Mt. Kenya Academy

About Us


Our Vision

To be a leadership resource center for Africa and beyond for generations to come.


Our Mission

To provide the finest education possible for future leaders by informing the mind, developing the body, and enlightening the spirit. We graduate scholars, artists, athletes, and community leaders. The school nurtures the whole person in a supportive environment which values Christian principles.




Strive for the peak


Integrity as a way of life


Create a collaborative environment


Empower to innovate

Environmental & Social Responsibility

Impactful environmental and community programs that nurture future leaders


Resources and infrastructure available enable self reliance


International exposure to build self confidence


Our Heritage & History.

Mount Kenya Academy was founded in 1982 by Mr & Mrs. Mwangi. Originally, the school was situated at the Nyeri Kindergarten premises but relocated to its current location in 1983. In 2004, the Senior School wing was started.

Ever since the first MKA class sat KCPE examination in 1988, the Junior School has ranked among the most successful schools in Kenya on KCPE performance. Its graduates have gone on to excellent government and private secondary schools and then to Universities in Kenya, the UK, the USA, Canada and Australia. Many of them who have completed their studies now have high profile jobs in Kenya and abroad.

For a long time there was a desire to start a Secondary School based on the same strong cultural principles of the Junior School. In the past, when a student graduated from MKA, parents were faced with the difficult task of finding a similar happy learning environment – one which provided high academic standards, individual attention and broad social and co-curricular activities in a secure non-urban atmosphere.

In January 2004, MKA Senior School fulfilled this need voiced by so many parents. It is a school that benefits from the rich heritage and record of success of the neighboring Junior School. The school is a coeducational establishment offering predominantly boarding places. Students of all faiths find a warm welcome at the school.


Our Historical Timeline

We are proud of how far Mount Kenya Academy has come and we strive to continue providing quality education and nurturing leaders.


Start From The Beginning

The School was started by Mr. & Mrs. Charles Mwangi at the Nyeri Kindergarten site in Nyeri town.

Mount Kenya Academy moved to its present location in Nyeri.

Build From Zero



Grow To The Sky

The first class to seat for KCPE examination & since then it has been ranked at the top in Kenya.

The inception of MKA Senior School. This fulfilled the need voiced by the community.

Strive For The Peak



Pupil Care

Mount Kenya Academy (MKA) prides itself on providing students with a strong foundation for a fulfilling and successful life. Our desire is to educate, nurture, and develop future leaders. Our education philosophy is anchored on the premise that every child is unique. As such, our programmes and practices are aligned towards enabling every learner attain excellence in what they are gifted in. The learners are therefore mentored and supported by an excellent team of staff members who are dedicated to their success, wellness, and well-being. At Mount Kenya Academy you encounter a community of friendly, hardworking people who care for one another and whose sole purpose is to mould confident future leaders.


message from the director

“If you can’t climb a mountain, then climb a hill. That’s much better than standing still. There’s a way if you got the will, and little by little you’re there. Good things that are here to stay, don’t get done in just one day. Once you start you’re on your way, so keep on going…”

These words from one of our favourite songs are a perfect description of the Mount Kenya Academy spirit. It is a place of great excitement, where everyone strives to reach high levels of performance whether in class or field and they do so with passion and enthusiasm. The individual child remains our focus. It is our intention to deliberately expose each student to the holistic education that assists them to become a responsible global citizen. Once out there, we want them to face challenges head-on. The well balanced curriculum ensures that every child leaving Mount Kenya Academy transitions to their next phase with ease and confidence. And that honesty, integrity, loyalty and self-discipline become virtues of great value. Our learners will therefore have both roots and wings that will enable them apply acquired knowledge and skills in all aspects of their lives.

I am especially proud of the various community service programs where Mount Kenya Academy assisted by friends of the school reaches out to the community and constructs libraries, builds or renovates classrooms and provides lunches for neighbouring primary school pupils. The successful women micro-finance program, managed by the Senior School students, has touched and improved lives over the years. These programmes enable our learners appreciate humanity and practise sincere empathy.

We would love to have you visit us or enrol at Mount Kenya Academy and be part of this wonderful community. You need to experience for yourself the warmth, energy and enthusiasm that define Mount Kenya Academy.

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