Over 14 private schools have been feted every year to have a chance to win the ‘great places to school’ awards. This past year, over six private schools received awards for being the best in governance, academics, character development, child safety and security, creativity, and career development.
To have the ability to adapt such rigorous activities for the children, the schools charge from Ksh 50,000 to over Ksh 1 million on school fees per term. Many of these schools offer excellent boarding experience, tuition with international grade systems, health care, and food delicacies spread across different cuisines.
Top 10 Most Expensive Schools in Kenya Today
Below are some of the most expensive schools based on their tuition fees, boarding, among other criteria.
1. International School of Kenya
This is the most expensive school in the country charging over two million shillings every term. Located in the outskirts of Nairobi along Kiwara road, they have been among the best private schools the past four decades.
They have a North American curriculum as well as the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBEC). With its high-quality education, news visibility, school profile, and general outlook of the school, it has been ranking as high as number seven in the top 100 best high school in Africa by Africa Almanac.
Here’s a look at part of their fee structure:
|Applicable Items||Approximate Fees (Ksh)|
|Grade 1 – 5||2,600,000|
|Grade 6 – 8||2,700,000|
|Grade 9 – 10||2,900,000|
|Grade 11 – 12||3,000,000|
2. Greensteds International School
Founded in 1936, this international school offers IGSCE classes up to grade 13. Their fee is about one million shillings per term: as you can see from the table below. It is located just sixteen kilometers from Nakuru town.
This prestigious school has education programs from the age of two to 18. They have a broad British curriculum, playgroup, creche, nursery, and reception available.
|Applicable Items||Approximate Fees (Ksh)||Plus Boarding|
|Years 1 – 4||1500,000||440,000|
|Years 5 – 7||230,000||550,000|
|Years 8 – 11||300,000||650,000|
|Years 12 – 13||374,000||734,000|
3. St Andrews Turi
St Andrews is an international boarding private school with a Christian background. Allowing multicultural students, they offer high-quality British curriculum classes as well as other extracurricular activities.
Its located in Turi, between Kericho and Nakuru county, near Molo town. In a term, fees vary between Ksh 900,000 to Ksh 995,000.
|Group||Day Students||Weekly Boarders||Full Boarders|
|Years 1 & 2||304,000||578,000||608,000|
|Years 3 & 4||411,000||600,000||632,000|
|Years 5 & 6||440,000||643,000||677,000|
|Years 7 & 8||475,000||694,000||730,000|
|Years 9 – 11||520,000||750,000||840,000|
|Years 12 & 13||592,000||864,000||909,000|
4. Brookhouse School
Located in Langata along Magadi road is a majestic and artistically structured private school. Brookhouse offers British curriculum for international students for a fee of Ksh 1,000,000 per term.
With a part-day and boarding programs, the fee could vary depending on additional amenities offered to your child. They can accommodate your loved one from an early age of two up to 19 years of age.
Below is an approximate school fee structure for the previous year.
|Applicable Items||Approximate Tuition Fees (Ksh)||Plus boarding|
|Pre-school (little brookies)||80,000||–|
|Years 2 – 5||530,000||900,000|
|Years 6 – 8||580,000||1,000,000|
|Years 9 – 11||640,000||1,060,000|
|Years 12 – 13||660,000||1,080,000|
5. Peponi School
- The Peponi school is located in Ruiru, Kiambu county, along Thika road. They have excellent British National Curriculum offered to students in upper and lower classes.
- As you can see from the table below, they also have day scholars, weekly borders, and full boarders. In a term, you can spend about Ksh 900,000 for a full boarder. Besides the tuition fee stated below, there are other additional costs including;
- Caution deposits – Ksh 350,000
Student pass – Ksh 5,000
|Chargeable Items||Charges Per Term (Ksh)|
|Application and Registration||15,000|
6. Hillcrest International School
Situated amid other prestigious private schools in the Karen suburbs, Hillcrest international school offers the British Curriculum to children from grades 9 to 13. It was founded in 1975, and it’s still progressing to accommodate more students.
Their average fee per term is about Ksh 782,000 with a depreciating value for lower classes. This fee is exclusive of any transportation fee, lunch, boarding, or caution deposits.
The Kenneth Matiba owned international school fee structure for the previous year reveals a standard fee of Ksh 635,000 for grades 9 to 11 and Ksh 671,000 for grades 12 and 13. Their weekly boarding is set to Ksh 275,000.
7. Braeburn Imani International School
Similar to its sister school Braeside, Braeburn International school, is located in Nairobi, Lavington area along Gitanga road. They have a broad reach of over nine campuses throughout the country, all offering the British curriculum.
Their fee, as seen below, is as high as over a million shillings payable in a term. Despite the Ksh 50,000 in deposits, extra costs include lunch at Ksh 92,400, transport at Ksh 155,000 for regular and Ksh 275,000 for the door to door transport.
|Group||Tuition Fees (Ksh)|
|Nursery (afternoon care)||67,000|
|Years 1 – 6||1,352,000|
|Years 7 – 9||1,420,000|
|Years 12 & 13 ( BTEC)||1,621,000|
8. Gems Cambridge International School
Another private high charging school located in Nairobi’s Karen area is Gems. Along the Magadi road, this Cambridge International school offers the British curriculum from children aged two to 18.
The amount payable per term is approximately Ksh 1.6 million just for tuition. Weekly boarding attracts another Ksh 540,000 and full boarding charges Ksh 690,000. Their fee is commonly paid in USD.
9. The Nairobi Academy
- Another addition to the Karen area is the Nairobi Academy. An international school open for children between the ages of seven and thirteen. As you can see from the fee structure below, they charge a stunning Ksh 717,000 per term.
- Additional charges include;
- Health care, ambulance, and emergency services – Ksh 1000
- Internet charges – 3,500
- Lunch – Ksh 20,000
Outdoor pursuit- Ksh 17,000
|12 & 13||717,000|
10. The Banda School
Lastly, the banda school. Located in Langata right next to the National park along Magadi road, they offer British curriculum as well. A termly pay of Ksh 585,000 will a depreciating value for lower classes. They have classes for nursery one and two, reception and years one to eight.