School Profile

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School and Community

West Nairobi School is an International Christian School founded in 1996. It is a private co-ed (mixed) day school with North American curriculum taught in English from Kindergarten to 12th grade. West Nairobi School also has Early Childhood Learning Center for students 4 – 5 years old. More than 20 nationalities are represented in the school.

Faculty

Over 30 certified faculty teach at West Nairobi School, providing a ratio of 1:9 teaching faculty to students. The faculty includes one director, two principals, one guidance counselor, one admissions counselor, two resources teachers, one English language learner teacher, three chaplain, and six teacher assistants.

The faculty and staff at West Nairobi School are dedicated to providing the highest quality education in a caring, loving environment. We believe that your child was created for a purpose and we seek to prepare children mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually to fulfill their purpose.

At WNS we strive for excellence in education and seek to teach the whole child. WNS is blessed to have some of the best teachers in the world. One of the comments heard most often about WNS is that our students feel loved, encouraged and safe. Students from all ethnic, national, religious backgrounds are respected and welcomed.

WNS is located in the outskirts of Nairobi in the leafy suburbs of Karen. WNS campus is surrounding by green vegetation making it quiet and a serene atmosphere conducive for learning.

Accreditation

West Nairobi School is accredited with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA-CESS) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

Curriculum

WNS uses North American curriculum and standardized testing is administered to grades 1-11 each year. The high school offers a broad range of Advanced Placement (AP) courses including Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Literature and Composition, European History, French Language & Culture, Physics1, Spanish Language & Culture, United States History, and World History.

WNS also offers online classes through NorthStar Academy which is accredited by AdvancED.

Additional Services:

WNS is committed to meeting individual needs of students subject to the availability of staff and facilities. English Language Learners (ELL) classes, Educational Resource Services (ERS), and remedial programs are provided for students as necessary.

School Calendar

The school year consists of two semesters, with 180 instructional days. The first semester begins in August and ends in December, the second semester begins in January and ends in May.

Class of 2017 Graduates

Graduation Requirements

West Nairobi School offers two diploma tracks:

 College Preparatory Diploma:

24 total credits are required for graduation including:

  • 4.0 English
  • 3.0 Social Studies
  • 3.0 Math
  • 3.0 Science
  • 1-4 Bible (required every semester enrolled)
  • 2.0 World Language
  • 1.0 Fine Arts
  • 1.0 Physical Education
  • 1.0 Technology
  • 2-5 Electives and/or  Additional Credits.

Academic Honors Diploma:

27 total credits are required. In addition to the requirements for the College Preparatory Diploma students must accomplish the following:

  • Earn a 3.5 GPA
  • Take a rigorous course load including 2.0 credits of Honors or AP classes
  • Accumulate 15 credits in core subjects
  • 3.0 credits of World Language
  • 2.5 credits of Electives and Additional Credits

Grading Scale:

93-100 = A, 90-92 = A-, 87-89 = B+, 83-86 = B, 80-82 = B-, 77-79 = C+, 73-76 = C, 70-72 = C-, 67-69 = D+, 63-66 = D, 60-62 = D-, Below 60 = F

High School credit is not granted for grades below a C- or 70%. Honors and AP courses are weighted.

Student Ranking: West Nairobi School does not rank students.

Co-curricular and School Sponsored Activities

Community Service:
All high school students participate in community service projects throughout the year.

Fine Arts:
Instrumental and vocal music programs provide students with opportunities to participate in concerts and music competitions throughout the year. Theatre Arts productions are presented each year. Students participate as actors, stage hands, and set designers. Art gallery exhibits student’s art and photography.

Model United Nations:
Select students are able to participate and represent WNS at the East African Model United Nations.

Sports Program:
Interscholastic competition is offered to all students and includes soccer, basketball, volleyball, swimming and cross country.

Student Council:
Student leaders are selected at the beginning of the school year to plan, lead, and promote school events, pep rallies, and school spirit.

Student Tutoring:
Student leaders volunteer to provide tutoring fellow classmates during club time.

Universities and College Admissions for Our Graduates

Australia
University of Melbourne
University of Wollongong
Canada
Acadia University
Carleton University
Saint Mary’s University
University of Waterloo
Western Ontario University
York University
Japan
Asia Pacific University, Ritsumeikan
Temple University, Tokyo Campus
Kenya
DayStar University, Nairobi
United States International University
Strathmore Business University
South Africa
University of Cape Town
University of Pretoria
United Kingdom
Nottingham Trent University
University of Westminster
University of Glasgow
United States of America
Baylor University
Cairn University
California State University, Fresno
Calvin College
Case Western University
Cedarville University
Coe College
Drexel University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
George Fox University
Georgetown College
Goshen College
Houghton College
Indiana Wesleyan University
John Brown University
Le Tourneau University
Liberty University
Loyola University
Lynn University
Master’s College
Miami University, OH
Olivet Nazarene University
Pace University
Penn State University
Pensacola Christian College
Purdue University
Seattle Pacific University
Spring Arbor University
State University of New York, Buffalo
Southern Utah University
Taylor University
Texas A&M University
Texas Wesleyan University
University of Florida, Gainesville
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
University of Kansas
University of Massachusetts, Boston
University of Miami
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of Oklahoma
University of Oregon
University of South Florida
University of Tampa
Wheaton College
Woodbury University