Recommended Private High Schools in Nairobi 2023 (Kenyan Curriculum)

Article by Maureen Kasuku
Posted: January 23, 2023  

High school is an important time of life that sets the stage for the rest of a child’s academic and professional future. Finding a suitable secondary school for your post- KCSE teenager in Nairobi can be a daunting task and there are many considerations you should look into.  Here’s our updated list of highly recommended high schools in Nairobi.

Take these factors into account to determine the right fit for your child :

    • Academic Programs Offered– What subjects can your child choose from?
    • Cost– This is very important. How much will it cost you to educate your child?
    • Academic performance– How does the school perform in National exams and how many kids qualify for university every year?
    • Student-Teacher Interaction– What’s the student-teacher relationship  like? Ask the students or former alumni for an objective analysis
    • School Culture- Parents should consider what they expect the school to teach their child about life beyond academics. Like social values, religion and so on. This will determine if a school seems like a joyful place overall.
    • Co- Curricular activities- It’s vital for students to get involved outside the classroom through Co-curricular activities to stimulate them and not make learning a dull activity.


 Here are Top 10 Private Nairobi High Schools offering a comprehensive Kenyan Curriculum (Not ranked):

“Strath”, as it’s affectionately known by students and alumni, is a private, Catholic all-boys high school in Lavington Nairobi. It’s revered for its excellent academic performance and ranked as one of  the top 100 performing schools in KCSE examinations every year. The rugby power house has a 90% university transition rate. It has a rich history with famous alumni including:

            *School Fees/ Year: Ksh 250,000+/year

Kianda School is a private, all-girls day school with a Catholic ethos located in the Westlands area of Nairobi. It’s considered Strath’s “Sister” School. Kianda is renowned for it’s excellent facilities and impressive academic performance with almost all the girls transitioning to university every year. If your daughter loves to sing, this is the school for them. Their school choir is always bagging awards.

Notable alumni:

    *School Fees/ Year: Ksh 180,000+/year

Located in Karen, Light Academy has been the best performing school in KCSE in the city since 2016. The all-boys boarding school is also renowned for  being the first school to host the East African Round of the world-famous World Scholar’s Cup.  

Light Academy prides itself for establishing a popular, unique project dedicated to the environment-Golden Climate International Project Olympiad (GCIEPO)-which they host annually. GCIEPO is the biggest competition of its kind in East and Central Africa.

    *School Fees/ Year: Ksh 150,000+/year

Aga Khan High School, Nairobi is a private co-educational, multicultural day secondary school. The school is situated in Westlands, along Waiyaki Way and offers  KCSE, IGCSE and GCE curricula. 

They offer lots of extra-curricular activities in school including: swimming, drama, music, basketball, and tennis. They perform exceptionally well in intercounty sports and offer students a robust learning environment.

*School fees- 180,000+ /year

An all-girls Catholic high school located in Lavington, they have day schooling and optional  boarding. Offering KCSE and IGCSE curriculum. Loreto Convent Msongari ranks high in secondary-college transition. Notable alumni of Msongari include:

 Julie Gichuru, 

Gaye Fernandez, 

Sheila Mugambi-Ngatia and 

Karungari Mutu among others.


    *School Fees/ Year: Ksh 150,000+/year


Saint Mary’s School, commonly known as just Saints, is a private boys’ day school owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi. It offers KCSE, IGCSE and IBDP certification.  

They are considered Loreto Msongari’s “brother school”. Saints are renowned nationally as a rugby powerhouse. It has consistently produced strong swimmers who’ve represented Kenya in continental and international championships.

   Notable alumni include:

 *School Fees/ Year: Ksh 180,000+/year    

An all-girls boarding school in Imara Daima. Riara prides itself in offering holistic education that focuses on the intellectual, emotional, psychological, social, spiritual and physical development of girls between the ages of 14 and 18. They have a special Mandarin language program in conjunction with the Confucius institute of Nairobi. 

    *School Fees/ Year: Ksh 150,000+/year

A co-ed Catholic school in Nairobi, Consolata has been posting good KCSE results over the past two decades. They offer an array of co-curricular activities like football, swimming, basketball, volleyball, athletics, table tennis, badminton and a wide range of indoor games.

Year-round inter-school and inter-house sporting programmes are organised by the sports department to provide opportunities for healthy competition. They’ve produced some of the best swimmers around. 

    *School Fees/ Year: Ksh 150,000+/year

Wamy High School  

Wamy High School is considered one of the best Islamic schools in Nairobi. It’s a co-ed day school that offers an integrated KCSE curriculum (a combination of Secular and Islamic curriculum). They produced stellar results in the KCSE examination in 2015 and were ranked as one of the best performing schools in Kenya

*School Fees/ Year: Ksh 80,000+/year

 Sunshine Secondary School

Popularly known as Triple S, Sunshine Secondary is an all-boys boarding secondary school in Langata Nairobi. They are a basketball powerhouse and have made their mark in national tournaments. Sunshine has consistently produced stellar KCSE performances over the years.

*School Fees/Year Ksh 150,000+/year

*IMAGE: Strathmore High School (Courtesy)

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