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Muscat, Oman’s capital city, is a key economic centre in the Arab Gulf region. It attracts expats in droves thanks to its high quality of life and high-paying career opportunities. However for expat families, schooling can present its challenges.

While Oman’s education system is well regarded internationally, teaching is always through Arabic. For families who don’t plan on staying in Oman or another Arabic-speaking country long-term, the international schools in Muscat are a worthy alternative.

With a large and diverse expat community, it should come as no surprise that international schools in Oman are plentiful.

Since international schools in Muscat are very much geared towards the expat population, you’ll find that most of them teach either the British curriculum or the International Baccalaureate. Muscat’s diverse range of expats means that there are still plenty of alternatives, however. Everything from French to Pakistani and Indian to American curricula can be found in this Middle Eastern metropolis.

Although the number of expats in Oman has dropped in the past few years, there are still just under 1 million expats in Muscat alone. So while competition for international school places may have fallen slightly, most schools still have waiting lists. If you’re considering a move to Muscat, start your school search as early as possible and apply well in advance of your move.

English is the language of instruction in the majority of Muscat’s international schools. However, it’s very common for schools to offer Arabic as an alternative language of instruction or as an additional language.

English is considered a very important aspect of education in Oman, and not just because of the high numbers of expat students. Omani students also want to learn English to prepare for travelling abroad, for attending the best universities and to give themselves an advantage for career-hunting.

For this reason Muscat attracts high numbers of native English-speaking teachers from abroad. Their (above average) salaries come tax-free and their employer usually organises accommodation for them too. Many of these teachers work in Muscat’s international schools, so there is no reason whatsoever to be concerned about the quality of teaching staff.

One notable downside to expat life in Muscat, however, is transport. The city is not pedestrian-friendly and public transport is mostly non-existent. You’ll need your own car to get around, and that includes the school commute. Some schools offer a school bus, but it’s by no means a standard feature of international schools here.

Below, we have compiled our top 10 international schools in Muscat. However, there are another 20 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 Muscat based on your requirements.

Best 10 International Schools in Muscat

Out of a total of 30 International Schools in Muscat.

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

Al Shomoukh International School

Al Shomoukh International School is a leading school in Muscat, Oman that follows the British curriculum from KG1 to Grade 12.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.
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Royal Flight School

Royal Flight School is a non-profit coeducational international school in Muscat, offering the English National Curriculum from Pre-school to Year 6.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 11
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: ﷼ 2,800
to: ﷼ 3,620
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OurPlanet International School

OurPlanet International School Muscat is a recognised and accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) World School under the supervision of the Oman Ministry of Education. OISM fosters a multicultural and inquiry-led learning environment in English and Arabic that promotes sustainability and celebrates Oman’s unique cultural identity.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 13
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: ﷼ 2,550
to: ﷼ 5,600
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Alruwad International School

Alruwad International School is an IB world school authorised to deliver the Diploma Programme.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.
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A'soud Global School

A'soud Global School is a new innovative British international curriculum school located in the Seeb area of Muscat which opened in September 2016. AGS welcomes both expatriate and local Omani children.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 17
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: ﷼ 3,500
to: ﷼ 7,500
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ABA Oman International School

ABA Oman International School – an IB World School (formerly The American-British Academy) is known locally and internationally as a well-established International Baccalaureate (IB) school and as a great place for students of all backgrounds to live and learn together.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: ﷼ 4,310
to: ﷼ 8,720
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The American International School of Muscat

The American International School of Muscat is a learning community that is dedicated to providing students exceptional opportunities for developing their intellectual, emotional, social and physical potential. TAISM was founded in 1998 to serve American and international families living in Muscat.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: ﷼ 5,150
to: ﷼ 9,970
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Muscat International School

Muscat International School is a private, co-educational day school, licensed by the Omani Ministry of Education to deliver the English national curriculum alongside Arabic, Islamic Studies and Social Studies from the Omani curriculum, to students of all nationalities in the KG to Grade 12 age range.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: ﷼ 2,000
to: ﷼ 5,150
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Down House Muscat

Downe House Muscat is the one and only, all girls, British school in Muscat.
For over 100 years, Downe House has nurtured girls from young children, through their teenage years and into adulthood. Our spectacular, new school in Muscat harnesses that heritage by offering girls a tailored education that combines the best of British with the tradition of and respect for Arabic culture.
Our all-female faculty preserves traditional values and provides a safe, nurturing environment for young girls between the ages of 6 and 18.
The Downe House DNA embraces and develops children through the core values of – Collaboration, Resilience, Creativity, Aspiration, Compassion, Communication and being Outward Looking.
We give our girls every opportunity to develop these important skills and characteristics through all aspects of life at Downe House Muscat. In the classroom, on the playing field, on stage and everywhere in between, these core values are the hope, aim and challenge for every girl. With the very best facilities of any girls’ school in Oman, our children flourish, grow in confidence and thrive in a happy, caring community.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
6 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: ﷼ 4,500
to: ﷼ 7,500
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Cheltenham Muscat

Cheltenham Muscat is more than just a school; it is a community in which your children can establish their dreams and fulfil their potential. We are Oman’s first, premium, British school, for boys and girls aged 3 to 18, to be founded by one of the UK’s finest schools, Cheltenham College.
Within breath-taking facilities, our world-class, dedicated teachers nurture children through a curriculum that has been refined, over Cheltenham’s 180 years of educational excellence. Blending modern, inspirational in-school teaching with an innovative virtual-learning platform, allows our children to reach their Cheltenham Potential and graduate as well-rounded young men and women, gaining places at top British, American and local universities.
Our holistic curriculum can only be achieved through an extended day packed with teaching, art, music and sport housed in our state-of-the-art campus. Specialist teaching runs across all age groups and in every subject from Grade 4, which is unique in Oman.
At Cheltenham Muscat we offer great, all-round education, exceptional care for the needs of every child, breadth of opportunity and respect for culture and heritage.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: ﷼ 3,500
to: ﷼ 7,500
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