The International School of Kenya is jointly owned by the Canadian and US governments, providing a curriculum that draws from rigorous standards and benchmarks from around the world, with the objective of providing a challenging program that allows students to transition to the best schools internationally, as well as to top universities. The program is supplemented by the IB program, which includes both standard and higher level subjects. The school-testing program includes the College Board tests (PSAT and SAT) and Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills. Instruction is in English, French, Spanish, and Swahili are offered as foreign languages.
Located seven kilometres from Westlands on the outskirts of Nairobi, ISK is a coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten to Grade 12. At its picturesque 25 hectare campus established in 1976, ISK provides a well-rounded education to over 850 students who represent 80 nationalities. The school is accredited by CIS and MSA. In 2010, ISK was re-accredited until 2020 by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Council of International Schools. One of its most important goals is to help its students recognize their responsibilities in an increasingly interdependent world. In the elementary school, students develop their basic learning skills in an environment that promotes healthy social, emotional, and physical development. The middle school offers activities that meet the developmental needs of adolescent children. In the high school, students choose from an option-loaded program that includes the International Baccalaureate. This program is suited to all students who are prepared to accept its challenging academic requirements, and those earning the IB diploma are prepared for university entrance nearly everywhere in the world.
The faculty of ISK represents several countries and averages 12 years of classroom experience. Every teacher has a university degree and more than half hold either Masters' or Doctors' diplomas. There are presently over 65 different nationalities enrolled. Ninety percent of graduating seniors are accepted in universities and colleges in the US, Canada, UK and other countries around the world. The school year is composed of 180 instructional days, beginning in mid-August and ending in early June. The end of term holiday in December is three weeks and there are one-week breaks in October and March.
The school has special programs in intercultural and interscholastic sports. An after-school program is provided for students in grades 1 - 12. ISK has a 50-acre campus, 21 buildings (68 classrooms), a fine arts center with theater, a multi-purpose hall, three tennis courts, swimming pool, infirmary, four playing fields, four science labs, three computer labs, library media center, video room, a student center, Learning Resource Center, three outdoor basketball courts as well as an indoor court. Admission is by application and personal interview. ISK offers limited support for students with special learning needs through grade 10. The school also offers support for students who are learning English through grade 10. ISK maintains a scholarship program with priority given to Kenyan citizens wishing to attend the school.
In 2011, a $30 million facilities expansion was launched. Over the next decade, as the facilities master plan is completed, the school will be able to accommodate approximately 1200 students.