1. Who may attend NLA?
NLA admits female only form one student from the greater East African region for a four year 8-4-4 system of education that also integrates a leadership and entrepreneurship program. To attend, applicants must have scored a minimum of 300 of 500 marks in KCPE or the equivalent in their respective national examinations. In addition, they must also demonstrate passion towards community-focused leadership &/or entrepreneurial abilities or potential. Applicants with special talents & skills will also have added advantages.
To apply, visit the NLA website. Applicants will be expected to download and fill the application form and also submit their academic transcripts. Both will inform the success of the applicant’s application.
2. What is the difference between NLA and other high schools?
NLA will open its doors to its pioneer class in January 2016. NLA’s vision is to provide educational opportunities for young women in a rigorous transformational programme. Other than exemplary academics, we emphasise leadership development, entrepreneurship, and community service.
Unlike most traditional high school programs, our academic program focuses mainly on core courses. NLA students are engaged in a comprehensive and challenging course of study that is designed to meet high school graduation requirements coupled with life skill lessons that provide a foundation for future success.
3. How are students selected to attend NLA?
On filling the application form, the review committee will score each application based on the applicant’s history and potential. 200 slots are available every year and applicants are encouraged to read and research about the school and its vision before filling in their application forms.
4. What classes will be available for NLA students?
Besides the regular 8-4-4 subjects, NLA will offer the following core and extra-curricular classes to its students:
- Creative arts
- Foreign languages – French & Chinese Mandarin
- Various sports
Others – as informed by the needs of the students.
5. What career development opportunities will NLA students experience?
Our comprehensive career development programme is implemented in developmentally appropriate methods. The programme will vary from level to level to ready students to become both college- and career-ready for their future leadership roles. Career development encompasses four stages that help students move from the cognitive to the experiential:
- Career awareness,
- Career exploration,
- Career preparation, and
- Career training.
6. What calendar will NLA follow?
NLA will follow the 8-4-4 calendar as prescribed by the Kenyan government.
7. Are there clubs and organizations for students to join at NLA?
We encourage our students to identify and develop formative associations (Clubs) that will expose and prepare them for the realities of the world. NLA will fully support such associations that meet the interests of our students. Clubs offered may change from year to year based on students and staff needs and interests.
8. How will NLA students participate in sports?
Sports and physical activity will be entrenched in the NLA experience. Apart from being essential to good health and wellbeing, these activities allow us to challenge our limits and experience the thrill of teamwork, healthy competition and giving our best towards a desired common purpose.
9. What communication structures will be available to NLA families?
NLA will post monthly newsletters on our website throughout the year to provide important school information to parents and students. Other important school information can be found on the NLA website at the news page.
10. How can families/corporates/stakeholders be involved at NLA?
There are many ways to be involved, including:
- Joining the Parents Teacher Students Association (PTSA) and attend regular meetings.
- Volunteering to assist with school events.
- Being a volunteer coach, mentor or career advisor.
- Offering internships and office based visits.
- Meeting your child’s friends and get to know their parents.
- Taking advantage of family programs and resources offered at the school.
- Discussing your child’s schoolwork.
- Responding to school surveys.
- Being part of community and extra-curricular activities.
- Any others that could be suggested.
Each student will participate in Leadership & Entrepreneurship Classes (LEC) and our advisor-advisee programme. During LEC, students develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills on a personal, community, national, global, advocacy and mentorship continuum. This unique, customised leadership and entrepreneurship programme engages students in exercises and experiential activities that allow them to understand, appreciate and nurture various leadership styles while focusing on skills such as (but not limited to):
- Personal mastery.
- Talent identification and management
- Expanded worldviews & global awareness.
- Multiple intelligences – emotional, intellectual, social, cultural.
- Conflict management.
- Harnessing technology positively.
- Environmental stewardship.
- Current events and controversial issues
- Corporate governance.
- Social responsibility.
- Communication and non-fiction literacy proficiency
The LEC will also cover issues pertinent to adolescent/teenage girls. Students will critically analyse current events involving women in leadership and devote time to completing quarterly projects. Units of study are arranged thematically and in accordance with the needs of each grade level. Learners will be encouraged to fully engage in each class to benefit from the programme.