International Schools in Iran

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

Education in Iran

Education is a priority in Iran with a higher than average literacy rate for the region of about 77%. The education is highly centralized and monitroed by the Ministry of Education. Persian (Farsi) is the national language of Iran and language of instruction. Islamic doctrine is the law of the state in Iran Islamic Republic, it is also apply to foreigners.

The system covers students from kindergarten through grade 12. Primary school (Dabestân) starts at the age of 6 and continues for 5 years. Middle school (Râhnamâyi) is from the sixth to the eighth grade where English as a foreign language is introduced. High school (Dabirestân) is the last three years and is not mandatory. To enter higher education a student must have a High School diploma and pass the national university entrance examination, the Iranian University Entrance Exam (Konkur).

International Schools

International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Iran. 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 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

  • The 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.
  • European Council of International Schools (ECIS) is a collaborative network promoting the ideals and best practice of international education.


Mahdavi International School (SMIS)
Address: Kouh-Daman, Mina, Zanbagh, Ejazi
Zafaranie St., Tehran, Iran
Tel: 0098-21-22435550, Ext.190, 145
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This English language international school offers an authorized IB PYP program. It caters to students from ages 4 to 13.

Tehran International School (TIS)
Address: 36 Farahza-di Blvd, (the junction of Pu-nak-e Ba-khtari- and Farahza-di- Blvd.)
Shahrak-e Qods/Gharb, Tehran, Iran
Tel: (9821) 88088445-7
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

The Tehran International School (TIS) was founded in 1985 as a combined Iranian and American school. It is authorized to offer the IB Diploma Programme since December 1994, the programme is taught in English. The school is open to male and female students.

The British School
Address: Shahid Keshani St.; Dr. Shariati Ave.
Tehran 19396 Iran
Tel: 98 21 226 166 945
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This school was started as a joint initiative by the British and Dutch Embassies in 2000. A non-profit school, it serves children from the ages of 3 to 12. It is a member of the ECIS and CoIS.

Pakistan International School & College
Address: 275, Vahid Dastgardi St. (Zafar), Africa Ave., Tehran
Tel :   +98 (21) 88872538 & +98 (21) 88671717
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

PISC,Tehran was founded in 1964 to provide a high quality education to expatriate businesses, embassies and children of foreign families. PISC is a English-medium day school for male & female students from kindergarten to class 12 and only Cambridge O & A levels School in whole Iran.

French School in Tehran

Ecole Francaise de Teheran
Address: 1553, Ave Shariati
1939613663 Téhéran - Iran
Tel: (+98 21) 22 64 17 05 - (+ 98 21) 22 60 49 12 - (+98 21) 22 61 54 56-8
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

French language school that caters to Ecole maternelle to Grande section (GS). Additional languages of English and Persian, German, Spanish, and Latin are offered. Curriculum is approved by the L'Agence pour l'enseignement du français à l'étranger (AEFE).

Japanese School in Tehran

Tehran Japanese School
Address: 117, Naft 12th Street,
Zafar Avenue, Teheran, Iran
Tel: 98-21-8878-2120
E-mail: Tuition Rates: 600 euros per month

This Japanese language school is open to children with at least one Japanese citizen as a gardian.