History, Purpose and School Philosophy

Brief History:  Rosslyn Academy began as Mara Hills School in northern Tanzania in 1947, as a school for children of Mennonite missionaries.  In 1967, the school was moved to its present location in Nairobi, and the name was changed to Rosslyn Academy.  The Baptist Mission became co-owners and managers in 1976, and the Assemblies of God Mission became the third sponsoring agency in 1988.  After moving to a full K-12 program, the school celebrated its first graduating class in 1991.  Today, Rosslyn has grown to its current capacity of approximately 660 students from over fifty different nations.

Purpose:  Rosslyn Academy provides a North American-curriculum, Christian educational program (preschool to 12) to families in Kenya, giving first priority for enrollment to families employed by Christian missionary agencies.  We welcome other students who are in harmony with Rosslyn values and who show evidence of potential for academic success and future leadership.

Mission:  Rosslyn Academy inspires and equips each student to develop their God-given gifts for Christ-like service in the world community.

Core Values: Christ-likeness, Community, Service, Intellectual Virtue, and Excellence (See ‘Core Values’ page for more detail).

Institutional Philosophy: Rosslyn Academy’s philosophy is enthusiastically and unapologetically Christian.  This Christian educational philosophy is strengthened and enriched by a variety of Christian traditions that build upon core Christian beliefs and theology (see ‘Statement of Faith’).  Rosslyn has forged an intentional philosophy of openness, acceptance, sensitivity toward others, and an appreciation for the cultural differences that each brings to this community.  As the Apostle Paul stated, “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body.  So it is with Christ.  For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body…, and we were all given the one Spirit to drink” (I Corinthians 12:12-13 NIV).

Educational Philosophy:  Rosslyn Academy believes that each person is divinely equipped, uniquely gifted, and worthy of respect and dignity.  Rosslyn Academy is concerned for the whole person and strives to develop each aspect of life: spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and physical. The school helps students to become disciplined, creative learners who learn to balance the pursuit of personal development with service-oriented values within the home, church and society.