Rosslyn Academy seeks to educate the whole student, not only academically but spiritually as well. Rosslyn intentionally begins each day with morning devotions and prayer. Each grade’s curriculum also includes a Christian Religious Education (CRE) class. In Grade 6, students take Old Testament Survey; in Grade 7, New Testament Survey; and in Grade 8, Ethics. Students also have the opportunity to participate in an elective discipleship class for one semester.
Each week there is a chapel period comprised of student-led singing and a speaker. In addition to this, the annual Spiritual Emphasis Week sets aside time to particularly focus on knowing God better, and challenging and encouraging students in their walks with Christ.
The Rosslyn Academy student body is culturally diverse with students from over 50 different nationalities. The diverse nature of the student body exposes students to new cultures on a daily basis, and skilled teachers guide students in developing their cross-cultural interaction skills.
One of the highlights of each school year is a three-day field study at locations all across Kenya. The Cultural Field Studies (CFS) program helps connect students to the Kenya beyond Nairobi while fostering a broader understanding of the world community.
Rosslyn believes that all students can learn, and the task is to provide an environment in which students are motivated and given the opportunity to apply what they have learned. The Middle School academic program encourages an attitude of inquiry while affirming the importance of making mistakes and learning from them. Each student takes mathematics, science, language arts, and social studies, as well as Christian Religious Education and physical education. All Middle School students take music (choir or band) and art and depending on their grade level, may have the opportunity to take technology, health, careers, or a foreign language.
Middle School is a special place, facilitating the transition from the self-contained elementary setting where only a few teachers interact with each student during the course of a year, to the departmentalized high school where numerous people who specialize in their subject areas teach students. To help in this transition, the Middle School at Rosslyn Academy has developed grade level teams who meet regularly to create an environment where all students have opportunities to experience success. An awareness of what is happening in the various curricular areas also helps in developing wholeness and a well-rounded educational approach.
A program overview with course objectives is available for each grade on our Middle School Documents page.
Recognizing that athletics are a valuable and healthy means of expression, Rosslyn Academy seeks to provide maximum opportunity for its community to participate in a wide variety of activities. In addition to
physical education in the daily schedule of classes, Rosslyn’s middle school students enjoy healthy competition in an after school intramural and interscholastic sports program.
In Middle School, the intramural program is comprised of three seasons: Season 1 (September – November) girls basketball and boys football; Season 2 (January – March) girls football and boys basketball as well both boys and girls field hockey; Season 3 (April – May) is volleyball for girls and rugby for boys.
After 4 – 6 weeks of an intramural season, interscholastic teams are selected for the remainder of the season. These teams host other schools at home and also travel to other schools to play in regular season and tournament matches. Inter-school track is also offered during Seasons 1 (Under 15) and 3 (Under 13 and possibly under 15).
Middle School student also have the opportunity to participate in a Middle School play and the cast and crew are entirely made up of only Middle School students. Students may also serve on a Middle School Student Council where they organize events for the Middle School and provide student leadership for new initiatives.
At Rosslyn we are intentional about instilling the value of service in our students. Each year students at each grade level participate in service projects and field trips. These opportunities allow students to get out into different areas of Kenya and give them the opportunity to help and work alongside local people for a common goal or purpose.