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International Schools in Bahrain

A comprehensive list of international preschools, elementary and high schools

By Middle East Insider
March 9, 2011
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Bahrain SchoolsOne of the most challenging and demanding activities of moving or living abroad with school-aged children is to find an appropriate school. When it comes to relocating to Bahrain, assignees have a variety of private English-speaking and international schools to choose from, following both domestic and foreign curricula.

If you have the budget, and a suitable school is available, it is worthwhile enrolling your children in an international school. You will likely be able to find an international school that provides an identical or a highly similar curriculum and school environment as your home country and to which your children are accustomed to. There will be students in these schools who are from a similar background to your own children, making it much easier for them to make friends and adjust to their new life abroad.

Please consider this overview of the variety of international schools and preschools in Bahrain:

GK Kids Preschool is located in Riffa and Saar. It offers high standards in education at a preschool level, providing a bilingual program following both the British curriculum and an Arabic program

The Budaiya 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 British School of Bahrain is located in Budaiya. This school contains three sections: Infants for children from 3-6 years old, Juniors for children from 7-10 years old and Senior School for children from 11- 18 years old. The school facilities include science labs, music and art rooms and a drama studio. There are also some advanced sports facilities, including a floodlit astro-turf football pitch, tennis courts and two indoor pools. The curriculum follows the National Curriculum of the United Kingdom, with some adaptations to reflect the local historical, cultural and physical features of Bahrain.

St Christopher’s School is a British-international school established in 1961. Today, it provides education for around 2,100 students from more than sixty nations. Located in Isa Town, it offers a British style education for students aged 2 to 19 years. All classrooms are air-conditioned and well equipped. The Senior School campus includes a large sports hall, a swimming pool and garden and recreational areas. The Infant School also has the benefit of a hall/gym, and specialist rooms including provision for four Nursery and three preschool classes.

Nadeen International School was established in 1978. It is a Primary School, consisting of Preschool, Infant and Junior sections, with classes from pre-nursery through to Year 6. Children attend the school from 2-11 years of age. The school follows the British Curriculum, supplemented with different curriculum from Australian and New Zealand schemes. This school is a registered member of the British Schools of the Middle East (BSME) association.

The Bahrain School follows the American curriculum. The school is operated by the Bahrain International School Association (BISA) according to standards set by the United States Department of Defence Education Activity (DoDEA). It enrolls students from kindergarten to 12th grade. This was the first school in the country offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma, back in 1982. The school offers the American High School Diploma as well as the IB Diploma.

The International School of Choueifat- Manama is a member of the SABIS® school network. This school has a bilingual system where English is the medium of instruction but Arabic is strongly stressed throughout the curriculum. International students study French as their second language, and for students whom Arabic is a second language French is introduced once they become competent in the first and the second languages.

The Indian School of Bahrain was established in 1950 by the Indian community in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Today, this school is one of the largest expatriate schools in the Arabian Gulf with over 8,000 students and 450 staff members. 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.

Talent International & the Infant School (TIIS) located in the capital of the Kingdom of Bahrain offers the National British Curriculum to almost 400 students from 2 to 18 years of age, from 15 different nationalities. All teachers are native speakers with British qualifications.

Dilmun School was established in 1976, and provides education following the British Curriculum, for children aged 3  to 11.

The Bahrain Bayan School in Isa Town was established in 1982 by parents as a response to the perceived need for a bilingual, national school offering college preparatory courses through an IB program. The school was accredited KG-5 in 1993 and KG-12 in 1997. It provides education for children from age 3 to 18.

Al-Hekma International School is a co-educational school and offers an American curriculum to international and local students. Non-Arabic speaking students are accommodated for and are presented with the option to take Special Arabic or French. This school offers education for children from Nursery (from 2 years of age) to High School (up to 18 years of age)

Ecole Francaise de Bahrein is a French school in Bahrain, offering the official French curriculum and classes from kindergarten to the secondary level.

The Children’s Academy Bahrain is designed for 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.

Riffa Views International School provides an educational environment for Bahrain citizens and the expatriate community located in Bahrain. It offers an American curriculum leading to an International Baccalaureate diploma or American diploma upon matriculation. Children in the secondary program classes (grades 6-12) are segregated by gender. The school provides a bus service for its students.

Al Noor International School located in Manama is a private school established in 1993. It provides quality education of an international standard to children of various nationalities. At the moment it caters to the educational needs of children of more than thirty-four nationalities, following a tri-curricular program of Bahraini, British and Indian origin. Children and parents may select any one of them according to their needs and capabilities.

The Modern Knowledge School, founded in 1995, is a privately owned American curriculum school located in the Juffair area of Bahrain. In addition to the American Curriculum, the school is authorized to offer 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.

The Sacred Heart School was established in the 1940’s, by the Vicar Apostolic of Arabia. In 1953 it was entrusted to the care of the Comboni Missionary Sisters. Located in Isa Town, it offers a high quality British education at very reasonable pricing, for children age 4 to 16.


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