Lower Secondary (Year 7 – Year 9, ages 11-14)
- English Language and Literature
- Mathematics and ICT
- French and Kiswahili
- Biology, Chemistry and Physics
- Geography and History
- Art and Design and Music
- Physical Education
Students are also taught Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). PSHE is directly concerned with the individual development of each child, and involves counselling (both peer and individual), a Life skills and Study skills programme, and Career guidance.
St. Austin’s emphasises the need for students to interact with the local community and to respect the natural environment. Students are actively involved in community service projects and regularly visit National Parks, the National Museum and other institutions that promote interest in natural history.
Each Year group has an assigned Prefect in a form of peer counselling, and to allow for student representation in the Academy’s government structure. St. Austin’s has a tradition of sporting excellence and is one of the top schools in the country in both Basketball and Swimming
In the modern world computer literacy is just as important as numeracy and the ability to read and write. Students are taught how to use word processing and presentation packages, how to use and set up databases and spreadsheets and how to access and download information from the internet.
The programme of study includes theoretical as well as practical issues so students learn how computers are used in modern society.
Students are also trained to use ICT across the curriculum, learning how this subject can be employed to obtain, process and express information in all the subjects they study.
Upper Secondary (Year 10 – Year 13)
The Upper Secondary curriculum at St. Austin’s Academy offers breadth and balance to provide challenges and opportunities for students, preparing them for the finest national and international universities. The Academy offers programmes leading to the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), Advanced Subsidiary (AS-Level) and Advanced Level (A-Level) qualifications offered by Cambridge International Examinations.
As in the lower secondary school there is a strong co-curricular and PSHE programme. Students are encouraged to take part in the President’s Award Scheme and the East African Model United Nations.
IGCSE (Years 10 – 11, ages 14 – 16)
IGCSE caters for the needs of an international student body. The curriculum and method of assessment follow directly from the Lower Secondary programme, and flow smoothly into the A-Level programme.
Students are prepared for a wide range of subjects. Mathematics, English Language, Literature and Computer Studies are compulsory and students then choose an additional four subjects. The current list of optional subjects is: Kiswahili, French, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History, Sociology, Business Studies, Global Perspectives, Musics and Art and Design.
The Sixth Form
Years 12 and 13 comprise the Sixth Form, a pre-university programme that prepares students to enter any university in any country in the world which recognises the British A-Level qualifications.
Year 12 is a general year and introduces students to A-Level’s academic demands. It caters both for students who have come from IGCSE and for those who have entered the programme from other curricula including the KCSE. Students opt for four or five subjects, leading to AS-Level and A-Level qualifications. Year 13 is a specialist year. Students will have selected three subjects from their Year 12 programme for A-Level examinations and now focus on them in depth.
The AS-Level programme was introduced as from the 2000/01 academic year with the intention of widening a student’s course of study and of encouraging students oriented towards the Sciences to follow an Arts course and vice versa. An AS-Level is equal to half an A-Level and the examination can be taken at the end of one year of study, whereas the A-Level examination requires two years of preparation.
The current list of subjects is drawn from: English Literature, French, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History, Sociology, Economics, Business Studies, Mathematics, Art and Design, ICT, Psychology and Law. Subjects actually offered depend on demand.