Mount Kenya Academy Senior School is an outstanding educational resource that offers secondary education with the options of the Cambridge International Curriculum (IGCSE) as well as the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE). The school is equipped and furnished to satisfy the full range of every student’s intellectual and physical needs.
The school has ties to both the Westminster Schools and the First Presbyterian Church, of Atlanta, Georgia, USA. These links provide international exposure and experience for our students through constant engagement and exchange programs.
With both curricula, we have posted exemplary results over the years. We pride ourselves on the time and attention we dedicate to each of our students.
We provide special programs, personalized remedial programs in all subjects, and student support services.
MKA offers KCSE and IGCSE curricula. We have posted exemplary results over the years. We pride ourselves in exposing our students to a wide range of subjects. We offer the following:
- Art and Design
- Food and Nutrition
- Business studies
- English language
- English literature
- Physical education & Sports
- Computer Studies
- Home Science
- Business studies
- Art and Design
Our small classes allow teachers to attend to each according to their needs.
Our well-equipped Computer laboratories and E-learning Centre provide connectivity, hardware and software to cater to the requirements of our students. These facilities are accessible to all students during school hours. Technology has encouraged collaboration and engagement in the learning process.
Science forms a key part of Mount Kenya Academy with students being able to study Physics, Biology and Chemistry. We have three well-designed laboratories which not only make learning Science experiments fun but also help students in achieving better academic results. Our modern facilities enable learners to conduct research and develop scientific skills.
We offer individual and class lessons in Piano, Voice, Woodwinds, Brasses, Percussion and Strings. Students also play together in the Band, Orchestra and the Choir. The School prepares students for both practical and Theory examinations of Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and London College of Music (LCM) in various instruments.We also cover all aspects of the IGCSE and KCSE Music Curriculum.
Art & Design
Art allows students to express themselves. It gives students an outlet for their creativity. Every subject can be taught either in combination with art or through art. With the help of the teacher, students develop aesthetic awareness and use the creative process in building problem solving skills.
The school has a comprehensive Art program that develops students’ skills in crafts, design, painting and other forms of visual expression. The lessons involve plenty of teacher student interactions.
Coding & Robotics
Mount Kenya Academy utilizes modern technology to prepare our students for future job and career opportunities. We offer coding and computer programming as part of our curriculum, with the belief that learning to code improves academic performance as well as logic, problem-solving, and other broadly applicable thinking skills. We also have a well-curated Robotics program, which gives students the chance to explore their creativity and become future innovators.
We offer full boarding. Boarding students enjoy a vibrant and homely atmosphere within the boarding house and live in modern and comfortable rooms. We believe that boarding has many advantages, not least of which are learning about the tolerance, compromise, kindness and responsibility so necessary when living in a community. We expect all boarders to play a full part in the school’s boarding community and to seek to improve it for the good of everyone. Boarding staff set standards and enforce rules for the good of all, but with a lightness of touch.
They are dedicated to providing support, care and a framework in which the boys can develop as individuals. Boarding staff include a full time resident and qualified nurse and a house parent who are available 24/7 to respond to the needs of students. The house parent works under the direction of assistant boarding master and boarding master, both senior teachers, to provide the much needed parental guidance, care, supervision and homely environment to the students.
The boys and girls eat together but go to their separate houses for homework and going to bed. Boarding facilities include spacious cubicles and a multipurpose common room where a number of activities take place e.g.
- Indoor games
- Private studies
A fire procedure with routine fire drills takes place on a regular basis as part of the safety procedures for our boarding students. All these ensure that the children are very safe. G4S Guards, School Security and Administration Police all provide security for the School
Boarders are not allowed to have mobile phones and laptops in the school. However, parents are allowed to call the children through the Schools’ mobile phones from 4-4:30 pm.
Boarding at Mount Kenya Academy comprises the larger part of the School community. As such it shares the principles, aims and practices of the whole school, but also defines others for itself. It is our aim that the boarders form a co-operative, tolerant and purposeful community in which every member can feel comfortable and accepted, and to which all are encouraged to contribute. The policies and practices which follow are designed to achieve this aim. We recognize that boarding is a very different type of life to that experienced by living at home; that both have attractions and detraction; that both offer differing opportunities but also require concessions.
We recognize that every pupil will respond distinctively to the experience and hope that we as a School will be able to cater individually for each pupil’s needs. We also encourage each pupil to appreciate their corporate responsibility to the welfare of the House as a whole, and that it is in the balance between their rights and responsibilities that all our interests will be best served. However daunting they may at first appear, most of the systems will become very familiar to boarders surprisingly quickly. There will be urgent issues at the beginning such as uniform, timetable, layout of the school and the daily routine, which will be covered in induction sessions in the first few days.
Although boarding is second nature to those of us who have lived and worked with it for years, it can present emotional difficulties for many new pupils and their families, especially in the first few weeks and months.
We hope that you will feel able to talk to us about any homesickness that does occur so that we can share our experience of it and try to help. Awareness that the House is a boarder’s “home” will be important to remember for successful integration and depending friendships. Boarders are not allowed to have mobile phones and laptops in the school. However, parents are allowed to call the children through the Schools’ mobile phones from 4-4:30 pm.
Our beautiful campus is situated in the foothills of Mt. Kenya in a serene and conducive learning environment. We set very high expectations for our students who are educated to be innovative, self-confident, excellent, and resilient and to serve. We nurture talent in Music, Sports and other extra-curricular activities alongside excellence in academic performance.
MKASS is purposefully small as we value family and wish to offer individualized attention to all learners. Our students stay in rooms with a welcoming ambiance under close supervision of boarding staff. Nursing services are offered on campus for any emergency.
Our experienced faculty guides learners to set targets and track their progress so that they take responsibility of their learning. Formative assessments provide important feedback regarding the next steps to promote learning. Our learners have two summative assessments per term, the Midterm and End term examinations.
We provide modern facilities such as a well-equipped ICT lab, Music Centre, Art room, Library, Science labs and an e-learning centre to expose our learners to diverse learning experiences. Digital learning is emphasized in all disciplines. Our students are expected to carry out projects to develop their research, innovation and communication skills.
Our school has a Swimming pool, a Tennis court, a Basketball court, Soccer, Rugby and Netball fields to develop talent. Our knowledgeable and skilled team provides an extraordinary experience. We have clubs and school programmes which provide opportunities for learners to develop transferable skills such as team work and innovation. These include the President’s Award, Model United Nations (MUN), Environmental, Young Farmers, Photography, First Aid, Microfinance and Debate.
Field excursions to destinations such as the Batian’s view help our learners to bond; develop self-confidence, teamwork and resilience. The students graduate having scaled the heights of Mount Kenya to Lenana peak. This is a life changing experience.
Our community service programme prepares our students to support the neighboring population. Through voluntary initiatives, they nurture their talents and collaborate with neighboring primary schools and communities. The Business Studies class supports women in Chaka market to run small businesses as they apply their skills and knowledge in real life situations. All these are captured in their profiles.
We have a tradition of an exchange programme with Westminster schools, in Atlanta, Georgia and host their delegation every year. This provides our students and teachers an opportunity to establish mutually beneficial relationships. Our recently established partnership with Ardingly College in the UK has provided a new momentum for further improvement.
My twenty six years in school leadership has taught me that every learner has something unique that we can nurture. Our student centered approach focuses on learning progress for each learner. At MKASS we have a noble responsibility of guiding the learners to strive for the peak in pursuit of excellence in all aspects of school life and beyond.
We graduate scholars, artists, athletes and leaders in all fields. Our alumni have excelled in their careers, a clear testimony of the quality of our educational experience.
Visit us at MKASS and experience our revamped programmes. We shall be glad to welcome you for a tour of the school and for a placement assessment of your child.
Mr.George Isaboke Macheneri