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International Schools in Ivory Coast

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

Education in Ivory Coast

The education system in Côte D'Ivoire or the Ivory Coast consists of three stages:

  • Primary School - Six years leading to a certificate of primary studies
  • Secondary School - Seven years, leading to a certificate or baccalauréat.
  • University education, technical or teacher-training institutions

The school year is divided into three terms beginning in September, a break at Christmas and Easter, and a two-month summer recess. The average week consisted of approximately thirty hours of classes, Monday through Saturday morning.

The literacy rate in Ivory Coast remains low at only about 48%. Many children are not enrolled in school, and few female students continue on to secondary education. At the end of secondary education, students can sit the Baccalauréat examination.

International Schools

International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Ivory Coast. However, an armed conflict in 2004 between France and the Ivory Coast shut down many schools, including a majority of the International schools. Some schools remained open, with more re-opening in recent years.

Schools may have some local population, but 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 or French. 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

  • Council of International Schools (CoIS) 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.
  • Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) is a membership network for international Schools in Africa established to serve the professional development needs of its membership.

Abidjan

Enko John Wesley International School
Address: Near Cite GESTOCI - Angre
P.O. 08 BP 840, Abidjan 08, Ivory Coast
Tel: +225 87 24 24 16  or +225  02 20 27 55
Tuition Rates: 2 000 000 FCFA per year

Enko John Wesley International School is an international school covering Form 5 to Upper 6th.  International Baccalaureate diploma programme is taught leading up to the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Upper 6th. The medium of instruction is English and French and admissions are based on an entrance test.

Enko Riviera International School
Address: Near Lycee Francais Blaise Pascal - Riviera 3
P.O. Box 784728, Rivera 3, Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire
Tel: +225 87 14 14 92  or at +225 02 20 27 56
Tuition Rates: 2 000 000 FCFA per year

Enko Riviera International School is an international school covering Form 1 to Form 5. The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme is taught up to Form 5. The medium of instruction is English and French and admissions are based on an entrance test.

International Bilingual Schools of Africa
Address: Rue L125 - II Plateaux, 7eme tranche,
Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire
Tel: (+225) 49 42 08 06 - (+225) 53 57 66 66
Email: info@ibsa.africa
Tuition Rates: 4000 USD (lunch included) per year

Co-Ed Bilingual International School (English - French languages) offering grades PreK-5. Curriculum is based on the International British and French systems. Student-centered education. Special needs program. IBSA is a member school of International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Bilingual curriculum starts from the age of 2 in a multicultural environment.

International Community School of Abidjan
Address: 06 BP 544
Abidjan 06, Cote D'Ivoire
Tel: +225 22471152
Tuition Rates: $9,350 - 15,950 per year

English language co-ed school for students from 5-19 years old. Curriculum is based on the US system with the high school program providing university/college preparatory classes. Accredited by the MSA and CoIS.

International Demonstration School of Abidjan

Address: 06 BP 2581
Abidjan 06, Cote D'Ivoire (Near Abidjan Mall)
Tel: +225 22497090
Email: admin@idsabidjan.com
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A Prek – 12 co-ed International English School. Curriculum is based on the American model of education, and graduates are awarded the American High School Diploma by their partner, University of Nebraska High School (UNHS), United States.

Morning Glory International School
Address: 06 BP 768
Near Bingerville, Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire
Tel: 225-22 - 40 - 13 - 44
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A day co-educational school that provides education in English for international students based on the University of Cambridge International Examination program.

The English-speaking School
Address: 06 BP 544,
Abidjan 06, Cote D'Ivoire
Tel: 225 2247 1152 / 4166
E-mail: office@icsa.ac.c
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Education in English for students from preschool through Grade 12. All subjects are taught in English, with the exception of language courses (French and Swahili). The school is an affiliate member of the Association of International Schools in Africa.

Private Preparatory School
Address: 06 BP 768
Abidjan 06, Cote D'Ivoire
Tel: 225 411572
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Co-ed international primary school. Students from 2 - 11 years old.

French Schools in Abidjan

Lycée Blaise Pascal d'Abidjan
Address: 25 BP 2257
Riviera 3, Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire
Tel: (225) 22 40 55 80
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

The school provides a French/English bilingual program and it is managed by L’AREF (Association pour la Réouverture des Ecoles Françaises). High school courses prepare students for DNB and the baccalauréats français: L (littérature, langues), ES (sciences économiques) et S (mathématiques, sciences). The majority of students are French with Ivory Coast students as well as other nationalities.

Le Cours Sévigné
Address: 01 BP 940
26, rue Calmette, Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire
Tel: 21.35.74.75
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A French language Primaire and Secondaire school.

Groupe Scolaire Paul Langevin d'Abidjan
Address: Rue du Canal, Zone 4C 735bis SB ilôt 76 18
BP 2149 A Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire
Tel: (225) 21 25 51 11
E:mail: chdalquier@aviso.ci
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

French language school with curriculum approved by the L'Agence pour l'enseignement du français à l'étranger (AEFE).

La Pépinière des Deux Plateaux
Address: Boulevard Latrille Cocody II Plateau / 08 BP 1387
Abidjan 08 Cote D'Ivoire
Tel: 00 225 22 41 33 36/00 225 22 41 56 73
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school
E-mail: pepiniere@aviso.ci

Maternelle to CM2 French language school.

Le Nid de Cocody d'Abidjan
Address: 08 BP 157
Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire
Tel: (225) 22.44.27.63 / (225) 22.44.01.96
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This French language international school combines French and Ivorian curriculum. The school that consists of Toute Petite Section (TPS), Moyenne Section (MS), Grande Section (GS), CP, CE1, CE2, CM1, CM2.

International Farandole
Address: 01 BP 3114
Abidjan 01 Cote D'Ivoire
Tel: 225 22 41 46 10
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

French international school from kindergarten to graduation. The school features the French national education system and an independent School of Engineering in Computer Science (member of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie). Graduating students may earn the French and Ivorian Bachelor degrees.

Cours Lamartine
Address: 11 BP 1700
Abidjan 11 Cote D'Ivoire
Tel: (225) 21 75 85 30/31/32
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This school remained open during the 2004 conflict and provides French language and curriculum.

Ecole Internationale Jules Verne
Address: Route de Bingerville / 06 BP 2597
Abidjan 06 Cote D'Ivoire
Tel: (225) 22 40 00 99 / (225) 02 90 40 02
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Provides a partnerships between English and French with bilingual instruction. The school operates under the auspices of the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs and is run in conjunction with the AEFE (Agency for the Teaching of French Abroad).