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Quick Facts about the Academy

The Aga Khan Academy Mombasa (established 2003)

Location: Kizingo area of Mombasa Island

Campus size: 18 acres of land; campus design inspired by local Swahili architecture



The Aga Khan Academy Mombasa is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School

IB programmes:

  • Primary Years Programme: years 1–5
  • Middle Years Programme: years 6–10
  • Diploma Programme: years 11–12

Aga Khan Curricular Strands, implemented across the curriculum:
Ethics, Pluralism, Cultures (with an emphasis on Muslim civilisations), Governance and Civil Society, and Economics for Development


Staff and students

Faculty numbers: 7 senior management, 70 Senior School faculty, 27 Junior School faculty, 104 administrative staff

Number of students currently enrolled: 687 day and residential students in total: 181 day students in the Junior School; 506 day and residential students in the Senior School, with 270 in residence

Numbers of students and teachers at full capacity: 750 students and 90 teachers, with over 30% of students receiving some form of financial aid

First IB Diploma Programme graduating class: 2007


Residential students

Number of residential students: 270 currently, with full capacity of 300 students

Number of students per room: Between 1 and 4, with second year Diploma Programme students in single or double rooms

Residential facilities: Student lounge with large-screen television, study areas, laundry facilities, dining hall


Campus facilities

Sports facilities: 25-metre swimming pool, diving pool, full-sized sport field, Astroturf field, gym,
three regulation-sized basketball courts, cricket pitch, tennis courts, squash courts, badminton court, volleyball court, netball court and junior play area

Arts facilities: Rooms for fine arts, music, dance; individual music practice booths; music recording area; amphitheatre performance space

Academic areas: Junior School classrooms, Senior School classrooms, science and computer laboratories, multiple-award-winning library and resource centre, arts facilities, music and dance studios

Residential buildings: Six residential blocks: three male and three female; 4–6 dorm parent apartments in each block. Each block has a central atrium, lounge area, ocean view, patio and laundry facilities

Technology: The Aga Khan Academy Mombasa has been named a Microsoft Showcase School, the only school in East Africa to receive this designation


Professional Development Centre

The Aga Khan Academy Mombasa is home to a Professional Development Centre for the advancement of teachers. The primary objective of this centre is to provide professional development that will benefit the wider school system in Kenya.

Programming began in June 2010 with a Professional Learning for Educators Series for teachers in local government, independent and not-for profit schools.

Through the Microsoft Showcase Schools programme, the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa shares ideas globally and supports other schools in Kenya to improve learning and student outcomes through technology.


The Aga Khan Academies network

18 Academies are planned in South and Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
3 Academies are currently operating: Mombasa, Kenya (opened 2003); Hyderabad, India (opened 2011); and Maputo, Mozambique (opened 2013).
When complete, the network will represent 2,000 teachers and 14,000 students (boys and girls), with 1,400 graduates annually.

Institutional partnerships include:

Agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network; universities including Harvard, Oxford, Toronto and University of California, Los Angeles; secondary schools including Phillips Academy, Andover, USA and Schule Schloss Salem, Germany.