The Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa is part of a network of schools, called Aga Khan Academies, dedicated to an international level of excellence in every facet of education. The Academy began operating on a new 18-acre (7.3 hectares) campus in the Kizingo area in August of 2003.
The Academy offers a broad, multidisciplinary education with an emphasis on the humanities. Students study a range of subjects that include, but are not limited to, history; literature; the general sciences comprising physics, biology and chemistry; philosophy and ethics; the mastery of a foreign language and the study of foreign cultures; comparative religion; the history, theory and criticism of the arts; and the social sciences, including political science, government and global economics. Admission is based solely on merit. It is also means-blind - that is, selection is based not on the ability to pay but on merit determined by a wide range of criteria, including academic strengths and overall potential.
The Aga Khan Academy implements the Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate system for students aged 3-11 in grades 1-6. Students in the Middle Years Programme, for ages 11-16 are taught in a challenging and enriching educational environment which emphasises the mastery of basic skills, the ability to analyse and think critically, the development of self-discipline and good work habits, the acquisition of computer literacy and progressive skill development. The Programme offers Key Stage 3 (Grades 7-9) and the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) (Grades 10-11). At the Senior School, the Academy incorporates the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) for students aged 16-18 preparing the students for university.