You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Madagascar 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 Madagascar. Schools may follow the American curriculum with an English speaking program while others run under the French system.
Education in Madagascar
Education in Madagascar began with Arab seafarers who established Islamic primary schools (kuttabs). This included transcription of the Malagasy language using Arabic script, known as sorabe.
Today's education requires that schooling is mandatory for children between 6 and 14. Secondary education is divided into a junior secondary stage and a senior secondary stage. After the completion of junior level, certificates are received and after completing senior secondary, the baccalaureate is given.
International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Madagascar. International schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam.
There is usually local population, as well as an international student body. Schools may follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, France, etc. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English. 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.
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) is among the premier accrediting associations in the world.
International Schools in Antananarivo
American School of Antananarivo (ASA)
Address: BP 1717
Tel: 261 20 2242039
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school
ASA is an independent, coeducational, international school. It caters to students from pre-school to grade 12 with instruction in English. The curriculum follows the US national public school and is accredited by the MSA.
French International Schools in Antananarivo
Lycée français de Tananarive
Address: Soarano, Antananarivo, Madagascar
Tel: 261 20 22 415 13
Tuition Rates: 4,971,400 - 19,624,800 per year
The French school of Antananarivo provides classes for students from pre-kindergarten to high school. Education is multilingual (French/English) with Curriculum based on the French system.
Chrysalis School Madagascar
Address: B.P. 242
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school
Lycée Privé Chrysalide (Chrysalis Private High School) provides education for students from 12 to 19 years. Instruction is in French, with additional courses in English and Malagasy.