This list gives you a snapshot overview of schools in Mombasa that are considered by English-speaking expats... sometimes chosen by parents and sometimes not.
If we haven't reviewed a school, it may just mean we haven't found enough parents yet to give us the reliable reports indicating a full write-up is warranted.
Schools selected for a full GSGI review are in the pipeline, and already indicated below with .
Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa
Mailing Address: PO Box 90066, Mombasa 80100, Kenya
Physical Address: Mbuyuni Road, Kizingo, Mombasa, Kenya
Phone: +254 041 2230 049, 2220 360
Fax: +254 041 2227 982
IB PYP, MYP, and Diploma; IGCSEs. Multi-denominational, co-ed day/boarding school; ages 6-18. 550 students total, with class sizes averaging between 15 and 22 students (max. 25), depending on the grade level. AKA is a large school with a stunning, spacious campus, but its real strength is the International Baccalaureate programme - touted loudly up and down the Coast - and the serious approach to education at all levels. Currently functions as a day school with a handful of boarding students; however, construction on more boarding houses is well underway and the school eventually aims to be 75% boarding. Uniform required.
Braeburn Mombasa International School
Mailing Address: PO Box 83009, Mombasa, Kenya
Physical Address: North of Mombasa Island in Shanzu, along the Serena Hotel road
Phone: +254 (0) 72 384 6878
National Curriculum of England; IGCSEs. Non-denominational, co-ed day/weekly boarding school; ages 3-16. 280 students total; currently 12 Monday-Thursday boarders. Although BMIS is the smallest of the main schools in the area, it is part of the Nairobi-based Braeburn Group and continues to be a popular choice among local parents (including expats). Very strong IGCSE results in recent years. Uniform required.
Mailing Address: PO Box 86487, Mombasa 80100, Kenya
Physical Address: Greenwood Drive, Nyali, just north of Mombasa
Phone: +254 (0)41 471 629/473246
Fax: +254 (0) 41 474 650
National Curriculum of England; IGSCEs; A-levels. Non-denominational, co-ed day school; ages 2-18. 304 students total (just over 30% are expat children). A small school with impressive facilities, Mombasa Academy is lauded for its comfortable balance of academics and sports in a warm, friendly environment. Strong academic results at top levels. Uniform required.
Some special needs are easy to spot, others are only determined once a child has experienced considerable difficulties, frustrations or social and emotional problems.
Over the years, diagnosis of and provision for SEN have improved, but both can still be a minefield.
Identifying different kinds of special educational needs
Few children fit a condition perfectly – if they do, we tend to say they are a ‘classic’ case. Most will not be straightforward: perhaps a dyslexic with dyspraxia and a touch of ADD, or a child with ASD who also has Down’s syndrome.
Just as special needs are hard to…
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Counties such as Kent or Buckinghamshire are ‘selective authorities’ and most families will have at least one grammar school close to where they live. Elsewhere, for example in Reading or Kingston-on-Thames, there are just one or two grammar schools and competition for places at these is ferocious.
How to find a state grammar school
Grammar schools are located in 36 English local authorities. Almost half of these are considered 'selective authorities' (eg Kent and Buckinghamshire), where around one in five local children are selected for grammar school entry based on ability. The others are areas such as Barnet or Kingston,…
As proud parents, we all know our children are unique. They're smarter than anyone else's, funnier, certainly more attractive, better behaved and above all bursting with the kind of talent that would leave Daniel Radcliffe, Jamie Bell and Charlotte Church standing. And for some extraordinary - though totally understandable - reason, everyone but us seems blind to our offspring's God-given artistic gifts.
If you think your child would benefit from a boarding school education, but are put off by the high fees and consequent limited social mix of a typical independent boarding school, you may find that a state boarding school is the answer