Primary Education and Schools in Kenya

Free Primary Education in Kenya was introduced in 2003 to reduce disparities and increase access to primary education. The move resulted in increased participation by groups that previously had little or no access to schooling.

Eventually, free primary education reduced the cost burden on households by providing learning and teaching materials to public primary and non-formal schools.

Despite various challenges, primary education continued to expand and as of 2012, enrolment in primary education had climbed from 9.9 million in 2011 to 10 million in 2012.

This was a minimal increase of 1.1 per cent compared to 5.3 per cent in 2011. However, more girls than boys were enrolled in Standard One in 2012 in comparison to 2011. Girls’ enrolment increased by 1.6 per cent compared to the marginal 0.7 per cent for boys.

Nonetheless, survival rate for girls was recorded at 72.3 per cent for Standard 7, which was attributed mainly to repetition and dropping out of school. Similarly, the survival rate of boys who had joined Standard One in 2008 and completed Standard 5 in 2012 was 98.5 per cent as compared to 96.4 per cent for girls, implying more girls drop out of school.

As of 2013 , the growth of private primary education continued on an upward trend. In the last five years, the number of private primary schools in the country increased from 8,076 in 2008 to 8,854 in 2012. Likewise, during the same period the number of public primary schools rose from 18,130 in 2008 to 20,307 in 2012.

Despite the popularity of the free primary education amid various challenges, one problem that almost wrecked the entire programme was misappropriation of donor funds meant for providing textbooks and other learning resources to schools.

Here is a list of top / best private primary schools in Kenya;

  1.   All Saints Cathedral Primary School    …    Nairobi
  2.   All Saints Kianyaga School    …    Kianyaga
  3.   Amani Primary School    …    Mombasa
  4.   Amazing Grace Academy    …    Nyahururu
  5.   Amicus Road    …    Nairobi
  6.   Archbishop Academy    …    Embu
  7.   Aroman Hill Academy    …    Mombasa
  8.   Arya Primary School    …    Mombasa
  9.   Arya Primary School, Eldoret    …    Eldoret
  10.   Arya Primary School, Ngara     …    Nairobi
  11.   Arya Vedic School    …    Nairobi
  12.   Athi Meadow Academy    …    Athi River
  13.   Bahari Parents Academy    …    Mtwapa
  14.   Bahati Upperhill Academy    …    Bahati
  15.   Barbra Junior Academy    …    Bungoma
  16.   Barb’s Academy    …    Kitale
  17.   Baseroot Academy    …    Nairobi
  18.   Bazalel Academy    …    Matatege
  19.   Beach Road School    …    Mombasa
  20.   Bejos Valley Academy    …    Moi’s Bridge
  21.   Bell House Schools    …    Nakuru
  22.   Bellevue School    …    Nairobi
  23.   Benedito Highway Complex School    …    Muranga
  24.   Benrly Junior Academy    …    Nairobi
  25.   Bethel Academy    …    Ongata Rongai
  26.   Betheny Academy    …    Nairobi
  27.   Bethlehem Academy    …    Ruiru
  28.   Bhayani Nursery & Primary School    …    Kisumu
  29.   Biassam School    …    Nyamira
  30.   Bishop John Mahiaini junior School    …    Nairobi
  31.   Blue Sea Junior School    …    Mombasa
  32.   Blue Sky Academy    …    Nairobi
  33.   Blue View Academy    …    Nairobi
  34.   Bokimai S.D.A primary School    …    Kisii
  35.   Boma – Park School    …    Nairobi
  36.   Boma Rescue Centre    …    Nairobi
  37.   Bondeni Primary School    …    Mombasa
  38.   Bosire Academy    …    Kisii
  39.   Brainstorn Academy    …    Nairobi
  40.   Brightons Academy    …    Mombasa
  41.   Brookfield Academy    …    Karatina
  42.   Brookshine School    …    Nairobi
  43.   Burhamia Almadrasa    …    Mombasa
  44.   Buru Buru Baptist Church School    …    Nairobi
  45.   Busara Forest View Academy    …    Nyahururu
  46.   Busia Ebenezer Academy    …    Busia
  47.   Busia YMCA Academy    …    Busia
  48.   Busy Bee School, Tudor    …    Mombasa
  49.   ByGrace School    …    Nairobi
  50.   Calvary Baptist Academy    …    Ngong Hills
  51.   Captain Omayo Academy    …    Kisii
  52.   Carmelvale Catholic Primary School    …    Nairobi
  53.   Carol Academy    …    Nakuru
  54.   Cathsam School    …    Nairobi
  55.   Cathy’s Academy, Kirinyaga    …    Kagio
  56.   Cedar Grove Junior Academy    …    Uthiru
  57.   Cedar Progressive Academy    …    Nairobi
  58.   Chaani Gateway Academy    …    Mombasa
  59.   Changamwe S.D.A. School    …    Mombasa
  60.   Changamwe School    …    Mombasa
  61.   Chemitan Academy    …    Litein
  62.   Chogoria Junior School    …    Chogoria
  63.   Chrisco Academy    …    Nakuru
  64.   Chrisco Educational Centre    …    Nairobi
  65.   Christian Foundation of Kenya School    …    Nairobi
  66.   Chuka Catholic Day & Boarding School    …    Chuka
  67.   Chuka Tumaini Academy    …    Chuka
  68.   Church Army Academy    …    Nairobi
  69.   Citadel Junior School    …    Mombasa
  70.   City of Glory Junior School    …    Migadini
  71.   Clanne Academy    …    Nairobi
  72.   Coastar Academy    …    Kisauni
  73.   Compuera Academy    …    Nairobi
  74.   Consolata Catholic Primary School    …    Mombasa
  75.   Consolata Girls Primary School    …    Embu
  76.   Consolata Primary School, Meru    …    Meru
  77.   Consolata Primary School, Nyeri    …    Nyeri
  78.   Consolata School, Nairobi    …    Nairobi
  79.   Coral Junior School    …    Mtwapa
  80.   Corner Brook School    …    Juja
  81.   A Ray of Academy    …    Mombasa
  82.   A Ray of Academy    …    Mombasa
  83.   A.B.C. Girls Academy    …    Machakos
  84.   A.C.K Emmanuel Education Centre    …    Ngong Hills
  85.   A.I.C Ngong Hills Primary School    …    Ngong Hills
  86.   A.I.C. Grace Academy    …    Kisii
  87.   A.I.C. St. Paul’s Academy    …    Rumuruti
  88.   A.I.P.C.A Makande Academy    …    Mombasa
  89.   A.I.P.C.A Ngei II Academy    …    Nairobi
  90.   A.P.J. Primary School    …    Mombasa
  91.   Acacia Crest Academy    …    Athi River
  92.   Acacia Park School    …    Ongata Rongai
  93.   Aga Khan Primary School    …    Nairobi
  94.   Agbon Academy    …    Nairobi
  95.   Akiba School    …    Nairobi
  96.   Al Madrasatus Saifiyatul Burhaniyah School    …    Mombasa
  97.   Aldai Girls Primary School    …    Kapcheno
  98.   Alimus Learn Field Academy    …    Nairobi
  99.   All Saints Academy    …    Sagana
  100.   Cornerstone Academy    …    Nairobi
  101.   Covenant Academy Primary    …    Kisumu
  102.   Creative Bestcare Junior School    …    Uthiru
  103.   Cyber Junior Academy    …    Mombasa
  104.   Dawnstar Educational Centre    …    Nairobi
  105.   Day Spring School Complex    …    Olkalou 20303
  106.   Dayspring Junior Academy    …    Kalimoni
  107.   Dayspring Junior School    …    Nairobi
  108.   Deansbrook School    …    Mombasa
  109.   Dekko Academy    …    Kitale
  110.   Devine Mercy Catholic School    …    Nairobi
  111.   Dickma Academy    …    Nairobi
  112.   Diplomat Academy    …    Kerugoya
  113.   Dominique Junior Academy    …    Nairobi
  114.   Donna Hills Educational Centre    …    Nairobi
  115.   Dorcas Sigara Memorial Academy    …    Nyamira
  116.   Dr.Muasa Academy    …    Mtito Andei
  117.   Eagle Academy    …    Eldoret
  118.   East Gate Preparatory School    …    Nairobi
  119.   Eastend Junior Academy    …    Nairobi
  120.   Effort Junior School    …    Kerugoya
  121.   Ekiendege Academy    …    Kisii
  122.   Eland Academy    …    Kericho
  123.   Elkay School    …    Nairobi
  124.   Elsa Preparatory & Junior Academy    …    Ogembo
  125.   Embu By-Grace Academy    …    Embu
  126.   Embu Kawa Academy     …    Embu
  127.   Embu Shepherds Academy    …    Embu
  128.   Emmanuel Academy    …    Karatina
  129.   Emmaus Junior School    …    Kilindini
  130.   Epren Academy    …    Nairobi
  131.   ESME World Class School    …    Nairobi
  132.   Esteem Academy    …    Nairobi
  133.   Evalyn School Complex    …    Embu

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