Information on Aga Khan Academy, MombasaThe Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa is part of a network of schools, called Aga Khan Academies, dedicated to an international level of excellence in every facet of education.

The Academy offers a broad, multidisciplinary education with an emphasis on the humanities. Students study a range of subjects that include, but are not limited to, history; literature; the general sciences comprising physics, biology and chemistry; philosophy and ethics; the mastery of a foreign language and the study of foreign cultures; comparative religion; the history, theory and criticism of the arts; and the social sciences, including political science, government and global economics.

Admission is based solely on merit. It is also means-blind – that is, selection is based not on the ability to pay but on merit determined by a wide range of criteria, including academic strengths and overall potential.


The Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa is implementing the Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate system. The Programme, for students aged 3-11 in grades 1-6, focuses on the development of the whole child, addressing social, physical, cultural and ethical requirements, while giving students a strong foundation in all of the major areas of knowledge. In January 2005, The Aga Khan Academy (Junior), Mombasa, received “Candidate School” status from the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).

Students in the Middle Years Programme, for ages 11-16, are immersed in a challenging and enriching educational environment which emphasises the mastery of basic skills, the ability to analyse and think critically, the development of self-discipline and good work habits, the acquisition of computer literacy and progressive skill development. The Programme offers Key Stage 3 (Grades 7-9) and the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) (Grades 10-11). IGCSE, one of the Cambridge International Examinations, is internationally recognised as equivalent to the UK GCSE and the International GCE O level examinations. IGCSE (core or extended curriculum) is taken in five subject groups: languages, humanities, sciences, mathematics and creative, technical and vocational. In due course, Key Stage 3 and IGCSE will be replaced with the Middle Years Programme (MYP) of the IBO.

At the Senior School, the Academy is incorporating the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) for students aged 16-18. This is a two-year course of study that prepares students for university. All DP students study languages, a social science, an experimental science, mathematics and an arts subject. Each student’s performance is evaluated by independent examiners and measured by his or her levels of knowledge and skills relative to set standards applied to all schools.

The Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa is an IB World School. It began introducing the IB Diploma Programme in September 2005. The IB has become the curriculum of choice at international schools and academies worldwide. It is accepted by over 1700 universities around the world, including those in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, continental Europe, Australia and in many other regions. The IB has come to be known not only for academic excellence but also for actively encouraging pluralism and community service.


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