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International Schools in Greece

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You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Greece with fee information. It includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools and you will find the right school to prepare for International Baccalaureate, and other diploma in Greece. Some schools will follow the American or British curriculums with English speaking programs while others are regulated under the French and German education system.

Education in Greece

The education system in Greece is administered by the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs. The Ministry exercises centralized control over state schools including dictating curriculum, appointing staff and controlling funding. Private schools also fall under the mandate of the Ministry. State-run education is free, including tuition and textbooks. However, shortages have resulted in some students needing to purchase stock books from bookshops, or participate in parent-teacher association-run book trades.

Education is a compulsion for all children between 6-15 years. The system is basically divided into three levels,

  • Primary (Dimotiko) - Divided into kindergarten (lasting one - two years) and primary school (6 years, from ages 6 to 14)
  • Secondary - Two stages: Gymnasio (compulsory three-year school) & Lykeion (academically-oriented High School) or Vocational training
  • Tertiary - Provided by Universities and Polytechnics, Technological Educational Institutes and Academies (cater for the military and the clergy).

International Schools

International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Greece. There may be some local population, but the schools are usually geared for an international student body. Schools follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, or France. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English, French, Spanish, German, or even Japanese. Schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam. Schools also provide internationally accepted accreditation such as the international baccalaureate.

Admission and enrollment procedures vary from school to school. Space is often limited and preference may be given to students based on nationality. Tuition tends to be expensive based on local standards, but offers high standards of learning, boast smaller class sizes, first-rate facilities, and extracurricular. Boarding facilities are available at some schools, but most only provide day classes.

Accreditation & Membership

  • The CoIS (Council of International Schools) is a non-profit association of international schools and post-secondary institutions which provides educational accreditation, teacher and leadership recruitment services, links to higher education, governance assistance and help with founding new schools.
  • Council of British International Schools (COBIS) is a global membership association of British International Schools.
  • New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) is a regional accrediting association which establishes standards for all levels of education, from pre-K to doctoral.

Athens

International School of Athens (ISA)
Address: P.O. Box 51051
145 10 Kifissia, Athens, Greece
Tel: (30) 210-6233-888
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Formerly TASIS, this is an International Baccalaureate (IB) School. ISA is a private school that serves students from Pre-K to 13. In addition to English, ISA provides Arabic and Mandarin Chinese language classes to adult learners.

Campion School
Address: Aghias Ioulianis Pallini
GR-15351
Tel: 2106071700
Tuition Rates: €6,680 - 12,420 per year

British-style international school that has a Lower School (Years 7, 8 & 9), Middle School (Years 10 & 11) and Upper School (Years 12 & 13). Each pupil belongs to a 'House', each named after a legendary Greek hero, which are the focus for sports contests and other competitions. Pupils up to and including Year 11 are required to wear school uniform. In the final two years, students are expected to conform to the dress code. It is an executive member of COBIS and its Head is a member of HMC, the prestigious organisation representing the majority of independent schools in the UK. Pupils in the Lower School in Years 7-9 follow an adapted British curriculum and sit the Cambridge Checkpoint exams in Year 9 to assess their academic progress. At the end of Year 11 pupils sit IGCSE examinations which serve as a pre-qualification for British university and excellent academic preparation for the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme. All students participate in the IB.

American Community Schools (ACS Athens)
Address: 129 Ag. Paraskevis & Kazantzaki Street
Halandri, Athens GR 15234
Tel: 30 21 0639 3200
Tuition Rates: €6,820 - 12,824 per day

International school that embraces American educational philosophy, principles and values. The official and instruction language throughout the grades is American English, except for modern language classes (Greek, French, Spanish). ACS Athens offers English language support classes for students as early as 1st grade. Students may earn the American High School Diploma, the International Baccalaureate Diploma, or the Greek High School Equivalency Diploma.

Glyfada Christian Academy
Address: Saki Karageorgia 117
Athens, Greece
Tel: 30 690 909 5125
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Based on an American system, this English language, Christian school provides classes for K-12.

St. Catherine's British School
Address: Leoforos Venizelou 77
141 23 , Lykovrissi, Athens, Greece
Tel: 210-2829 750, 210-2829 751
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Based on the UK system, there is a lower and upper school. It follows the National Curriculum (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) and lessons are taught primarily in the English language. A member of COBIS, it provides courses leading to IGCSE and the diploma of the International Baccalaureate.

The American College of Greece
Address: Gravias 6
Agia Paraskevi 153 42, Greece
Tel: 30 21 0600 9800
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This school follows American curriculum. There is an Undergraduate, Graduate Arts & Sciences and ALBA Graduate Business. It is accredited by NEASC.

French Schools in Athens

Lycée franco-hellénique Eugène-Delacroix
Address: rues Chlois & Trikalon / B.P. 60050
15301 Aghia Paraskevi, Athens, Greece
Tel: 211 300 91 00
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

The school provides a Franco-Hellenic French sector with a bilingual (French-Greek) education. The school caters to kindergarten and elementary, middle, and high school. Curriculum conforms to the guidelines of the Ministries of Education in France and Greece. The facility is part of the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE).

Saint Paul's Franco-Hellenic School
Address: Ch. Trikoupi 36
18536 Piraeus, Athens, Greece
Tel: 0104511954, 0104526496
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A private French language school founded in 1893 by French priest Pierre Berthet, of the Congregation of the Salesian Fathers of the Catholic Church. St. Paul's also offers German from level 1 through 4.

German School in Athens

Deutsche Schule Athen (DSA)
Address: Dimokritou 6 & Ziridi
GR 151 23 Maroussi
Tel: (30) 210 6199261-5
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Founded in 1896 by the famous archaeologist Wilhelm Dörpfeld, this bilingual (German-Greek) school offers a crosscultural education. The curricula corresponds to those of regular Greek schools with the chance to earn a Greek diploma.

Crete

European School in Heraklion (SEE)
Address: A. Nioti and Savathianon, 8 / P.O. Box 2099 Neo Stadio
712 02 Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Tel: 30 2810 301 780
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

The School of European Education is an international multi-lingual school for European employees of ENISA, The European Organisation for the Safety of Networks and Information. The European school provides nursery, primary and secondary school education. The school is actually based in a Greek school, the 3rd Dimotiko of Heraklion. As part of the public school system, there are no fees.

Theodoropoulos Private School
Address: PO Box 163, ravens, Cape
Chania, Crete 73142 Greece
Tel: 28210 66998
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A private school which teaches American curriculum. It is authorised by the Greek Ministry of Education. All international graduates are eligible to study anywhere.

Koropi

St Lawrence College
Address: Anemon st. / P.O. Box 74221
16602 Varkiza Attiki, Greece
Tel: 30210 8917000
Tuition Rates: €7,410 - 12,030 per day

Formed on British curriculum, this school provides a junior and senior school from ages age 3 – 19. Apart from English, there are classes in Modern Greek, French, Russian, Arabic and Mandarin Chinese. School uniform required.

Larissa

International Community School Larissa
Address: Schina Camp
Tyrnavos, 40100 Greece
Tel: (30) 24920 2223
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

English language school that is in the process of obtaining the IB program. There is a College Preparatory Program for students from 14 to 18 years old, and the IGCSE and Advancement Placement Programs (AP).

Marousi

Doukas School
Address: Meooyeiwv 36
Marousi 151 26, Greece
Tel: 30 21 0618 6000
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A kindergarten, primary, middle and High School founded in 1917 that offers the IB program. Students may take the International Baccalaureate, GCE, or BTEC.

Thessaloniki

Anatolia College
Address: P.O. Box 21021 / 555 10 Pylea
Thessaloniki, Greece
Tel: 30-2310-398-357
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Comprised of Anatolia Elementary School, Anatolia High School, and the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT). There is a boarding option and the IB program.

Pinewood American International School
Address: 14th km Thessalonikis-N.Moudanion / PO Box 60606, 57001
Thermi, Thessaloniki, Greece
Tel: 30 2310 301221
Tuition Rates: €6,300 - 10,812 per year

An independent, non-profit, US curriculum, college-preparatory school with courses in English for pre kindergarten through grade 12. Greek, French, and Spanish are taught as foreign languages. Offers the IB program & boarding facilities from grade 7 through grade 12.

French Schools in Thessaloniki

École française de Thessalonique
Address: Leoforos Stratou 2A
Thessaloniki, Greece
Tel: 30 2310 821 231
Tuition Rates: €3,150 - 4,185 per year

French language school starting from the age of 3 to graduation. Education is trilingual (French-English-Greek) and multicultural.