Where do you think Africa’s most expensive school is located? Well, International Schools Database as recently as April 2017 completed an analysis of the cost of schooling in any of the international schools around the world. And in this year’s edition as always, the survey utilized a database of international schools in the world to arrive at the result.

As shocking as it may sound, International School of Kenya was named one of the most expensive in Africa.

Based on the report, one pupil of the school pays as massive as  Sh2.7 Million every year – which primarily makes the school specifically for the rich.

Three institutions including Rosslyn Academy, Banda School, and Kenton Preparatory School followed in second, levying the student up to Sh1.5 Million every year.

Hillcrest and other elite international schools followed in behind with their school fees standing between Sh428,000 and Sh1.4 Million.


Furthering, the survey noted that Nairobi harbours the learning institutions with the highest tuition fees in Africa.

Nevertheless, the report named Shanghai, China, as the most high priced city by fees that shelters international schools demanding Sh3.4 million from every child every year.

In calculating the cost of each international school, the system used the whole cost of a complete term for one 6-year old child, removing one-time fees like enrollment fee, application fee, and other miscellaneous costs.

An excerpt from the survey reads:

“To calculate the price of international schools we used the whole price of a full term for one 6-year old child, excluding one-time fees like enrollment fee, application fee, etc.”

Also, note that only the cities with seven or more international schools were used as the sample size of this entire survey.

The international schools ranking system additionally made use of the price of rent, rounded up on Expatistan.com in determining the Monthly rent for a renovated 85 m2 furnished apartment, in a high-end area of the city on April 1st, 2017. Again, prices were all changed from the local currency into USD using the current exchange rate valid on April 1st, 2017.

The essence of International Schools Database is to give parents the insight of the total costs of giving their child quality education in international schools around the world. They do this every year in order to maintain the freshness of the data of the most current and updated Ranking of Most Expensive International Schools.

In hierarchical order, Africa’s nine expensive schools are; Africa Leadership Academy, South Africa, International School of Kenya, Lincoln Community School, Ghana, Cairo American College, Egypt, Malvern College, Egypt, Hilton College, South Africa, Roedean School, South Africa, American International School, Nigeria, Nairobi Rosslyn Academy, Kenya.

An Exclusive Inside Look At Africa’s 2nd-Placed Most Expensive School

The International School of Kenya is the most expensive school in Kenya and the second in Africa, according to a recent analysis by the International Schools Database.

Situated on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, the pricey academic institution boasts three schools –  the Elementary school, the Middle School, and the High School. The Elementary session takes care of learners from pre-kindergarten to grade 5, the middle school houses grades 6-8 learners, while the High School tutors grades 9-12.

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Like it’s found in other International schools, ISK learners are mostly taught by foreign teachers from countries like the US, the UK, Canada, among others. For each school, a qualified school head, teaching staff, and counselor are assigned for its smooth running.

Each school has its own principal and counselor, and largely its own teaching staff, though some subject staff is shared. Teachers are predominantly from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

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The International School of Kenya is not just mostly sought after in Africa because of its innovative curriculum, but also because sports, arts and other essential things are part of the learner’s day-to-day life.

In addition to their respective classes, each school has recreational areas, where school sports like basketball, tennis, volleyball, track and field events, swimming, cricket, and football take place.

The school also boasts libraries, arts centre, sports facilities, and cafeteria, which are all shared by the three schools.

What Does It Take To Enroll At ISK?

Regardless of the downward movement of the economy, parents/guardians are still prepared to fork out a large amount of money to ensure their children are enrolled at the best institution this year.

With over 800 students from about 80 nationalities studying in the International School of Kenya, the international-standard high school sure makes a lot of money from parents. Although the institution’s high-priced school fees are in part due to high-quality education, it’s considered quite expensive, especially by middle-class families.

In recent time, competition for available spots in international schools from local nationals is fast becoming the order of the day, especially, among non-English speaking countries.

A look at the school’s 2017/2018 fee schedule shows intending learners are expected to purchase the application form with a sum of $400. A one-time capital levy costs parents $9,250, while tuition (which cover educational and operational expenses) varies.

ISK 2017-2018 Fees Shedule: Pre Kindergarten – $15,163, Kindergarten $24,004, Grades 1 – 5 $25,326, Grades 6 – 8 $26,465, Grades 9 – 10 $27,959, and Grades 11 – 12 $29,072.

In addition to this, learners pay an annual Capital Levy of $ 1,250 and an optional bus fee of $1,900.

Brief History Of International School Of Kenya

While ISK’s fees may be over the top, it’s fast becoming filthy rich parents’ go-to on academics.

Founded in 1476 and formed from the 210293 Nairobi International School (NIS), the institution was officially renamed the International School of Kenya sometime around 1976 after the United States Embassy and Canadian High Commission were given the power to run the school, as its initial operators faced serious financial challenges. The school ground (25-hectares) was formerly a coffee plantation.

The International School of Kenya is accredited by The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) and a member of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA), The Council of International Schools and Round Square.

Having made it way in 2003 as the 7th best high schools in Africa and then the second most expensive school in 2017, the International School of Kenya can be described as the place to be for those who can afford the cash.

To its credit, it has produced prominent men and women of different social classes, including English photojournalist, Dan Eldon and Canadian author and dietitian, Karen Graham.

Are There Other Elite Schools In Kenya?

The answer is yes. In addition to Rosslyn Academy, The Banda School and Kenton College Preparatory School are other expensive schools in Nairobi.

Nairobi-based Rosslyn accepts KSH 675,918 ($7,415) for tuition fee per term, Banda, also based in Nairobi takes KSH 695,000 ($7,625) per term, while learners at Greensteds International School pay KSH 1,010,000 ($11,085) per term.

Others are St. Andrews School (Turi), Brookhouse School (Nairobi), Peponi School (Ruiru), Hillcrest School (Nairobi), Braeburn Imani International School (Thika), Gems Cambridge International School (Nairobi).

At St. Andrews, parents are forced to fork out KSH 994,500 ($10,915) per term just to have their children tutored. Same goes for Brookhouse School, which accepts KSH 830,000 ($9,110) per term.

Hillcrest and Peponi are apparently on the same line but with a little price difference. While Peponi accepts KSH 792,000 ($8,690), Hillcrest School admits learners for KSH 782,310 ($8,585) per term.

Conclusion: It’s now clear that the elite class doesn’t only go for Harvard and Oxford. Most rich parents enroll their children in most of the aforementioned African learning institutions, which also provide standard and quality education to students from all over the world.

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