Rosslyn Academy provides a world-class Christian education to the international community in Nairobi, Kenya. We offer a full American system college preparatory curriculum that aims to nurture lifelong learners in preparation for higher education and future careers in ministry and missions, government, research, medicine, education, development, the arts, and more.
Distinctly High School
The integration of faith and learning is an essential component of the core values and mission of Rosslyn. A wide range of opportunities for spiritual growth are available and encouraged for Rosslyn Academy High School students inside and outside the classroom.
Each student participates in Christian Religious Education (CRE) courses each year of attendance. A variety of age-appropriate courses provide opportunities for students to interact with Scripture and to better understand the teachings of Christianity.
Students also attend weekly chapel services which are designed to teach, disciple, and encourage those who already have a personal relationship with Christ, while inspiring and drawing to faith those of other faith backgrounds.
In addition, each year the high school dedicates a week to spiritual formation and learning. This week is called Spiritual Emphasis Week (SEW). During this week, guest speakers challenge students to evaluate their spiritual lives and to dedicate themselves more fully to God’s purposes for their lives.
Finally, faculty members are committed believers who provide a devotional time and prayer at the start of each school day. Students also have the opportunity to participate in covenant groups. These small groups work to challenge the students to grow in Christian knowledge and faith, to be accountable to each other, and to serve one another.
One of the highlights of each school year is a one-week ﬁeld placement in locations all across Kenya. The Cultural Field Studies program emphasizes cultural experience, education, and service. Activities such as living in a rural community or painting a local church or school building help connect students to the Kenya beyond Nairobi, while fostering a broader understanding of the world community.
Rosslyn Academy’s High School offers a full college preparatory curriculum within the American school system. The staff are dedicated teachers who come with a genuine desire to educate and to serve. A high focus on academic excellence is placed across all core subjects — Science, Math, English, and Social Studies — providing freshman through senior-level courses in each core area. Additionally, there is an extensive Advanced Placement (AP) program that allows students to take college level courses and earn college credit through a rigorous study and exam process. Rosslyn Academy has one of largest and most successful AP programs in Africa. It has been invaluable for students seeking entrance to competitive universities.
Twenty-four Carnegie units are required for graduation with a college preparatory diploma including 4 English, 3 Math, 3 Social Studies, 3 Science, 1.5 Physical Education (including Health), 1.5 Fine Arts and 0.5 Technology Units. Students are required to take one semester of Christian Religious Education each year of their attendance. The year-long Senior Social Studies class, required for seniors, includes study in Economics, Current Events and Comparative Government. The course culminates in “Senior Seminar,” comprised of a 10 page research paper and a twenty-five to thirty-minute multi-media presentation.
Fine and Applied Arts
Participation in the arts is a key component to providing a well-rounded student experience. Students at Rosslyn Academy have many opportunities to participate in the arts, including performing, visual and applied arts.
Outside of class, students also have many opportunities to participate in the arts. The theater department stages two drama productions each year. Recent productions include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Diary of Anne Frank, Swallows and Amazons, Les Misérables, and In the Heights. Months of practice and preparation culminate in multiple nights of sold out shows that speak to the quality of the acting and production.
Finally, students have the opportunity to take private voice or instrument lessons, participate in chapel worship bands, and join the all school strings ensemble.
High School students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of inter-school sports teams. Rosslyn competes as a member of the KAIS Sports League (Kenya Association of International Schools). We also participate in an annual sports tournament through the International Christian Schools of Africa – which includes sister schools such as: Bingham Academy (Ethiopia), HOPAC (Tanzania), Dakar Academy (Senegal), and Heritage International School (Uganda), among others. The annual ICSA tournament is hosted in a different location each year.
The Rosslyn sports calendar is divided into 3 separate seasons and fields over 20 different teams. Most sports field a Varsity and a Junior Varsity squad which allows for greater participation and assists with the development of younger players for the tougher competition at the Varsity level. Rosslyn competes in girls and boys football, basketball, cross country, volleyball, field hockey, rugby, swimming and tennis. Over half of the high school student body participates in at least one sport.
Rosslyn has a rich tradition of success on the fields of competition, which is reflected by the many banners that hang from the gymnasium ceiling. Yet, while Rosslyn plays to win, our focus on developing the body, mind and soul of the student-athlete means that how the students play matters to us even more than the final score.
The coaching staff works to develop Christian character and sportsmanship in our athletes. Rosslyn encourages athletic participation not only because of the joy it brings to those involved, but because it teaches virtues such as discipline, determination, commitment to others, and teamwork.
Some of my closest friends and favorite teachers of all time are, to this day, ones I met at Rosslyn. I was encouraged to challenge myself in ways I wouldn’t have with lesser teachers.Hiyabel Tewoldemedhin, Class of 2007, MBA (Stanford)
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.
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