School type Coeducational Day
Head of school Brother Moses Wafula
Co-ed Age Range 8-19 years
Number of pupils 846
Day fees per annum Kshs429,220 (US$4,088)
Curriculum IBDP, IGCSE, Natl
Language of Instruction English St. Mary's School is a private Catholic Day School founded by the Holy Ghost Fathers in 1939. It is owned and managed by the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi which is committed to providing spiritual, intellectual and international consciousness. In September 2014, the school celebrated its Diamond Jubilee Anniversary. The school philosophy is based on the school motto: Bonitas - Goodness, Disciplina - Discipline and Scientia - Knowledge. These three inspiring virtues, have created the community spirit of St. Mary's today.
The school prides itself with a modern cafeteria department that provides hot meals to students at reasonable prices. We also have a well-managed transport system that serves most areas around Nairobi.
St. Mary's has well-equipped libraries and computer laboratories with Wi-fi internet connectivity, a Careers counselor, well organized yearly Careers Fair and a weekly Pastoral programme for students of all denominations.
The school offers a range of sports like rugby, soccer, basketball, swimming, squash, table-tennis and lawn-tennis. We hold renowned yearly events like The Blackrock Rugby Festival and the Annual School Musical. Students are also encouraged to participate in inter-house drama and debating competitions.
Students may also join the School Orchestra, undertake the ABRSM Music examinations in the Cardinal Otunga Music Center or participate in the East Africa Model United Nations as delegates or Ambassadors. Community service is expected of all those in the IB Diploma programme. Students engage in service activities at New Life Home, Nairobi and Aga Khan Hospitals and at St. Martin's School Kibagare, in the Kangemi slums.
There has been a growing demand for admission to the International Baccalaureate Programme. Over 50 students now sit for the IB Diploma each year and about 90% of them proceed for university education, in the USA, the UK, Canada and South Africa. More students now opt to attend local Kenyan public or private universities to study for their Medicine or Engineering degrees.
The school is proud that it offers a holistic education founded on the belief that education is for the growth of the whole person in body, mind and spirit.