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Manama, the capital city of Bahrain, has long been a favourite of expats in the Persian Gulf. Salaries are high and the quality of life is excellent. There is a thriving expat community, but locals are also extremely welcoming too. While some other cities in the region are populated by the ‘rich elite’, Manama is home to a diverse range of people from all walks of life.

One of the things expat families enjoy the most about Manama is the city’s ‘best in class’ international schools. The city has a long-standing reputation for international schools - the first one opened its doors all the way back in 1982 - and excellent standards of education in general.

Most international schools in Manama teach either the International Baccalaureate, British or American curriculum through English. However Arabic or Indian schools are also quite popular, and you can even find schools teaching far-flung curricula like French or Australian.

While there is a wide choice of international schools in Manama, be warned that competition for school places is intense. Expats make up over 50% of Manama’s population. The majority of those expats prefer to send their children to international schools due to the language barrier (public schools teach through Arabic), because they want their children to have a ‘global’ education, or because they want to connect with other expat children and families. Early application is strongly advised.

Manama is good at many things, but public transport is not one of them. While the city is relatively small and you can easily get anywhere in 30 minutes, you’ll need a car to do so. International schools don’t usually offer bus services. Public trains, buses and even sidewalks are virtually non-existent. Thankfully the road infrastructure is very good and driving around the city is as safe as any other developed country.

The school calendar in Manama’s international schools follows that of most Western countries. The school year begins in September and runs through to early Summer. Depending on the Arabic population in your chosen international school, there may be special procedures in place during Ramadan.

Most of Manama’s international schools offer additional language classes, of which Arabic is usually offered. Native English-speaking teachers are everywhere, and extra-curricular activities are generally offered as standard. Most schools campuses were purpose-built and have excellent facilities including sports grounds, recreational areas and bright, spacious classrooms.

International schools in Manama are very much geared towards the expat community. Most of the student populations are made up of expat children, but there is a growing contingent of Bahraini students in many schools too. Generally speaking, you can expect 50% or more of the student body to be expat children, and the rest to be locals.

Below, we have compiled our top 10 international schools in Manama. However, there are another 23 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 Manama based on your requirements.

Best 10 International Schools in Manama

Out of a total of 33 International Schools in Manama.

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

Capital School Bahrain

The Capital School Bahrain is based on a classic British Primary School set up and operates as such. Offering a class/form structure within key stages of development, a British National Curriculum including Early Years Foundation Stage whilst adhering to the requirements of the Bahrain Ministry of Education guidance on the teaching of Arabic and Islamic classes.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 11
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: Dinar 2,400
to: Dinar 2,800
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Creativity Private School

Creativity Private School a non profit American School was established in 2006 to serve the needs of the families who need an American education within an Islamic environment. All resources, tuition and endowments go directly towards the benefit and education of its students. The school's mission is clear; it mouldsits students to become intellectually adaptable, thoughtful and ethical contributors to society.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 18
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: Dinar 962
to: Dinar 2,695
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Lycée Francais MLF Bahrein

Students are immersed early in the intercultural dialogue imposed at our school, due to the large fan of nationalities present (over 38).
Beyond academic success and academic student development, the goal is to develop the exercice of free judgement, respect for others, understanding of historical heritage and openness to the world in its diversity.
Curriculum
French
Languages of instruction
English, Arabic, French
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: Dinar 2,223
to: Dinar 4,221
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Nadeen School

We have an holistic approach to education and this approach is infused throughout everything we do. A recent school inspection by the British Government rated us Outstanding in all areas and said Nadeen School was "an oasis of educational excellence."
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 11
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: Dinar 2,616
to: Dinar 3,408
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Riffa Views International School

A Unique Learning Experience
Riffa Views International School (RVIS) is unique in size and purpose. With a capacity of just over 600 students, RVIS offers a unique learning experience in an environment that sparks innovative thinking and creativity. The small class sizes and a community-oriented culture, allow students to develop a strong sense of belonging by building close relationships with teachers and peers. With a focus on personalized learning and innovation in an environment that nurtures personals growth, RVIS is dedicated to creating a connected community of kindness that inspires us to be courageous and creative.
Curriculum
IB, American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: Dinar 3,600
to: Dinar 9,200
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St Christopher's School

St Christopher’s is a highly successful school, firmly established in the British tradition, yet with an international outlook.
Curriculum
IB, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: Dinar 3,138
to: Dinar 7,662
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(2 reviews)
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Shaikha Hessa Girls' School

We are a small homely school. It is best summed up by our Mission Statement: "Our mission is to promote leadership, critical thinking and life-long learning in a secure, healthy, all female environment by providing quality international programmes in education in order to achieve students' potential as individuals as well as global citizens with emphasis on Arabic and islamic values in an effective home-school partnership".
Curriculum
IB, British
Languages of instruction
English, Arabic
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: Dinar 1,955
to: Dinar 3,968
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British School of Bahrain

Prospective parents, Bahraini and expatriate, tour the school, and after visiting a few of the classrooms, immediately feel that BSB is where they want their children to be. Busy, active, smiling faces abound, as teachers encourage each student to be the best they can possibly be, and embrace their individual strengths. Over fifty per cent Bahraini, the student body comprises more than 70 nationalities, and everyone works and plays together so well that no-one notices national boundaries.
The school is spurred on by its ‘outstanding’ status in the last National Authority for Qualifications and Quality Assurance of Education and Training (QQA) inspection, and a child-centred ethos, therefore making teachers our most important asset.
Through the visionary ownership of the Inspired Education Group, a leading global premium schools group operating on five continents and educating over 31,000 students, and a supportive Board of Trustees, the aim is to continuously develop BSB. This is done through embracing technological advances, the latest educational research, diverse and effective teaching and learning strategies, empowerment of students through structured learning, active student voices, and the best possible British international curriculum delivered by appropriately qualified and experienced professionals. Education at BSB is not just about memorising facts and getting high scores in tests, it is about developing well-rounded future global citizens of tomorrow.
Student development is encouraged and nurtured, while carefully monitoring individual progress and setting achievable and challenging learning goals.
From their earliest years, children learn to assess their own progress, helped by teachers and peers, so that each student has a say in setting and prioritising their learning targets, truly taking ownership of their education to prepare them to be independent citizens of the adult world.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: Dinar 2,859
to: Dinar 7,398
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Multinational School Bahrain

Multinational School Bahrain is a co-educational, non-selective school located in Adliya. It is fully accredited by CIE & Edexcel for high school and it follows the Cambridge British curriculum, in the primary school.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: Dinar 2,460
to: Dinar 5,100
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Beacon Private School

Beacon Private School is a top international school in Bahrain offering world class teaching and learning with modern facilities and resources.
Curriculum
International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 16
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: Dinar 3,400
to: Dinar 6,500
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