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Kennedy House International School is a leading international primary school for pupils aged 2-13.


Our school is situated on a stunning campus in Usa RIver, a 30-minute drive from Arusha. Many of our families enjoy the benefits of living in Usa River and we also operate a daily door-to-door minibus service for those who live in Arusha.

We hope that our website gives you a flavour of our wonderful school and we would be delighted to welcome you to Kennedy House to see for yourself the education that we offer.

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Despite Kennedy House being with me for almost 15 years, I am yet to get over the feeling of immense pride and belonging as I journey through the school gates and down the main drive on my way into school each morning. I am reminded that we are a school which is ‘getting it right’ and leading the way forward in Prep-School Education. There is such an incredible feeling of community here at Kennedy House that the pages of our website can only begin to capture – it is palpable when you are here on our school grounds. We are surrounded by nature, space and beauty.

Choosing the right school for your child is an incredibly important decision. You wish to see your child grow in confidence, fulfilment and character.  You hope that your child will be fully prepared for the life that lies ahead.    And, of course, you want your child to be happy.

Our ethos at Kennedy House rests on three main principles: Like you, we want the best for your child, and we will do our very best to help your child develop as a happy, curious, respectful, resilient, and kind person. We aim to instill relationships and friendships that are formed by values such as kindness, tolerance, inclusivity, and trust; a love of learning and the pursuit of excellence in everything we do.

In addition to being a school where happiness and wellbeing are paramount, we are also seeking to cultivate a range of skills, characteristics and mindsets in our young people, including a willingness to take risks, a keenness to work as part of a team and open-mindedness, both in terms of thinking outside the box and in believing there are no ceilings to learning. Creativity is embedded within the curriculum from the classroom to the games field, empowering the children to take charge of and reflect on their learning.

The value of a child being in a small class (the average class size being 12) cannot be underestimated. Over a week, a month, a term and a year the cumulative one-to-one attention from teachers adds up to provide a significant advantage for our children. Our children progress to their next schools after completion of year 8 as confident, successful and independent individuals.

Although we are a small school, we are big in ambition. We want our pupils to leave us as mature and responsible young men and women, imbued with the skills required to tackle the challenges of the 21st century whilst retaining a sense of traditional values, which are timeless. We are proud of our school and of what our children achieve on a daily basis.

I am deeply fortunate to be part of a school where excitement, passion and imagination shape every day.  There is kindness here, thoughtfulness, a sense of service and much fun and laughter.  We love the happy, positive buzz spilling from every classroom and we enjoy learning and growing together.  Please do come and see for yourself. I do hope that the website provides a helpful insight into our school and the ambition we have for each child.

In the meantime, please watch the short video above which gives you a feel for our idyllic site.

Frances Charters, Headmistress of Kennedy House International School, Arusha, Tanzania




Frances Charters,

Head of School


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  • We pride ourselves on our caring and supportive atmosphere in an outstanding rural setting.

  • We have small class sizes (1:12) and a highly qualified and experienced staff from the UK, USA, South Africa and Tanzania.

  • We provide a tailored curriculum which allows our pupils to be well prepared for senior schools in the UK or for international schools around the world.

  • We have outstanding facilities on our beautiful 20-acre campus, including a 25m swimming pool, tennis and netball courts, pitches for football, rugby and hockey, a science lab, music and art rooms and a performance space for drama.

  • We run a comprehensive sports and co-curricular programme, with a full fixture list that offers all children the opportunity to represent their school at sport, and an activities programme for physical, creative and cerebral interest alike.

  • We offer a family friendly school day, with drop off from 7.45am and activities until 4pm. We operate a daily door-to-door minibus service to Arusha.


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As you will see from this video of Year 1 pupils, Kennedy House children have the confidence to speak their minds and articulate their thoughts.
The children are at the centre of everything we do here at Kennedy House. They help us bring focus to our teaching and always keep us on our toes with their wisdom and wit which constantly surprise us every school day.
Here we asked Year 1 for their thoughts on all kinds of things. With the help of a parent, they produced this thoughtful video which gives a flavour, not only for the minds that we are nurturing but also for their wonderful sense of humour...

Kennedy House International School

Usa River,


PO Box 350   

​Tel: +255 (0) 689119788 

+255 (0) 784 222 820

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