The Daraja Academy focuses on Form 1-4, the U.S. equivalent of 9th to 12th grade. At its peak, we hope to serve 104 students each year with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. Utilizing the KCSE standards, we entwine a specialized curriculum focused on the occupational interests of its students. Major components of the school include a cyber international classroom, a school garden and farm and women’s empowerment classes. A boarding school atmosphere facilitates an environment where we can educate the entire student.
Daraja Academy’s student population is drawn from many areas:
- The Nairobi Slums : These are areas outside of Nairobi City Center where the buildings are made of rusted corrugated tin and the streets are filled with an unemployed populace. The children of these families are subjected to poverty, disease, crime, and violence.
- The Local Community in the Laikipia District : In the community surrounding Daraja Academy are two small primary schools. Of the students who complete primary school in this area only 1% move onto secondary school primarily because of poverty and tribal traditions.
- The Northern Tribes : These tribes are predominately semi-nomadic people who live in the drought-stricken areas of Northern Kenya. Due to the circumstances of being a pastoralist people who follow their herds based on the seasons, their children lose access to schooling.
- The Kenyan Coast: Rich in history, but poor in opportunity for uneducated girls, the coast is a dichotomy of two different classes- rich tourists who sit on the beach, and working class Kenyans. Our students come from areas around Mombasa, including Ganze district, which is the poorest and one of the driest in all of Kenya.