Top 10 Best Secondary Schools in Kenya, Nationally; Full Details

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It is the desire of each parent and/ or guardian to provide his/ her child with the best quality education; more so at Secondary school level. It, at the same time, becomes difficulty for one to choose the best school for his/ her daughter. But, what are some of the parameters will one look at in order to make a selection? Here are some of the features to be observed:

  • Performance at National Exams (KCSE),
  • Infrastructure,
  • Students’ population,
  • Number of teaching staff available,
  • Security of learners, among others.

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Alliance Girls’ High School (AGHS) is one of the most prestigious  national girls’ boarding schools. The school is located near the small town of Kikuyu. Founded in 1948 as the African Girls High School, it is within walking distance from its brother school Alliance High School. You can get a link to download the school’s Admission letter and learners’ report forms at the near bottom of this page.

Contacts.

  • Postal Address: Alliance Girls High School, BOX 109; KIKUYU – 00902, Kenya.
  • PHONE : LANDLINE : 020-2012533, 020-2012533
  • FAX 020-2012511
  • MOBILE : 0726-145-877, 0726-145-877  / 0734-485-571, 0734-485-57
  • SECRETARIES : 0726-110594, 0726-110594  / 0735-888639, 0735-888639
  • email: info@alliancegirlshigh.sc.ke

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Alliance Girls’ High School Vission, Mission, and motto

Vission: To become a leading and most preferred National School in the provision of quality, experience and holistic education for girls in Kenya.

Motto: Walk in the light

Mission: To provide a conducive environment and to offer a quality, excellent and holistic education that motivates students to discover their talents and strive to reach their potential, thereby equipping them to fit well in society and contribute positvely to national building

Core values

Commitment – to the vision and mission of our school
Hard work – to duty
Sacrifice – for the good of the institution and gifted youth of Alliance in particular and Kenya in general.
Teamwork – towards a common goal called EXCELLENCE
Loyalty – to the school and the values it perpetuates
Trust in God – for all our needs and for all our success

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ALLIANCE GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL RESULTS SINCE 1989

Alliance High has posted good results over the years at the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, KCSE.

Alliance Girls Secondary School prides in its academic prowess. It maintains a top 10 position in the KCSE yearly. In 2011, the school emerged the 2nd National school, only after the Alliance High School, and 5th nationally.

All students go on to top Kenyan Universities as well as reputed international universities. The school supports applications to colleges in the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa among others. Similarly, a couple of it’ students are annually selected to the African Leadership Academy; a highly selective leadership program through the entire continent.

Here are the school’s KCSE results since 1989;

YEAR ENTRY A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- E GRADE MEAN
2018 396 23 124 87 83 39 21 15 1 2 1 0 0 B+ 9.65
2017 394 16 119 101 64 42 30 13 7 1 0 1 0 B+ 9.52
2016 361 25 158 95 42 24 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 B+ 10.18
2015 333 25 126 88 47 27 15 4 1 0 0 0 0 B+ 10.03
2014 327 56 99 81 48 31 8 4 0 0 0 0 0 B+ 10.187
2013 250 44 88 43 39 26 7 2 1 0 0 0 0 B+ 10.204
2012 218 51 93 36 17 13 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 A- 10.569
2011 206 81 62 33 13 12 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 A- 10.825
2010 199 54 71 29 25 19 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 A- 10.568
2009 192 30 67 24 14 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 B+ 10.208
2008 177 15 58 46 31 10 9 4 0 0 0 0 0 B+ 9.965
2007 181 13 34 48 30 31 19 5 0 0 1 0 0 B 9.143
2006 182 22 44 38 36 22 14 5 1 0 0 0 0 B+ 9.676
2005 193 8 36 61 48 22 8 6 2 1 1 0 0 B 9.425
2004 188 21 53 45 30 21 8 9 0 0 1 0 0 B+ 9.777
2003 183 8 41 39 39 23 21 9 1 2 0 0 0 B+ 9.213
2002 180 19 48 44 25 25 11 4 3 1 0 0 0 B 8.617
2001 178 14 45 36 30 29 15 6 2 1 0 0 0 B 9.101
2000 180 5 33 42 42 26 16 10 5 1 0 0 0 B 9.056
1999 181 7 36 51 33 28 14 8 4 0 0 0 0 B- 8.271
1998 177 8 38 38 46 21 16 5 1 4 0 0 0 B+ 9.712
1997 178 6 42 55 36 19 11 7 1 0 1 0 0 B- 8.410
1996 179 7 21 39 45 28 29 8 1 0 1 0 0 B 9.235
1995 175 3 13 41 53 44 16 4 1 0 0 0 0 B+ 9.594
1994 171 7 29 38 37 36 16 8 0 0 0 0 0 B 9.088
1993 158 3 31 46 32 26 7 8 4 0 0 0 1 B- 8.298
1992 165 0 4 18 29 37 39 20 15 3 0 0 0 B- 8.309
1991 160 0 2 9 20 32 48 31 11 5 2 0 0 B- 7.881
1990 161 0 2 15 16 36 48 24 15 4 0 0 0 C+ 7.360
1989 107 0 6 12 26 25 29 1 4 1 0 0 2 B 9.299

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Moi High School Kabarak, one of the top performing secondary schools in Kenya, is a mixed boarding school located along Nakuru – Eldama Ravine Road; in Nakuru County. The school was established in 1979 by H.E Daniel Arap Moi (The Second President to the Republic of Kenya) on his expansive Kabarak farm. The school has prestigious boarding-tuition facilities. The school is categorized as a private school. Moi High School – Kabarak is a private Christian Co-educational institution offering 8.4.4 curriculum.

KCSE PERFORMANCE

The school is consistently ranked among Kenya’s top-performing schools in each year’s national examination results; a result it has maintained for many years, now. In the 2018 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams, the school posted an impressive mean of an A- (272 ) 79.862 from the registered 272 candidates. In the 2019 KCSE exams, the school has a total candidature of 324 students; with only one repeater. A common striking feature among the candidates is that all of them are sitting for 8 subjects.

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Moi High School Kabarak Contacts

School Name: Moi High School Kabarak
Physical Location: Nakuru-Eldama Ravine Road
Address: P.O. Box 10, Kabarak 20157
City/Town: Nakuru
County: Nakuru
School Category: Private
School Code :
Phone Number: 051-343447, 2216884, 051-343448
Email: kabarak@africaonline.co.ke

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ADMISSIONS & SCHOOL FEES

Admission to this school is highly competitive. Those admitted here must be of good academic performance if marks scored at the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, KCPE, exams is something to go by. The school admits students with 350 marks and above. For continuing students, they should have at least a B (plain) in the previous exams. The only limiting factor is the a little bit higher school fees chargeable at this school; since it is a private school. Consequently, a majority of the learners here are those from the elite class.

ADMISSION LETTER

Students admitted to the school can download their calling letters, online. To use the online portal, one must first register. Visit the portal and register. Click on this link; Admission letters portal

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Moi High School, Kabarak Nakuru
Moi High School, Kabarak Nakuru

 

Established in 1964, Precious Blood Girls High, Riruta, is a  public girl boarding school, Kawangware location, Nairobi County. The Catholic nuns of the order of Precious Blood Sisters established the school in 1964. It is located in Kawangware area of Dagoretti constituency of Nairobi Region. iT IS a girls’ extra county boarding school situated in a poor suburb of Nairobi. The school has a student population of 975.

SCHOOL CONTACTS

  • PHYSICAL ADDRESS: NAIVASHA Rd.
  • PRECIOUS BLOOD SECONDARY – RIRUTA,
  • P.O.BOX 21283-00505,
  • NAIROBI, RIRUTA.
  • KENYA.
  • TELEPHONE: +254-20-3546028
  • MOBILE: 0720238907
  • EMAIL: info@preciousbloodriruta.com
  • Staff email

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KCSE EXAM ANALYSIS   

This is the hallmark that has landed the school in the National limelight since the inception of the 8-4-4 curriculum. The education on offer is holistic education, which encompasses the parameters of spiritual, social, physical and intellect; this is evidenced in the exceptional results they have posted since over the years in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams. The school Kenya National Examinations Council, KNEC, code is 20405004. In 2018, the school posted a mean of A- (Minus); 79.604 points from a candidature of 135 students. In 2019, the school registered 174 candidates. Further to the release of the KCSE Examination results, all the students are treated to a special luncheon and dinner at an agreed date. The teaching and non teaching are also hosted to a luncheon at a prestigious city hotel, in addition they are also remunerated with a uniform package by the parents (it should be noted that all the teachers are rewarded with the same figure irrespective of the subject performance or whether one had a Form Four class or not). The non-teaching staff is also given a uniform figure, which is slightly less than that of the teachers. Here is part of the school’s KCSE performance; over the years:

Year 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997
KCSE MEAN 7.73 7.91 7.96 8.56 10.21 9.13 9.46 10.42 10.49
POSITION NATIONALLY 7 4 5 4 1 4 5 1 1
Year 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
KCSE MEAN 10.4 10.46 10.2 10.2 10.66 10.76 9.96 10.24 10.3 10.89 10.96
POSITION 1 1 3 3 1 1 6 4 4 3 XX

 

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Sister schools include:

  • Precious Blood Kilungu; A girls’ extra county boarding school situated in a rural part of South Eastern Kenya, 120km from Nairobi. The school has a student population of 658.

  • Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girls; A girls’ national boarding school situated 135km North East of Nairobi in a rural area toward Mount Kenya. The school has a student population of 1165.

  • Starehe Girls Centre; A girls’ national boarding school situated a few miles north of Nairobi, on the way to Kiambu. The school has a student population of 598.
  • Maryhill Girls High School; A girls’ national boarding school situated 50km from Nairobi in Thika along Thika – Gatukuyu road. The school has a student population of 1,600.

THE SCHOOL’S EMBLEM

ITS MEANING AND DEVELOPMENT

On close study of the emblem, you will note the following significant parts:

  1. A central part
  2. 5 colours
  3. The Bible
  4. Science equipment
  5. Green and white stripes
  6. The central part represents the ‘coat of arms’ of the international Precious Blood Community without the surrounding wreath of the scripture text ‘Thou hast redeemed us by the Precious Blood’

The Precious Blood Sisters started the Precious Blood Secondary School – Riruta and wanted to transmit and share their spirituality with the students. We see the lamb holding a banner and blood is shed and poured out into a chalice. This symbolizes Christ, the Lamb of God, and God made man, who stands in readiness to do the will of his Father. He sheds His Precious Blood, the very last drop, and saves mankind, you and me, from sin and all evil, giving us new life, the fullness of life through His death and resurrection.

The banner is the sign of victory: through suffering and toil of joy, from death to life. The example of Jesus’ life should be our incentive to spend our life in the service of God and others with commitment, in a self-sacrificing spirit, love and zeal for the cause of God and others. This will bring about true and genuine self-fulfilment and will contribute to a better world. It will be a preparation for the life to come in eternal happiness and peace.

  1. The frame shows the school setting of the Precious Blood Secondary School

The five colours above, i.e. blue, red, white, yellow and green – indicate the five different houses in the school. Every student belongs to one of these houses.

            Blue                 –           Meru

            Red                  –           Kilimanjaro

            White               –           Kenya

            Yellow              –           Ruwenzori

            Green              –           Elgon

The houses are representative of five prominent mountains in the Eastern Africa region.

The Bible at the right corner, just below the five colours, symbolizes the importance of the word of God, which should guide the life of all members of the school and from which we should learn our life-values and life-principles. This we do through all our actions, studies, sports, play combined with prayer and all other commitments the school asks of them. It is hoped that our lives will then be according to the spirit of Christ.

The science equipment seen at the left side below the five colours stands for the efforts required to develop all the potentials of the students in all spheres – human, social, communal, religious and academic. The aim is to mould the whole personality into that individual God had in mind at creation. Therefore the motto ‘Forward ever, backward never’.

The two colours shown at the bottom of green and white signify the school uniform. White blouses and socks and green skirts and sweaters.

Kapsabet Boys High School is one of the Prestigious National schools in Kenya. The school is located in Kapsabet town, Nandi County, Kenya; about 40 kilometers from Eldoret town. It is a Boys Boarding school founded in 1925 as the Government African School (GAS). It is one of the oldest school in the country.

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Kapsabet High School Contacts

School Name: Kapsabet Boys High School
Physical Location: Eldoret-Chavakali Road

Address: P.O. Box 10, Kapsabet 30300
City/Town: Eldoret
County: Nandi
School Category: public
School Code: 29500006
Phone Number: 053-52007
Email: info@kapsabetboys.sc.ke

Website: http://www.kapsabetboys.sc.ke/

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KCSE ANALYSIS

The school offers secondary school education based on the current 8-4-4 Kenyan education system.With a candidature of 249, the school posted a mean score of A- (minus) of 79.062 points at the 2018 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, KCSE, exams. In the 2019 KCSE, the school presented 379 candidates.

Maseno High School is one of the oldest schools Kenya. It is a National school located in Kisumu County; Kisumu Rural Constituency of Nyanza Region. It is a boys’ only boarding secondary school situated next to Maseno University. The school was established in 1906 by the Missionaries of the Church Missionary Society as a school for the children of African chiefs. Maseno School offers a multitude of opportunities for all students, from the Arts, Academic and Athletic programs. The students have excelled in all three of the aforementioned arenas, winning Provincial and National level recognition as one of the best National high school in Kenya. Fees at this school is subsidized through the government’s Free Secondary Education, FSE, Programme.

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Maseno School Location and Contacts

  • School Name: Maseno School
    Physical Location: Kisumu-Busia Road
    Address: P.O. Box 120, Maseno
    City/Town: Kisumu
    County: Kisumu
    School Category: Public
    School Code: 39700001
    Phone Number: 0713-715956, 0738-934812
    Email: masenoschool@yahoo.com
    Website: http://www.masenoschool.sc.ke

Performance in Academics and KCSE Analysis

Maseno school has mantained a good run in results; posting impressive performances at the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, KCSE, exams. In 2018, for instance, the school attained a mean grade of an A- (minus) of  78.701 for the 237 candidates who sat for the exams; that year. In 2019 a total of 477 candidates.

Apart from academics, the school is renown for its successful exploits in sports and other Co-curricular activities. Most notably, Maseno school has been a power house in Rugby and basketball.

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Maseno School.
Maseno School.
Maseno School.
Students at Maseno School.
Maseno School Basketball team
Maseno School Basketball team
Learners at Maseno School
Learners at Maseno School
Former Principal, Otula, and President, Mwai Kibaki.
Former Principal, Otula.
Maseno School students celebrate at a past feat.
Maseno School students celebrate at a past feat.

 

Molo Acdemy is a secondary school located at Milimani in Molo sub-county, Nakuru County in Kenya about 2km from Nakuru –Eldoret road at Kibunja and 2km from Molo Post Office. It is a Boys’ Boarding Secondary School. Started in 1986, the school has established itself as one of the best performing schools in the country. It is an Extra County School.

School Contacts.

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  • Name: Molo Academy Boys Secondary School
  • Physical Location: Milimani Estate, Molo Town
  • Postal Address: P.O.Box 55-20106, Molo-Kenya
  • Telephone: 020-8005229
  • Mobile: 0722 335726
  • Email: moloacademy@gmail.com
  • Website: http://www.moloacademyboys.sc.ke/
  • KNEC CODE:  27538208

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School Motto, Vision, and Mission

Motto: To the Heights by Hardwork

Vision: To rise to the heights and be a leading school nationally in the provision of quality education.

Mission: To provide quality education and to promote self-discipline, independent thinking, and creativity.

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Molo Academy KCSE Analysis

The school recorded an impressive performance in the 2018 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, KCSE, exams garnering a mean grade of A- (minus) of 77.27 points after presenting a total of 50 candidates. In 2019, the school registered a total of 157 candidates.

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Classrooms at Molo Academy Boys Secondary School.
Classrooms at Molo Academy Boys Secondary School.
Classrooms at Molo Academy Boys Secondary School.
Classrooms at Molo Academy Boys Secondary School.
Students at Molo Academy Boys Secondary School.
Students at Molo Academy Boys Secondary School.
 Molo Academy Boys Secondary School's Badge
Molo Academy Boys Secondary School’s Badge

 

Strathmore School is a a prestigious private, independent, boys’ day school located in Nairobi; Westlands Constituency, Kenya that follows the 8-4-4 curriculum. The school was started as a Sixth Form college in March 1961. In 1977 the first Form One students were admitted, and in 1987 the first Standard One pupils.

Today, there are around 630 students in the school with a significant number of them receiving financial aid. Strathmore began as a Sixth Form College offering a full range of Arts and Science subjects. The first Form Five students enrolled in March, 1961, and sat the Higher School Certificate Examination in November 1962.

Accountancy studies were added to the College Curriculum in January, 1966, when the first students registered to prepare for the Association of Certified Accountants examinations. The first Form One students enrolled in January, 1977; during the years 1977-1980 the Secondary School was expanded to include Forms One to Four.

The College is managed by Study Centres of Kenya. The land and buildings of the College are held in Trust by Strathmore Registered Trustees which is incorporated as a charitable Trust under the Land (Perpetual Succession) Ordinance.

With the starting of the Primary School, the Trustees have organized Strathmore College into two levels: ‘Strathmore College School of Accountancy’ for post-secondary studies and ‘Strathmore School’ for primary and secondary Studies.

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Co-Curricular Activities

The school participates in the following Extra Curricular activities:

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Mission

The School’s chief purpose is to develop the minds and consciences of its students so that they can become self-disciplined and resourceful, and therefore better able to serve society in a useful way. Above all, the School emphasizes academic excellence and moral integrity. The School aims at creating an environment that is conducive to learning; both experienced teachers and well-motivated students strive to create this environment.

Through daily close contact with the students in the classroom, in extra-curricular activities and on the sports fields, the School Staff strive to develop in the students such qualities, such as honesty, responsibility, good use of freedom, tolerance, and hard work. The School aims at providing an education based on Christian principles and accepts worthwhile students regardless of creed.

Srathmore Court of Arms

The lion is the symbol of strength, power, courage of determined fight for excellence and justice. It also represents Kenya, our country, which has all the qualities mentioned above.

The Rose in full blossom represents, love, the source of all good desires and actions, even if at times it requires loving sacrifice, represented by the thorns the rose shows in its stem. The rose has some supernatural meaning. Love, in capital letters, is love of God. And also it has some historical meaning associated with the life of Blessed Josemaria who inspired and encouraged those who started Strathmore: He received a sign by means of a wooden gilded carved rose in a very trying moment of his life.

The Three hearts represent the three races which, in 1961 when the School started, were segregated in the colonial system of education. The heart represents the person, since it is taken as the source of all our actions, and the source of love. Being the three hearts of the same colour it shows the radical equality of all people. At the beginning it clearly meant the unity sought of the three major races. These days it means the co-operation of parents, teachers and students towards the same aim.

The motto “Ut ommnes unum sint” is in Latin. It is a quotation from a passage of the Gospel, and translated means “That all may be one”. It expresses the desire of working together towards the same aim, in spite of individual legitimate opinions, preferences and tastes.

The colours in heraldry (the science of making coats of arms) have associated meanings as follows:

  • Blue (Azure) Sky blue means high ideals, high aims;
  • Red (Gules) Blood red means sacrifice, love, fortitude;
  • Yellow (Gold ) Gold means eternity, perfection.

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STRATHMORE SCHOOL KCSE RESULTS ANALYSIS

The school has posted impressive performance at the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, KCSE, exams over time.

2017 KCSE RESULTS ANALYSIS

Strathmore School presented 88 candidates. The school posted a good performance, with an average of 9.190.  3 students scored straight A, 15 scored A-, 23 scored B+, 24 scored B, 9 scored B-, 6 scored C+, 6 scored C, and 2 scored C-. This, therefore, gives a transition rate of over 90% to university.

The subjects that scored the best means were Computer Studies with a mean of 12,  Mathematics with a mean of 10.557 and French with a mean of 10.133. Improvement was noted in Computers Studies, Chemistry and English.

The table below is a summary of the performance.

2018 KCSE Results Analysis

In 2018, Strathmore School presented 84 candidates who registered 9.988 points (a performance index of 72.28) to emerge the best school nationally.

Strathmore School 2018 KCSE Results
Strathmore School 2018 KCSE Results

In 2019, the school registered a total of 84 candidates.

Strathmore school Contacts

At one time if you wish to contact the school, use any of the contacts below:

  • School Name: Strathmore school
  • Physical Location: Nairobi
  • Address: P. O. Box: 25095, NAIROBI 00603
  • City/Town: Nairobi
  • School Code: 20406020
  • Phone Number: +254722221221, +254718222222, +254733937945, +2540202398488, +2540202398311
  • Website: http://www.strathmore.ac.ke/
  • County: Nairobi
  • School Category: International School

Chavakali Boys High School is a Public National Boarding School located in Chavakali location, Vihiga County, just a few kilometers from Kakamega County. The school boasts a high population of more than 1800 students. The school was established in 1910.

Extra Curricular Activities

Students participate in the following Co-Curricular activities:

Maryhill Girls High School is a girls’ national boarding school situated in Thika along Thika – Gatukuyu road.

Maryhill Girls’ High School was founded in 1933 when some great missionary women (Sisters of Our Lady of Africa) answered the call of serving the children who were born of mixed races in East Africa. These children were discriminated upon on the African, European and Asian Schools. The school acquired its name from Mary Mother of Jesus and the hill on which it stands. Soon after independence, the school acquired a new phase where the first bright African girls were admitted and Maryhill became one of the most prestigious schools in the country. The school was later turned into a public school. In 1989 when the school presented the first candidates in 8-4-4 system of education.
Maryhill Girls High School is a girls’ national boarding school situated in Thika along Thika – Gatukuyu road. The school has a student population of 1616 students currently. It is an eight streamed school offering seventeen subjects in the 8-4-4- curriculum. The school also offers a variety of other co-curricular activities such as Drama, Music, variety of games like hockey, swimming, volleyball, tennis to name but a few.

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School’s Contacts

How to download the Maryhill Admission letter

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Maryhill Girls’ Admission Criteria

The school admits students with 350 marks and above. For continuing students, they should have at least a B (plain) in the previous exams.

Maryhill Girls’ Mission Statement

To provide equal educational opportunities for the Kenyan girl child. To develop her full potential in a multicultural and competitive environment through discipline, moral and spiritual development and to foster skills in self-reliance, leadership and responsibility based on team work, efficiency, commitment and diligence.

Maryhill Girls’ Motto: Toil For Excellence

Maryhill Girls’ Vision: To make Maryhill Girls High School a centre of excellence.

 

Maryhill Girls’ KCSE Results Analysis

Touted as one of the best performing schools in Kenya, Maryhill Girls has maintained a good run in performance at the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, KCSE, exams; over the years. In 2018, for instance, the school recorded a performance index of 76.826;   A- (minus) out of a candidature of 185 students.  For 2019 exams the school had a candidature of 337 students. The table below shows past KCSE results for the school;

 

Exam Year No. of Students Mean Score Mean Grade A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- E
2017 324 8.7006 B 4 27 76 86 57 46 22 6 0 0 0 0
2016 295 9.4441 B 4 66 92 60 45 24 4 0 0 0 0 0
2015 302 9.0828 B 4 59 87 57 54 21 10 4 1 0 0 0
2014 266 9.8386 B+ 30 74 56 54 38 10 3 1 0 0 0 0
2013 185 10.6919 A- 50 67 44 14 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 150 10.3866 B+ 36 40 38 20 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 123 10.2602 B+ 20 42 30 18 9 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
2010 140 9.6115 B+ 22 23 32 27 19 8 8 0 0 0 0 0
2009 131 9.2595 B 3 16 40 38 23 9 2 0 0 0 0 0
2008 138 9.4817 B 11 32 34 26 17 10 3 1 3 0 0 0
2007 118 9.1101 B 5 22 26 23 20 15 6 1 0 0 0 0
2006 133 9.3909 B 11 19 38 25 28 7 5 0 0 0 0 0
2005 138 8.5434 B 0 13 36 23 31 17 13 4 1 0 0 0
2004 137 8.2335 B- 1 11 18 24 44 19 16 3 0 1 0 0
2003 134 8.4702 B- 1 9 28 31 29 24 8 1 3 0 0 0
2002 129 8.3721 B- 3 13 26 23 22 18 15 8 0 0 1 0
2001 131 8.4122 B- 1 12 21 34 30 12 17 2 0 2 0 0
2000 136 7.8809 B- 1 3 6 37 36 30 16 4 1 0 0 0
1999 147 7.3741 C+ 1 0 8 21 46 31 24 10 6 0 0 0
1998 154 6.8637 C+ 0 0 6 20 24 41 32 22 9 0 0 0
1997 143 7.5173 B- 0 2 11 23 39 34 18 14 2 0 0 0
1996 133 7.0076 C+ 0 2 7 9 34 28 30 20 2 1 0 0
1995 90 6.6444 C+ 0 0 1 5 19 22 26 13 4 0 0 0
1994 130 6.8462 C+ 0 3 5 12 28 29 24 14 13 2 0 0
1993 124 7.0323 C+ 0 1 2 24 24 25 27 13 7 1 0 0
1992 135 6.1778 C 0 0 0 4 19 29 45 23 13 2 0 0
1991 84 5.6667 C 0 0 1 1 7 14 19 28 11 1 1 0
1990 80 5.9113 C 0 0 0 0 11 14 22 23 7 2 0 0

 

Students, Teachers and Infrastructure at Maryhill Girls' High School.
Students, Teachers and Infrastructure at Maryhill Girls’ High School.

 

Kenya High School (KHS) is girls’ National secondary school located in Kileleshwa, Nairobi, Kenya. The Kenya High School had its beginnings in 1910 when a co-educational school called the Nairobi European School began in buildings designed for police Barracks. In 1931 the boys were separated from the girls. In 1935, the school was renamed The European Girls Secondary School and had its first Headmistress, Miss Kerby appointed. The buildings consisted partly of temporary wooden huts located on the compound of the present Nairobi Primary school, with whom the secondary school shared the present buildings. Staff housing was scattered in the vicinity of Protectorate Hill. In 1939, the school was renamed The Kenya High School.

In 1942, Miss Stott succeeded Miss Kerby. By this time, because of the existing overcrowding and lack of modern facilities, there was considerable demand for a new school. By 1944, the present site of about 100 acres on Kileleshwa Hill had been approved and sterling pound 150 had been voted in the 1945 budget as a token sum towards the laying out of the grounds. Eventually the total cost of building and laying out of the grounds reached sterling pounds 700,000.
The present school began to take shape and in 1950, 100 boarders moved into two boarding blocks of the partially completed new school. The site at that time looked very different from today. The trees and flowering shrubs, which do so much enhance and beautify the grounds, remained to be planted; the chapel, the library and the swimming pool were yet to be built.

The swimming pool was completed in December 1952, with the aid of a government loan. This loan was finally paid off at the end of 1967. The Chapel was dedicated in 1959 and the library opened in 1963. In 1963, Miss Stott retired and Miss Leeves took over.

Just prior to miss Stott’s retirement, the first African and Asian girls were admitted. The first African girl to be admitted in 1961 was Ann Mithamo During the four years of Miss Leevers’ headship, the inter-racial pattern of the school began to take shape. Before Miss Leevers left, she handed over to Miss Barnes. In 1967 plans had been made for the building of the Art Studio. Later in 1967, it was decided to extend the plan of the Art room to include a Music room and Music practice room. This block was completed early in 1969, when the Hon. D. T. Arap Moi officially opened on sports day. The school is still without an assembly which had to be omitted from an earlier building plan owing to lack of funds.

In 1974 the school was taken over by the government and it began to take more African pupils and teachers. The first African Headmistress was Mrs R. Kariuki. She took over from Miss Barnes in January 1977 and left in July of the same year after handing over the school to Mrs. M. W. Wanjohi on 22nd July 1977 to August 1999. After Mrs Wanjohi’s retirement in September 1999, Mrs Rosemary Saina took over from September 1999 to July 2015, She Handed over to the Deputy Mrs Lucy Mugendi who stayed upto December 31st 2015 who later handed over to Mrs Flora Mulatya who is the current Principal of the school.

There was school committee as early as 1932, whose members dedicated themselves to the well being of the school, in 1960, these duties were transferred to the board of governors. The school has had very able Heads of the board of governors e.g. Sir Phillip Mitchell (1960-1963), Mr J. G. Francis(1963-1965) and it is particularly indebted to Mr Charles Njonjo who served the school for 10 years (1966-1976), Mr Geoffrey  Kariithi (1977-1988), Dr. Eddah Gachukia (1984-1988) became the first lady chairperson of the board, Ms Margaret W. Kenyatta(1989-1996), Mrs Damaris Ayodo who served in the board from 1975 became chairperson (1996-1999), Mrs Rebecca Masese took over from 1999 to 2015 When Mr. Philip Njuki took over to date.

History cannot forget many dedicated people who played a very significant role in the running of the school such as Mr. Mortimer who donated the former main gate. There are several tables and chairs in the library donated by individual parents. In her will, Molly Nesbitt, left part of her money as bursary to the best French students annually.

Apart from these individuals, the government gave all the monies for the capital development. In the early 1980s cost sharing between the parents and the government was effected.The present Parents Teachers Association was started on 12th July, 1979. The idea was proposed by the Professor J.M. Mungai who became the first chairman. The following people acted as the care takers in the executive committee until the Annual General meeting was held. Professor Joseph M. Mungai, Ven. John Kago, Professor F. A. Mutere, Professor V. K. Gupta, Mrs M. Mpaayei, Mr. B.O.  Okudo, Mrs Grace Ogot, Mr. C. A. De Ameida, Mr Davidson Ngini and M. L. Handa, Deputy Registrar General.

The P.T.A. was registered with the Attorney General in October 1979 and Professor Joseph Mungai became the first P.T.A. chairman until 1985 when Mr Wasunna took over up to February 1995. Thereafter, the chairpersons of the P.T.A. were: Prof. K.  Wambari (1995-1997), Mr. P. E. Mwaisaka (1997-1998), Mr Lee Muthoga (1998-1999), Major (Rtd) C.N. Diffu (2007 -2009), Prof. J. Kaimenyi (2008 – 2009) ,Mr G. S. Mutungi (2009-2013), Dr. Bitange Ndemo (2013-2015) , Mrs. Gacicio( 2015-2016), Rev Robin Mulunda 2016-2017 the  P.A. chairman is Mr. Lilan  who took over in 2017 to date.

It is worthwhile noting that the school enrolment has gradually increased over time; in the late 30s the school had 35 students, in the 40s, 150 and this rose to 500 in the 50s.  This upward trend continued in the 60s with a total students’ body of 650. In the 70s the total population had risen to 700.The 80s and 90s had an enrollment of between 800 to 850.  Currently the school population stands at 1285 students.

The Kenya High School Contacts

Pioneer Activities and Persons

  • First open air Theatre in kenya; oenone theatre – The kenya high school

  • First African girl to be admitted to the Kenya High School; Anne Mithamo (1961)

  • First African teacher at the Kenya High School; Miss Pamela Ogot (1st May 1965)

  • First African Principal; Mrs. Rose Kariuki (1/1/1977 -21/7/1977)

  • First Parents Teachers’ Association; PTA – The Kenya High School – Registered in 1979

  • First Lady Chairperson of the BOG; DR. Eddah Gachukia (1984 – 1988)

The school has maintained a steady performance at the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, KCSE, exams. In 2018 Kenya High registered 205 candidates who scored a mean grade of an (A-) with a performance index of 76.03. During the 2019 KCSE exams the school had a candidature of 315 students.

The Kenya High School; Life and times
The Kenya High School; Life and times

 

 


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