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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 the top 10 international schools in Kuwait City according to our users. 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.

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 - 2024/2025
from: Dinar 2,434
to: Dinar 5,273

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 18
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: Dinar 1,230
to: Dinar 2,445
Reviews
(1 review)

Danah Universal School of Kuwait

Danah Universal School of Kuwait offers challenging and caring educational
environment, in which students are active participants in the learning process.
DUSK fosters critical thinking and problem solving skills, to ensure its students
achieve their full potential as individuals and as members of the global community.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 18
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: Dinar 1,643
to: Dinar 2,984

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
3 to 13
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: Dinar 1,841
to: Dinar 3,535

Kuwait English School

Kuwait English School is the learning home of a very special community of students (ages 3 - 18 years), parents, educationalists, administrators and management. They all share the common aim, to ensure that each student in KES care accesses the most valuable, fulfilling and enjoyable learning experiences at each stage of his/her school life.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: Dinar 1,860
to: Dinar 4,970
Reviews
(1 review)

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 - 2023/2024
from: Dinar 2,210
to: Dinar 4,516
Reviews
(3 reviews)

Gulf British Academy

Gulf British School opened in September 2005 as an independent co-educational school and caters for pupils from Pre-KG to Year 6.
GBA is a friendly school where all children are valued as individuals and parents welcomed as partners in their child’s education.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 15
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: Dinar 1,700
to: Dinar 3,150

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 18
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: Dinar 1,260
to: Dinar 2,695

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 - 2022/2023
from: Dinar 1,692
to: Dinar 3,893
Reviews
(1 review)

American Academy for Girls

The American Academy for Girls is a private, single gender school, which provides an American style education crafted to meet Kuwait educational requirements and encourages students in their pursuit of academic excellence.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: Dinar 1,648
to: Dinar 4,200

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