West Nairobi School is an international school that partners with parents to provide an education of excellence from a Biblical worldview based on North American curriculum. West Nairobi School strives to nurture the academic, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual development of the whole child.
The vision of West Nairobi School is to create life-long learners by providing an education of excellence founded on Biblical principles.
From The Director
Welcome to West Nairobi School!
As the new Director at West Nairobi School (WNS) I have felt a warm welcome to Kenya and West Nairobi School. For those families returning to WNS – welcome back. To our new families – welcome to a very special school. Located in one of the most beautiful areas of Nairobi in Karen, West Nairobi School (WNS) is a fantastic place for students. Since 1996 WNS has been committed to providing the highest quality of 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.
WNS is a special place because God is here. At WNS students learn in classrooms that are supportive, encouraging, and welcoming. And parents are always welcome to visit, relax on campus, or share a cup of tea or coffee in the office.
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. Our graduates are prepared for success in universities around the world.
I invite you to explore our website, or better still to make an appointment to visit the campus. Thank you for visiting our website.
Statement Of Faith
We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God (Exodus 24:4; Psalms 19:7-10; Luke 24:44; Matthew 5:17-18), without error in the original writings (Deuteronomy 4:1-2), the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of man, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith, life, and conduct (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
We believe in one God (John 10:30), Creator of all things (Genesis 1:1), infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).
We believe that Jesus Christ, without any change in His eternal deity (John 10:31-38; Hebrews 1:3), became man through conception of the Holy Spirit and virgin birth (Luke 1:31-35), that He died on the cross (Mark 15:23-26; John 19:16-18), a perfect and complete sacrifice, in our stead and for our sin according to the Scriptures (Hebrews 9:13-15; Ephesians 1:6-7). He arose bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven (1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 1:6-11) where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate (Hebrews 2:16-17).
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ (John 16:13-14) and, during this age, to convict of sin and regenerate the sinner upon belief in Christ (John 16:7-12; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:11); at the time of regeneration baptizing the believer into the one body of which Christ is the head (Galatians 3:26-28) and to indwell, guide, instruct, fill, and empower the believer for godly living and service (Romans 8:26-27 & 15:13; Proverbs 3:5-6).
We believe that man was directly created by God in His own image (Genesis 1:27), but fell into sin (Genesis 3). The entire human race is, therefore, lost and only through repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10), faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:4-9), and regeneration of the Holy Spirit, can salvation and spiritual life be obtained (Romans 8:13-14).
We believe that the atoning death of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground of justification and salvation for all who believe (John 14:6; Acts 4:12), and that only such as receive Jesus Christ by personal faith are born of the Holy Spirit and by Him sealed to the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30).
We believe in the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 4:1), and that the hope of His appearing has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer (2 Timothy 1:8-10).
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all the dead (Romans 8:11), of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord (Romans 4:7-8), and of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting and conscious punishment (Matthew 25:46; Hebrews 10:29).
We believe that the Church is composed of all such persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ, of which He is the head (Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13).
We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during this present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as a means of salvation (Matthew 28:19; Acts 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29).
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as will honor and glorify and not bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord, and that it is commanded of God to remain separate from false doctrine, sinful pleasures, practices, and associations (Ephesians 5:25-27; 1 Peter 2:11).
education of excellence founded on Biblical principles.
Below are the Expected School-Wide Learning Results, or ESLRs for West Nairobi School. The ESLRs are the guides by which we develop, revise, and implement our academic standards as well as our extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. WNS’ ESLRs are divided into three domains in accordance with the school’s mission statement.
The three domains for WNS’ ESLRs are:
TEACHING TRUTH | TRAINING MINDS | IMPACTING THE KINGDOM
Download the detailed ESLRs version
West Nairobi School is dually accredited by both the Middle States Association Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
WHAT DOES ACCREDITATION MEAN?
Accreditation means that West Nairobi School’s academic program and school environment have been examined and validated by two internationally recognized accrediting agencies, MSA-CESS and ACSI.
For more information about ACSI accreditation, follow the link to the ACSI website here.
For more information about MSA-CESS accreditation, follow the link to the MSA websitehere.
West Nairobi School is an International Christian co-ed (mixed) day school from Kindergarten to high school (12th grade). WNS also has Early Childhood Learning Center for students 4 – 5 years old.
West Nairobi School History – Then and Now
In the early 1990’s the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) faced the challenge of providing an affordable, quality, North American Christian education for children of SIL families while on missions. The lack of affordable international education resulted in some SIL families being forced to return to their home countries to meet the educational needs of their children. To address this challenge, SIL opened West Nairobi School with 42 students in kindergarten through eighth grade in September 1996. A facility on 2.2 acres of land on Argwings Kodhek Road in the Kilimani area of Nairobi was rented for classes. A small high school boarding program also began soon after.
In November 1996 war erupted in Zaire and all SIL families were evacuated, some to Nairobi. This increased the WNS student enrollment to 88. Faculty evacuated from Tethy Academy joined the WNS staff. Previous combination classes could now be divided, and WNS had individual teachers for every grade level. By September of 1997 the WNS leadership began the task of locating land on which to build a permanent facility.
That same year ninth and tenth grades were added. By 1999 enrolment had increased to 148 students. Land was purchased in the Nairobi western suburb of Karen on Miotoni Lane. In March 2000 the school moved to its newly constructed facility and graduated its first senior class the same year in July. The following August a computer lab was opened in the main administrative building and instructors were added for band, music and art. The 2000-2001 school year began with a complete staff of qualified administrators, teachers, and support personnel.
New buildings were added as student numbers increased. The tradition of academic excellence, christian values and strong sense of school pride also continued to grow. Today, WNS is proud to provide a North American curriculum christian education to children of diplomats, expat business people, Kenyan families, and missionaries.
The faculty and staff at WNS 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.
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. West Nairobi School does not discriminate in admissions policies on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or national origin.
Network International Christian School (NICS)
In 2003, WNS became part of the Network of International Christian Schools (NICS). NICS operates 17 international schools in 16 countries around the world, including one online school.
Being part of a large network of International schools benefits West Nairobi School students by:
Aiding in recruiting highly qualified professional educators — the NICS Home Office aids in the recruitment of WNS faculty.
Providing the opportunity for WNS teachers to network with other educators around the world – teachers share information, advice and expertise with hundreds of professional teachers in NICS schools.
Ensuring students receive a world-class education by providing strict governance and accreditation standards for WNS.
Helping prepare WNS teachers for working in an international school – new NICS teachers attend training designed specifically for educators working with international students.
The mission of NICS is to establish a worldwide network of international Christian schools staffed by qualified Christian educators, instilling in each student a Biblical world-view in an environment of academic excellence and respect for people of all cultures and religions.
Visit www.nics.org to learn more about NICS.