Makini Schools was founded in February 1978. It was then called the Riara Gardens Academy and began as a nursery school with just 8 children. This was in a colonial bungalow where once lived the founders, the late Dr. Pius Okelo and Dr. Mary Okelo.
The school then organically grew in phases and by 1980 another plot was bought across the Kirichwa River. In 1981, the name was changed to Makini Schools.
In 1996 the high school was opened enrolling 27 boys in Form 1. The following year, it admitted girls. Currently, the school has four campuses: the Ngong Road (mother) campus and the Makini Junior Academy on State House Avenue in Nairobi; Makini Junior School Migosi and Makini School Kibos in Kisumu.
On its 40th anniversary in 2018, the school changed ownership from the Okelo’s and is now under the ADvTECH Group. Our aim is to become a world class Kenyan curriculum school in the region
Makini will actively encourage and facilitate: The formation of each student’s moral character, unique skills, capabilities and talents; the creation of a strong communal ethos of social responsibility; and the achievement of the highest possible academic results.
Makini’s vision is to provide quality education at affordable cost and to create centres of excellence in which each child will develop: the highest possible moral, academic, cultural and sporting standards; a wide range of interests, capacities and talents; a strong sense of social responsibility and carry these values into adult life.