International Schools in Bahrain

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You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Bahrain 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 Bahrain. Some schools may follow the American or British curriculums with English speaking programs while others are regulated under the French or Islamic education system.

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

Bahrain has the oldest public education system in the Arabian Peninsula. Since the 1970s, education has been one of the largest current government expenditures, but the country is striving for higher degrees of literacy. Liberalisation of the education sector has allowed for the opening of private educational facilities.


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. The North Central Association of Schools and Colleges is an accrediting agency for the area. Middle States Association for Accreditation of Colleges & Schools (MSA) is an American accrediting body. British Schools of the Middle East (BSME) is a popular association for the area.


Naseem International School
Address: PO Box 28503
Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: (973) 17 782000
Tuition Rates: 1,725 - 3,393 Bahraini dinar per year

Classes are available from nursery (3 years old) to High School (17 years old). The campus comprises a spacious three block building housing 56 air-conditioned classrooms, science laboratories, IT labs, design technology workshop, auditorium, libraries, office area and conference facilities.

Hawar International School (HIS)
Address: P.O. Box 38338
West Riffa, Bahrain
Tel: 973 13 666 555
Tuition Rates: 1,260 - 3,060 Bahraini dinar per year

Educational levels from Nursery Level through to High School Level. The school is recognized by the Ministry of Education of Bahrain and follows Arabic and English Subjects. In addition, the school is capable of educating students in need of Special Education.

Riffa Views International School
Address: Building 407, Road 4303
Block Al-Mazrowiah 943 Riffa, Bahrain
Tel: 1656-5004
Tuition Rates: 2,500 - 8,800 Bahraini dinar per year

A non-profit, college preparatory school that implements the best educational practices from around the world. The school provides an American curriculum and is applying to become an IB World school, which would make them eligible to offer the International Baccalaureate diploma program. Classes are available from nursery to secondary.

KG Kids Preschool
Address: Building # 925, ROAD # 2623
Riffa 926 Bahrain
Tel: (973) 17 663 556
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This pre-school offers high standards, providing a bilingual program following both the British curriculum and an Arabic program. Students range from 6 months to 6 years.

Shaikha Hessa Girls School
Address: Building 1525, Road 4226
West Riffa 942, Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: 1775 6111
Tuition Rates: 1,520 - 3,080 Bahraini dinar per term

Shaika Hessa Girls School is the first private all girls school in Bahrain. The school has an international curriculum, culminating in IGCSE and IB programs.


Abdulrahman Kanoo International School (ARKIS)
Address: PO Box 2512
Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: 973 -17875055
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This is a recognized IB World School. The IGCSE is a pre-requisite qualification for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP). Students are required to register for six subjects from the five sections of the IB Curriculum Hexagon which ensures the breadth of curriculum required by national and international university systems. Students are expected to register three subjects at Higher level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL) from: Arabic, English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Economics, Business and Management, ITGS and Computer Science. In addition students do Islamic studies, Social studies, Physical education, Theory of knowledge, CAS and an Extended Essay. Students need to pass all of the above to graduate from ARKIS.

Bahrain International School Dormitory (BISD)
Address: Gate 103 Juffair Avenue
Manama Town 342 Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: 973 17729926
Tuition Rates: US$ 23,676 per year; Boarding 4,600 Bahraini dinar per year

A college preparatory high school, it is run by US Department of Defense (DoDEA). Classes are available from kindergarten to grade 12. The school is one of the oldest schools in Bahrain and has been operating for over 40 years. The school offers IB and American Diploma and Advanced Placement courses. Boarding is available. The school is accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

Arabian Gulf Pearl School (AGP)
Address: Building 1786, Road 6359
Manama, Bahrain
Tel: 00973 17403666
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A preschool, elementary, middle and high school, the school is located next to the Khamis Mosque - the first mosque in Bahrain. Arabic, English, French is used in the facility of 3 Laboratories , Library, AV Room, playgrounds, conference halls, music room, and more. The APG school certificate is accredited by Bahrain’s Ministry of Education (MoE) and is recognized by the GCC countries. APG is a Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Centre authorized to offer the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) for 14-16 year olds. In addition, the school offers the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP).

Al Mahd Day Boarding School (AMDBS)
Address: P.O.Box 30331
Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: 973 17 792422
Tuition Rates: 55 - 115 Bahraini dinar per month

Three campuses - Saar, Samaheej, and East Riffa - make up this school. The school was awarded International Centre Status by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), of Cambridge University, which is one of the world's leading providers of educational qualifications and assessments. This status reflects the quality of teaching and the high standards of administration demonstrated throughout the school. Registration and admission for the academic year starting in September opens in April of each year.

Budaiya Pre-School
Address: P.O.Box: 30255
Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: (973) 17 663 556
Tuition Rates: Children attending 2 days per week BD 260.000; Children attending 3 days per week BD 430.000; Children attending 5 days per week BD 610.000

This pre-school follows the British curriculum and welcomes children from all nationalities aged from two to five. The Budaiya Pre-School is fully licensed by the government of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The school is open Sunday to Thursday, from 8:00 to 12:00. Uniforms are required.


Al Noor International School (ALNIS)
Address: P.O. Box 85
Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: 973 1 773 6773
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This school follows a curricular program made up of three types: British, Bahraini (Thawjihiya), and Indian. Grades range from Kindergarten to Grade 12 with ages 3 to 18. It caters to the IGCSE course offered by the University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate, as well as AS Level (Advanced Subsidiary Level), and A Level (Advanced Level) qualifications. Subjects are offered in Arabic and English.

The Modern Knowledge School
Address: PO Box 15826
Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: 973 17727712 - 17727838
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This is a privately owned American curriculum school. It follows American Curriculum and offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma and Certificate program for students in Grades 11 and 12. The school also has a strong commitment to bilingual education, and students are additionally offered a curriculum in Arabic (language, social studies and religion). It offers education for children from age 2 to 18.

Dilmun School
Address: Building 396
Road NO. 2717, Block 327
Adliya, Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: 973 17713483
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This school provides a British style education following the British Curriculum. Students range in age from 3 to 11 years and from a variety of backgrounds. Uniforms are required. The School is open on Sunday through Thursday, from 8:00 to 13:00.

Choueifat International School (ICS)
Address: P.O. Box 50559
Amwaj Island, Arad, Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: (973-160) 33333
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Offering the SABIS system of education, English is the medium of instruction but Arabic is strongly stressed throughout the curriculum. International students study French as their second language. For students whose second language is Arabic, French is also introduced once competence in the first and second languages has been achieved.

Nadeen School
Address: PO Box 26367
Adliya, Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: 973-17-728886
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Established in 1978, this is a Primary School consisting of Pre-School, Infant, and Junior sections. Classes are for Pre-Nursery through to Year 6, ages 2-11. The school follows British Curriculum, and supplement our activities and learning with different curriculum from Australian and New Zealand schemes. It is a registered member of the BSME association. Uniforms are required.

Talent International & Infant School
Address: P.O.Box: 26625
Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: 973 17 252346
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Students range from two to eighteen years old. Instruction is primarily in English and the teachings follows the National British Curriculum. Arabic and Islamic studies are provided to Muslim pupils while French is the second foreign language taught to all pupils.

Sanabil Private School (SPS)
Address: Bld. 2614, Road 717
Block 571, Janabiya Road
Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: 973 17 693941, 17794121
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Provides an American curriculum with many extracurricular activities.

Ajyaal Montessori
Address: PO BOX 31460
Manama, Bahrain
Tel: 1761 3144
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Focuses on Montessori education with curriculum in both English and Arabic. Children are accepted from 2 years to 5 years old.

Isa Town

St Christopher's School
Address: PO Box 32052
Isa Town, Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: 973 17 598 492
Tuition Rates: BD 2,331 to BD 6,567 per year

This is a well-established British-international school, started in 1961. It is the oldest of the British international schools and has three sections: Infant, Junior and Senior. Students are aged 2 to 19 years with a large campus, sports hall, swimming pool and garden and recreational areas. All pupils also study basic Arabic until the age of 11. Both A-levels and the IB are offered in the sixth form. Demand is high for this school and admissions are selective.

Bahrain Bayan School (BBS)
Address: P.O. Box No. 32411
Isa Town, Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: 77122244
Tuition Rates: 1,590 - 3,275 Bahraini dinar per year

The school has pre-school to Grade 12 and offers bilingual, coeducational education in a college preparatory setting. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program and many extracurricular are offered.

The Indian School of Bahrain
Address: P.O. Box: 558
Isa Town, Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: 00973 17684166
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

The school was established in 1950 by the Indian community. It is spread over two campus located at Sitra (LKG to III) and Isa Town (IV to XII). The school provides education for children of Indian origin, in accordance with the syllabus of the Central Board of Secondary Education of India (CBSE), but children of other nationalities may also be admitted at the discretion of the school.

The Sacred Heart School
Address: P.O. Box 388
Isa Town, Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: 973 17684367
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Established in the 1940’s by the Vicar Apostolic of Arabia, this school is entrusted to the care of the Comboni Missionary Sisters. They follow British curriculum for students aged 4 to 16.

Ibn Khuldoon National School
Address: Building 161, Road 4111
Block 841, Isa Town, Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: 973 17 687 073
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This school follows American Curriculum combined with the Bahrain syllabus in Arabic, Islamic studies, and social studies, which is approved by the Ministry of Education.

Pakistan Urdu School
Address: PO Box 32647
Isa Town, Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: (973) 17687921
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Pakistan Urdu School provide education in accordance with the syllabi of the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Islamabad.


Al Hekma International School (AHIS)
Address: Building No.1962, Road 4363
Sanad 743 Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: 17 620 820 or 17 623 999
Tuition Rates: BD 7,245 per year

The school is a co-educational international school offering an American Diploma and curriculum. Classes are available from Preschool through High School. It is fully accredited by the Bahraini Ministry of Education and the MSA.


The Children's Academy Bahrain
Address: Building 969, Road 7915
Al Janabia 579 Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: 973 17613234
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This school caters to children with moderate learning difficulties, who have the cognitive skills to benefit from an academic program. It offers education for children age 3 to 10 and is based on British national curriculum.


British School of Bahrain (BSB)
Address: Building 1080, Road 1425
Block 1014 Hamala, Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: 973 17613330
Tuition Rates: 788 - 2,038 Bahraini dinar per term

This school offers kindergarten through Year 13 education. The curriculum is based on the British National Curriculum, with some adaptations to the local context. All nationalities are welcomed in this well respected school. Admissions are selective and pupils are required to be fluent in English. School uniform is required.


AMA International School
Address: Gate 2241, Road 279, Block 502
Budaiya, Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: 1759 8444
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

AMA International School accepts children from 3 years to 18 years old. It provides an American Curriculum from Nursery through High School. The school is recognized by the Bahrain Ministry of Education and is accepted regionally and internationally.

French schools in Bahrain

Lycée Français de Bahrein
Address: PO BOX 24447
Muharraq, Bahrain
Tel: (00973) 17323770
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This is a French school in Bahrain, offering the official French curriculum and classes from kindergarten to the secondary level. It is registered with the Ministry of Education of Bahrain and it's curriculum is approved by the Ministry of French Education.