Best 10 International Schools in Kuwait City

International Education in Kuwait City

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Kuwait may be smaller than its Persian Gulf neighbours, but this little oasis has just as much to offer. Having come through rapid development and plenty of political turmoil in the 1980s and 1990s, Kuwait is now a stable country with an oil-rich economy and a booming expat population. While there is a strong Western influence in the country, it’s still possible and easy to find authentic Arabic experiences and ways of living here.

Around 70% of Kuwait’s total population is made up of expats, so naturally there are plenty of international schools to cater for young families. In fact international schooling is the only option for expats in Kuwait, as public schools are reserved for native Kuwaiti children only.

International schools in Kuwait generally fall into two categories: those catering for European or North American expats, and those catering for expats from other Arabic countries. A selection of schools are also geared towards Indian and Pakistani expats. Arabic lessons are mandatory in all schools. All international schools focus on high performance, especially when it comes to grades and exam results.

Because of the focus on results, international schools in Kuwait go to great lengths to attract a high calibre of teachers. Native English-speaking teachers are common everywhere, and plenty of them end up staying in the same school for several years. However, provision for students with special needs is often lacking. In these cases, finding a school that can cater to your child’s learning needs can be a challenge.

Kuwait’s international schools are usually large in size. Some schools have over 2000 students on campus; a school with 500 students or less is considered small here. In most schools the average class size is 25 students or less.

Despite the wide choice of international schools in Kuwait, waiting lists are still common and application processes are long. As well as application forms, previous school reports, visas and passports, you’ll also need to provide vaccination details to your school of choice and your child will need to undergo a medical check. Some schools also require proficiency in English and maths up to a certain level.

The school week in Kuwait runs from Sunday until Thursday, starting at around 7.00am and finishing at around 2.00pm (or 3.00pm for older students). Due to the intense summer heat in the city, schools get a longer summer break of around 10 weeks and shorter breaks at other times of the year. As for getting around, school bus services are a common feature of the vast majority of international schools.

Below, we have compiled our top 10 international schools in Kuwait City. However, there are another 36 schools to choose from in the city. You can find the best international school for your child by personalising your results. Just fill in your search criteria, and we will calculate a personal score for every international school in Kuwait City based on your requirements.

Best 10 International Schools in Kuwait City

Out of a total of 46 International Schools in Kuwait City.

Based on the aggregated preferences of our users in the last 30 days.

The English School

The English School, which is the only not for profit school in Kuwait, has served the English speaking community here for nearly 70 years. Closely following the Foundation Stage and National Curriculum for England, pupils are taught by well qualified and experienced staff who recognise that all children are unique. Pupils are stretched and enriched by a curriculum that is broad, challenging and varied, and caters for the individual needs of each child.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 13
This school does not make their fees public.
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Kuwait International English School

Kuwait International English School is part of the Al Rayan group of schools and is situated in Hawally. The school aims to provide teaching and learning in a family atmosphere. KIES will offer your child the best in private education with small class sizes and British teachers, recruited from the United Kingdom.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 17
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: Dinar 895
to: Dinar 2,125
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The Universal American School

The Universal American School-Kuwait is a nonprofit, private co-educational, college-preparatory day school serving a multi-national student body of approx. 1800 students from nursery to grade 12.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: Dinar 2,125
to: Dinar 3,954
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Gulf English School

Gulf English School provides the highest standards of British Education within an Arabic culture and international environment.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: Dinar 1,269
to: Dinar 2,920
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American Creativity Academy

The American Creativity Academy is a private school that delivers a standard-based American curriculum within an environment in which Islamic values are respected and practiced. The school is dedicated to preparing student for university success.
Curriculum
IB, American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: Dinar 2,210
to: Dinar 4,516
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The British School of Kuwait

The British School of Kuwait is a private, co-educational day school with its campus in the Salwa suburb.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.
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The American School of Kuwait

The American School of Kuwait was founded in 1964. It is a privately owned, independent coeducational day school which offers a general academic curriculum for students of all nationalities.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: Dinar 2,960
to: Dinar 5,191
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International British School

The International British School is a friendly and nurturing environment where teachers guide pupils to the highest academic standards. At IBS, we ensure every pupil has the chance to shine and cherish their formative years, with our exciting curriculum, range of facilities, large swimming pool, and extra-curricular activities.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 17
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: Dinar 895
to: Dinar 2,125
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Al-Bayan International School

Al-Bayan International School is a private co-educational international non-profit, KG-12, American curriculum school dedicated to serving the individual needs of all children. BIS believes in a student-centered approach that is collaborative and plans cross-curricular.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: Dinar 2,434
to: Dinar 4,770
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Al-Bayan Bilingual School

Al-Bayan Bilingual School was created with a vision to prepare students for the world of today and the challenges of tomorrow. The school offers a bilingual program in which the Arabic and English languages carry equal emphasis and status, the goal of which is to bridge global progress with the traditional values of Arab culture.
Curriculum
International
Languages of instruction
English, Arabic
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: Dinar 2,434
to: Dinar 4,505
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