International Schools in Seychelles

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

Education in Seychelles

Educational system in Seychelles has been in effect since 1981. It is free and compulsory up to the age of 16, and free through secondary school until the age of 18. Students must pay for uniforms, but not for books or tuition.

Children are first taught to read and write in Creole. Beginning in grade three, English is used as a teaching language in certain subjects. French is introduced in grade six.

Secondary education takes place in regional secondary schools, and comprises grades S1 to S3 (12-16 years old).  Upon completion of this core secondary curriculum many students drift away from education.

Those students who wish to study on perhaps with an eye for tertiary education remain at regional school to complete their grades S4 and S5 (16-18 years old). These enable them to compete for the National Certificate, alternatively for Cambridge 0 Levels.

Students can attend Seychelles Polytechnic for pre-university studies or other training.

International Schools

International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Seychelles. Many schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam. There may be some local population, but the schools are usually geared for 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, French, Spanish, German, or Japanese. Schools also provide internationally accepted accreditation such as the international baccalaureate.

Admission and enrolment 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.
  • European Council of International Schools (ECIS) is a collaborative network promoting the ideals and best practice of international education, complemented by grants and awards.
  • Council of British International Schools (COBIS) is a responsive organisation that serves, supports and represents its member 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.
  • Agency for French Education Abroad (Agence pour l'enseignement français à l'étranger, AEFE) is a national public agency under the administration of the French government that assures the quality of schools teaching the French national curriculum outside France.
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) represents over 1100 independent schools and associations in the United States and abroad.

International schools in Mahe

International School Seychelles
PO Box 315, Mont Fleuri
Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles
Tel: +248 467 9800 or +248 467 9801
Tuition Rates: From 41,640 SR-Seychelles Rupee ($3,070) to 79,545 SR-Seychelles Rupee ($5,850) [school year 2021/22]

The school was founded in 1969, as a co-educational, non-profit making organisation and it is owned by the International School Association, of which every parent of children in the school is automatically a member. Over the years the school has grown and expanded from primary age children to an all-through school from ages 3-19 years. The curriculum is based on the UK National Curriculum and offers accredited learning programmes that are internationally recognised. The International General Certificate of Education (IGCSE) is taught in years 10-11 and Advanced Level (A level) is taught from years 12-13. All of these examinations are administered and accredited by the University of Cambridge, UK.

French Schools in Mahe

École Française des Seychelles
788 BP
Mahe, Seychelles
Tel: +248 432 2210
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Tuition Rates: From 4,900 SR-Seychelles Rupee ($360) to 8,240 SR-Seychelles Rupee ($610) per month [school year 2021/22]

The education completed by pupils in the pre-primary and elementary cycles is assimilated to that completed in France in a public educational establishment.

International schools in Praslin Island

Vijay International School
Vijay International School Baie St Anne, Praslin
Tel: +248 423 6116
Tuition Rates: From 45,000SR-Seychelles Rupee ($3,320) to 69,000 SR-Seychelles Rupee ($5,085) [school year 2021/22]

Vijay International School Praslin is a mixed, independent, not-for-profit school that caters for students between the ages of 3-18.
It was successfully inspected by Cambridge International Examinations in January 2013, allowing it to give students the opportunity to gain British IGCSE qualifications. From 2015, the school was allowed to offer A Level qualifications.