Makena School was set up in 1996 by the late Mrs. L.A. Obonyo, the proprietor, and a well renowned early childhood and primary school administrator. She had pursued a course in Early Childhood Education in Siriba Teachers College and was later employed by the Nairobi City Council and was required to set up a number of nursery schools within the city.
She first set up Parklands nursery school and later set up two other schools in Highridge and Mbagathi. In 1989, she joined JKUAT to initiate another nursery school project which stands today as Jomo Kenyatta Academy. After twenty years of experience in successfully setting up and running nursery schools for various reputable organizations, she decided that it was time to pursue her long-held ambition to start her own school. She renovated one of her rental houses in Juja into a Nursery School (which still currently houses the Kindergarten). Makena, the name of the school, attracted her as it had the connotation of happiness as was her determination to make children happy through learning.
Her aim was to design and implement a school program where a child learns the nature of the world through observation, manipulation, and exploration. The main goal was to offer quality education with a difference to the children by striving for excellence and aiming for the highest possible standards attainable for each child educationally, behaviorally and morally.