at least KSh 1.5 million for each academic year? These schools are some of the academic and extra curricular powerhouses in Kenya and regionally, you will find students and staff from far and wide exposing your child to a stimulating, rewarding and well-rounded education.

International School of Kenya

The word here is international as its determined inspire and nurtures passion, creativity and ambition in pursuit of a better world.

Created in 1976 through a joint partnership between the governments of the United States and Canada and nestled on 50 acres of a former coffee plantation, ISK serves the educational needs of both expatriate and Kenyan students who seek a challenging, North American curriculum together with the rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma program.

They seek to nurture students who are principled, respectful, open minded, caring, balanced, reflective and persevering. This however doesn’t come cheap.

To become part of the International school of Kenya fraternity, a parent has to part with Ksh 881,744 every term at pre-Kindergarten level. This goes up to Ksh 1,395,841 when your child joins Kindergarten and continues to go up as your child progresses further. By the time they are getting to 11th grade, then you have to brace yourself for a whooping KSh 1,690,566 every term. Some of the luxuries in the school include a full time guard force that monitors the campus 24 hours a day and also ensure “Fire” and “Duck & Cover” drills are held quarterly to ensure all students and staff are prepared in case of emergency.

Also, their faculty staff not only includes teachers but Counselors, Learning Support teachers, ESOL specialists, an IB Coordinator, two Librarians, a Director of Technology, a Technology Integration Coordinator and coaching/PE staff.

Your child can also join Round Square, a worldwide association of independent and international schools in 40 countries across five continents sharing unique and ambitious goals.

Those goals include a framework for personal growth along with structured opportunities to collaborate and share experiences with like-minded peers around the world. The Round Square approach recognizes that effective learning is practical, multicultural and collaborative and infused through a range of co-curricular activities.

Hillcrest School

Located in the heart of Karen it was once the home for Kenyan celebrities Size 8 and Edith Kimani who recently just joined DW in Germany.

Founded in 1965 by educationalist Dorothy Noad and long-serving government employee Frank Thompson, Hillcrest Preparatory secured its international school status in 1972, when it became a member of IAPS; joining a conglomerate of British Curriculum schools across the world. Concurrently, the idea was mooted for Hillcrest to expand its educational offering to include a Secondary School.

Guided by the British Curriculum they cater for children aged 18 months to young adults aged 18 years committed to inspiring each and every child to achieve their own individual personal excellence and to grow to become a valuable member of the global community in which we live.

And for that, as a parent you have to part with a cool Ksh 891,750 every term for 11th and 12th graders. It goes down to Ksh 858,750 for 9th and 10th graders with the lowest student paying Ksh 203,500 every term; that is for nursery one.

Other costs include the boarding and fee deposit which is 10% of the various fee options and the other include daily charges which need to be discussed on a need basis and activity fee which is compulsory and the maximum is Ksh 100,000.

In turn your child not only learns biology but also the Arts, Music, Design and Technology to ensure they explore all their inners abilities. Plus they also get to tour all over the world in a myriad of exchange programs.

Braeburn School

Here the tuition fees can go as high as 1.5 million shillings per term depending on some of the services you subscribe to.

Transportation for example is offered at Ksh 147, 900 for the normal transportation and Kes.275, 700 for the door-to-door facility annually.

The tuition fees are like 10x more compared to a local good High School like Alliance where tuition fee is like Ksh 100,000 a year.

Braeburn aims to ensure that they maximize opportunities for children beyond the classroom. They believe that as well as enhancing their childhood experiences, this helps them to develop into well-rounded individuals with a wide range of skills that may be of use in their futures.

Skills that would turn them into International celebrities like Prezzo or Miss Karun who are alumni of the prestigious school.

Brookhouse School

Brookhouse is a co-educational day and boarding school for children aged 2 – 19, offering an adapted form of the British National Curriculum to Kenyan and international pupils.

They believe that a school should foster courage, generosity, imagination, principle and resolve so that children emerge empowered with the skills and abilities to be the leaders and guardians of tomorrow’s world.

Their ideals include internationalism; Democracy; Environment; Adventure; Leadership and Service.

As a parent you should probably be swayed by their music school which allows music appreciation and participation in their students from an early age. They pride themselves in the quality of their music-making.

Several choirs, ensemble groups and bands, as well as the school orchestra give their students the opportunity to acquire music skills throughout the Prep and Secondary schools.

In addition, the BTEC Diploma in Music course offers a Music and/or Music Technology foundation for gaining entry to university or proceeding to employment in the music industry. All this is under the stewardship of Ian Mbugua-Arts goat and the non-forgiving judge of popular Tusker Project fame.

Boarding fees at the school can go as high as Ksh 990,000 for those in 11 and 12th year and Ksh 230,000 for those in the early years.

It’s KSh 480,000 per term for those looking to study Business and Technology Diploma in Music (BTEC).

Peponi School

Owned by the Kenyatta family, you have to apply for your child to join with the application fee being KSh 5,000. Then there is a registration fee of Ksh 10,000 which every parent has to part with before enrolling into the prestigious school and a caution fee of Ksh 250,000.

To become a day scholar, then parents have to part with ksh 663,500 every term which further goes up to 936,500 for full boarders. For weekly boarders, parents have to part with Ksh 884,500 every term.

Peponi School was established in 1989, to be a first class, independent,co-educational boarding school with an international intake of pupils working for internationally recognized school-leaving examinations at 16 (IGCSE), 17 (A/S) and 18 (A2) Years. It provides a peaceful, caring milieu in which pupils can achieve their full potential.

It’s good to note that most of the figures here are not inclusive of admission fee, activity fee, caution money, fee deposits, daily charge, capital levy and, registration charges. Some however may include lunch, transportation and caution money among other.

Another point to note is that some of the rates are subject to the exchange rate and also it’s up to the school discretion to increase fee or give discounts and any penalties if any for late school fee payment.

Much as these fees may look extremely astronomical, they can as well be made affordable through proper planning from an early stage. Most parents start planning immediately the child is born by taking out an education insurance policy. This enforces a strict savings culture on the parent as opposed to other ‘voluntary’ forms of savings like bank accounts, which can be easily withdrawn again. The education insurance policy also guarantees the future of the child in the unfortunate event that the parent is no longer able to provide for them due to critical illness, disability or death.

Photo courtesy of Braeburn School of Kenya.

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