Hillcrest Secondary School has a unique and long-standing reputation within East Africa. Our cultural diversity, academic, creative, and sporting prowess, and wide-ranging opportunities provided to broaden the mind, body, and spirit are well-established. We equip our students to develop into effective young adults and world citizens.
We aim to ensure Semper Prospice (always looking forward) is a lifelong mission, achieving this through partnerships with parents, support staff, and governors. The cohesive community and low student-teacher ratios enable our students to be stimulated and challenged academically. Each student is encouraged to aim high and is supported to achieve personal examination success, opening the door to further and higher education and their chosen career path.
Hillcrest Secondary Head Teacher
At Hillcrest, we follow the British National Curriculum while making the most of the opportunities provided by our environment and location in Kenya. The breadth of the curriculum offered at both Years 9–11 (IGCSEs) and Years 12–13 (A-Levels & BTECs) is second to none. The Cambridge International Examinations Board is our preferred choice of syllabus in the majority of subject areas.
Junior Secondary level students in Year 9 (13–14 years) follow Key Stage 3 compulsory subjects plus additional elective options. Year 9 is viewed as the first year of IGCSE preparation, and students begin selecting some optional subjects.
Years 10 and 11
At Middle Secondary level, in Years 10 and 11 (14–16 years old), students choose up to 10 subjects to study for their IGCSEs. Students select these subjects in Term 3 of Year 9, allowing them plenty of experience in the classroom in order to make informed decisions.
Selections include a minimum of six compulsory academic subjects and a number of optional subjects, choosing from a diverse range of 22 IGCSE subjects. We offer a range of five languages, out of which a Year 9 student can select up to two. In addition, we have a dedicated team of teachers delivering the PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health, and Community Education) programme once every two weeks.
Lower Secondary Level
In Lower Secondary level students in Year 9 (13 to 14 years old) follow Key Stage 3 of the National Curriculum. Compulsory subjects include:
In addition, we offer the following electives:
Year 9 is viewed as the first year of IGCSE preparation, and students begin selecting option subjects in preparation for Year 10 and 11 courses.
Middle Secondary Level
At Middle Secondary level, in Years 10 and 11 (14 to 16 years old), students study the following compulsory subjects:
In addition, these students can also study the following optional subjects:
Learners choose up to 10 subjects to study for their IGCSEs. Some students may opt to sit for exams in subjects not taught in the normal school schedule, such as languages like Dutch or Hindi, where parents make private arrangements to recruit tutors. This will raise the examinable subjects to more than 10.