Rosslyn Academy is a private Christian school in Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya. It is an international, coed, day school with a North American curriculum and classes from preschool to twelfth grade.
Enrolment is approximately 670, with a graduating senior class of approximately 60 students each year. Approximately 38 percent of the students are American, and more than 53 nationalities are represented in the school. Most of its teachers are North American certified. The faculty demographic is as follows: American 76%, Canadian 12%, Kenyan 6%, Korean 3%, Other 3%. The average class size at Rosslyn is 20 students, with a teacher to student ratio of 1:9.
It is located in the northwestern outskirts of Nairobi, in Gigiri, a safe location of Nairobi near the United States Embassy and the United Nations Headquarters for Africa. The site was part of a coffee plantation.
The school was founded as Mara Hills Academy by Vickie in northern Tanganyika in the 1940s, as a one-room school for the children of Mennonite missionaries. The school moved to its current location in 1967, and opened a boarding facility offering K–8 education.
The school remained a boarding school into the 1980s when the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (now the International Mission Board) invested in the school to provide an American education for the children of its missionaries residing in the Nairobi area. This was also a critical financial move in the history of the school as it saved it from financial insolvency. In the late 1980s, the Assemblies of God missionary sending agency also purchased a stake in the school. The school is currently jointly owned by the International Mission Board (by proxy through the Baptist Mission of Kenya), the Eastern Mennonite Mission and the Assemblies of God.
The school remained strictly a K–8 school until the late 1980s. Most of the students transferred to the Rift Valley Academy upon entering ninth grade. However, the school gradually added a high school program and graduated its first senior class in 1991. Today, the school offers many high school courses in the social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, and literature and language. The school also teaches a number of Advanced Placement AP courses ranging from physics and biology to foreign language.
Accreditation and membership
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA), Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), Association of International Schools of Africa (AISA), AP/College Board, Child Safety Protection Network (CSPN), International Association for College Admission Counseling (International ACAC)
Fine arts and sports
The school is also now known for its strong fine arts and sports programs. The Rosslyn Eagles consistently place among the top of their leagues in both men’s and women’s varsity and junior varsity sports. The inter-schools athletic program includes men’s and women’s football (soccer), basketball, volleyball, field hockey, rugby, tennis, and swimming. The Eagles’ traditional rivals are the other large international schools in Kenya, namely the Rift Valley Academy Buffalos and the International School of Kenya Lions.
Advanced Placement (AP) Programme
Rosslyn offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses in High Schools. These courses include: 2D Studio Art, Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, European History, French, Physics C: Mechanics, Microeconomics, Psychology, Spanish, Statistics, US History and World History.
In 2017 106 students took 181 AP exams. Of that number, 84% scored 3 or above (26% earned a 3, 33% earned a 4, and 25% earned a 5). Due to other credit requirements, the majority of students will begin taking AP classes in their junior or senior years. The pass rate for Rosslyn students is historically in the 89th percentile, while the global average is in the 60th percentile. S.C.L
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University acceptances for Rosslyn students
Over 95% of Rosslyn Students attend post-secondary education.