Welcome to West Nairobi School!
Dear WNS Parents and Prospective Parents,
Thank you for believing in West Nairobi School! We are honored to be able to partner with you and provide a quality Christian education to your son / daughter.
West Nairobi School started in 1996 and has since grown tremendously. We believe that WNS is God’s school. Our strong Biblical ties are foundational for everything we do (academics, athletics, community, discipling). We also place a strong emphasis on developing the whole child. Our school is best described as a community nurturing students spiritually, socially and emotionally.
This year our school theme is: Impacting the Kingdom: Serve Christ, Show Christ, Share Christ. The Bible verse to go along with our theme is 1 Peter 4:10-11 “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” We look forward to using the gifts God has given us to serve! To serve students, to serve parents, and to serve colleagues.
We believe it is important for students, parents, and the school to come together and partner with one another to set the student up for a successful learning experience. One that will benefit the student for years to come.
We want to extend an invitation for you to come to WNS and set up a meeting. If you have questions or suggestions, we would love to sit down and talk. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
A little bit about me: I have a Bachelors in Secondary Education (Social Studies) from Western Michigan University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University. I have taught in Florida public schools, online, and in Christian schools for 11 years. I have served as Secondary Principal for 5 years. This year marks my 9th year here in Kenya at West Nairobi School. In my free time I like to jog, read books, cook, and play with my boys!
Welcome to West Nairobi Elementary School!
Education has always been my passion, and I love working with children of all ages. Before coming to West Nairobi School, I taught in the American system for 11 years. I have taught elementary, middle and high school, and I worked in both public and private schools in the U.S. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in History and Spanish from Western Kentucky University and a Masters of Education in Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction from Trevecca Nazarene University. I am currently working on my Doctorate of Education in Leadership and Professional Practice and will complete my degree in August of 2021. I have served as both the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and the Elementary Principal at WNS. This marks my third year of service at West Nairobi School.
Charlene E. Beall, M.Ed.
Welcome to West Nairobi Middle & HIGH School!
Hello WNS Family!
It is a great honor to be able to serve your family as the Secondary Principal for the 2020-2021 school year. Thank you for your trust and support as we partner with you to educate your children not just academically but also spiritually, socially and emotionally. I recognize the important and primary role that you as parents play in the education of your children and my door is always open to you. While this year presents some unique challenges, I am confident that together we can provide an excellent education for your children.
Education is my passion and I have been an educator for more than twenty years as both a teacher, public and private school Principal, and a Head of School both in a brick and mortar environment and an online environment. I have spent 11 of those years with the Network of International Christian Schools (NICS) in Indonesia, American and now Kenya. I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology, A Master’s in teaching (MAT) and a graduate certificate in Educational Leadership. All of this experience and training will allow me to serve the WNS community with both passion and purpose.
My family and I are looking forward to becoming a part of the diverse and unique WNS community, so not only will I be a Principal at WNS, but I join you as part of the parent community. My wife Wendy and I have two boys ages 17 and 14 who are excited for this new adventure.
Welcome to West Nairobi School!
For the last three years, I have had the privilege of serving as Finance Director and Facilities Manager. Having served in these capacities in Austria, China, Uganda and here at WNS, has not only given me varied management experience in international settings but an opportunity to share Christ as well.
My educational background is in both construction and business administration. I have a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from the University of Florida and a Masters of Business Administration from University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and assist you with financial matters regarding your child’s education.
West Nairobi School
At WNS students learn about art.
We look at art. We think about art. We talk about art. We MAKE art.
And through these means, these processes, these techniques, the mysterious gift of art is opened and one finds critical thinking, visual literacy, and artistic expression.
On the adventure of art education, students discover the difference between the texture of simple crayons and complex oil pastel. Brush strokes create movement and direction in the gentle tide of waves. Subtle variations of bone structure are examined as self portraits communicate identity. Abstraction causes theory to be defined. Questions of purpose and meaning are asked through artist study.
We ask questions. We erase. We paint. We observe. We play. We make messes. We make meaning. We connect to the world. We learn about art.
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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.
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There’s nothing we love more than introducing families to our community and the learning experience at WNS.
West Nairobi School is open Monday through Friday 7:45 am to 4:15 pm. The school is closed on school and public holidays.
Please note: If you would like to schedule an appointment with admissions or take a school tour, fill the contact form or call to book an appointment.
+254 709-331-000 , +254 733-610-394, or +254 703-610-394
“Committed to excellence in music because we serve an excellent God”
The WNS Music Department seeks to educate and train the student as a complete musician through professional preparation in performance, theoretical and historical studies. Performance preparation in both vocal and instrumental areas is cultivated by individual instruction and ensemble membership. WNS currently offers Middle School Band, Middle School General Music, Middle School Choir, and High School Band. Peripatetic tutoring is also available for students throughout the week.
Elementary students have music classes twice a week and two concerts per year.
Middle school students present two concerts per year as well as present an Easter Chapel service which involves choral singing and dramatic readings.
High school students continue on with the instrumental program -band and string ensemble. The students continue to build on understanding the music theory, aural, musical interpretation, music history, different genres of music and performance skills.
WNS seeks to encourage students to set external music goals and is particularly supportive of ABRSM (Associated Board Of the Royal School of Music) Practical and Theory examinations. WNS is a host site for one of the examination centres for students sitting the practical examinations from an ABSRM examiner from London.
The music department currently has two full-time directors: Mr. Austin Reyna (Elementary, Strings and 6/7th Grade General Music) and Mr. Cody Thomas (Band, 8th Grade General Music, and Choir).
At WNS we aim to provide our students with an education that has incorporated technology.
Our computer labs boost of brand new computers and each grade has a computer lesson in their curriculum. We are now offering on-line courses for high school through our sister school Northstar Academy.
Elementary school integrates their lessons with a Digital Classroom in a box using a Kio Kit as well as Kindles and Chrome books. Our classrooms are equipped with projectors and projector screens that can be used as white boards.
We interact with our students and parents through a web-based tool called Sycamore.
At WNS, we offer programs for students whose first language is not English and for students with minor learning disabilities or who may be slightly behind academically.
Our English Language Learner (ELL) program is offered to students whose first language is not English. Our dedicated teachers work with the students to get them to the level of reading, writing and understanding in English so that they will be successful in the classroom.
Our Education Resource Services (ERS) program is designed for students who have minor learning disabilities or who may be slightly behind academically. We have specially trained teachers whose primary focus is to work with these students so that they successfully achieve their academic goals.
What is Advanced Placement?
The Advantages of Advanced Placement (From the College Board website)
Stand Out in College Admissions
Deciding to take an AP course lets colleges and universities know that you have what it takes to succeed in an undergraduate environment. When admissions officers see “AP” on your transcript, they know that what you experienced in a particular class has prepared you well for the challenges of college. Taking AP is a sign that you’re up for the most rigorous classes your high school has to offer.
Earn College Credits
By taking an AP course and scoring successfully on the related AP Exam, you can save on college expenses: most colleges and universities nationwide offer college credit, advanced placement, or both, for qualifying AP Exam scores. These credits can allow students to save college tuition, study abroad, or secure a second major. AP can transform what once seemed unattainable into something within reach.
Check out specific colleges’ guidelines on accepting AP scores for credit and placement by searching our AP Credit Policy database.
Skip Introductory Classes
If you already know your preferred college major, taking a related AP course and earning a qualifying score on the AP Exam can help you advance and avoid required introductory courses – so you can move directly into upper-level classes and focus on the work that interests you most.
Even taking an AP Exam unrelated to your major – whether or not you know what you want to major in – can place you beyond your college’s general education requirements. This opens up additional time on your schedule, enabling you to do a second major or minor, take exciting electives, or pursue additional interests.
Build College Skills
Taking an AP course builds the skills you’ll need throughout your college years. You give your mind a rigorous workout while polishing up your time management and study skills. You also get better at handling challenging issues and problems, with the support of your AP teachers. AP courses let you know what to expect during the next phase of your educational journey, and help you build the confidence to succeed.
AP Classes offered at WNS…
- AP Biology / AP Chemistry (rotating years)
- AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Language & Composition
- AP Literature & Composition
AP Classes offered at WNS via online…
- AP Human Geography
- AP World History
- AP European History
- AP US History
- AP Statistics
- AP Computer Science – Java
- AP French Language and Culture
- AP Language Spanish and Culture
- AP Music Theory
WNS student percentage taking AP classes
- WNS will have 44 high school students (out of 90 total high school students) take an AP class.
- Between the 44 high school students, a total of 66 Advanced Placement classes will be taken.
AP Test Pass Rate
- The 2018 – 2019 results will be coming in July / August 2019
AP Test Information for 2019 – 2020 School Year
Deadline to register by…
- If you are a non-WNS student and are interested in taking the Advanced Placement test with West Nairobi School the deadline to register is October 4th. Orders for AP tests will be placed the next working day after the deadline.
Cost for registering…
- $200 USD
- It is payable through the Finance Department at WNS.
Who to contact…
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The WNS Guidance Office
The WNS Guidance Office strives to help students reach their full potential academically, socially, and spiritually. Feel free to contact the Guidance Office should you have any questions by calling the school or by emailing the guidance counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org
West Nairobi School is now a testing site for Advanced Placement (AP) and PSAT for Non-WNS students. For more information on test dates and times, email the guidance counselor at email@example.com
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