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International Education in Riyadh

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Life as an expat in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s capital city, can come as a culture shock to some. While the overall quality of life is great, some aspects are very different to other parts of the world. Gender segregation will be part and parcel of your day, and you will mostly live in the bubble of your ‘compound’ with other expats.

Saudi Arabian schools teach exclusively through Arabic and do not admit non-citizens. Therefore, an international school may be the only realistic option for educating your child in Riyadh. Before you begin your search, here are some important points to take note of...

The majority of international schools in Riyadh teach students through English and follow the American school system and curriculum. You will find a large selection of schools offering the International Baccalaureate and the British curriculum too, and a smaller number offering Indian, Islamic, Australian and even French curricula.

Riyadh’s international schools vary in size, with some schools enrolling a few hundred students and some enrolling a few thousand. In all cases however, actual class sizes are quite small - it’s rare to find a school with more than 25 students per class. This means a more hands-on learning environment for your child, and more opportunities for them to engage with students and teachers in a meaningful way.

The working week in Saudia Arabia is from Sunday - Thursday, with Friday and Saturday as weekend days. Schools follow this schedule too. In general international schools in Saudi Arabia follow the national school calendar, which is two terms per year with a short winter break and a longer summer break. Many schools are now adopting the more common three-term school calendar however, while still observing Saudi Arabian national holidays.

Religion, or Islam to be specific, is a big part of life in Saudi Arabia. During the holy month of Ramadan, those who practice Islam fast from sunrise to sunset. There are many other restrictions to normal daily life too, including the school day. Some schools may alter the start and end time of lessons to take account of Ramadan.

International schools are not segregated like their public counterparts, and with the large diplomatic community in Riyadh, there is often a very diverse student population. In fact some schools are actually governed by embassies. There is a downside to this; they tend to give preferential admissions to children of the embassy’s nationality, which can make it difficult for others to win a place.

As for fees, the breakdown is similar to international schools worldwide. In addition to tuition and registration, you will be expected to cover the costs of school uniforms, extra curricular activities and any other optional extras. Don’t forget to get your application in as soon as possible, because waiting lists are long and international schools are in high demand!

Below, we have compiled our top 10 international schools in Riyadh. However, there are another 35 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 Riyadh based on your requirements.

Best 10 International Schools in Riyadh

Out of a total of 45 International Schools in Riyadh.

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

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SEK International School Riyadh

SEK-Riyadh is a co-educational, multilingual international school serving the local and expatriate community at its advanced learning campus located in the modern Al Rabieh district of Riyadh.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 13
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: ﷼ 46,000
to: ﷼ 71,300

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Al Faris International School

Al Faris International School aims to foster an understanding, intercultural and highly effective learning environment that inspires students to become compassionate, knowledgeable, ethical and socially successful global citizens in a world of differences.
Curriculum
IB, American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: ﷼ 37,000
to: ﷼ 45,000

Makers Learning School International

The enjoyment of learning. Empowering children intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically and morally.
Curriculum
American, International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 14
This school does not make their fees public.

Al Forsan International School

Al-Forsan International School is unique in the international Education and
creative in qualifying the future generations to meet their era demands and being
committed to their culture and identity.
Al-Forsan International School inspires, challenges and empowers students to realize their unique potential: academically, intellectually, socially, ethically, and
internationally.
Curriculum
American, International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: ﷼ 23,000
to: ﷼ 32,000
Reviews
(3 reviews)

Qimam El-Hayat International School

Qimam El-Hayat International School adopts a world curriculum that consolidates students' performance through highly qualified teachers. Along with aspiring leaders, QHIS has set a vision that motivates and ignites students' talents. The school leaders spare no effort to provide directions and allocate resources to implement curricular and extra curricular programs that take students to untrodden paths of highly learning expectations.
Curriculum
International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: ﷼ 9,500
to: ﷼ 14,500
Reviews
(2 reviews)

Dome International Schools

Dome International Schools offers American & British Curricula. The American curriculum is embedded in the international Foundation Program (FP) for grades K-7, Orientation Program for grade 8 & the American Diploma Program (ADP) SAT for grades 9-12. The British Curriculum is embedded in the Reception in KG 2, Cambridge Primary for grades KG3 to 5 & Secondary Program for grades 6-10 and Advanced Level for grades 11 & 12. The medium of instruction is English.
Curriculum
American, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: ﷼ 25,125
to: ﷼ 40,125

Downe House Riyadh

The Downe House DNA – Compassion, Collaboration, Resilience, Creativity, Aspiration, Communication and being Outward Looking.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: ﷼ 51,750
to: ﷼ 92,000

King's College Riyadh

As the first British Independent school to establish in Saudi Arabia, King's College offers an enriched British Education within a Middle Eastern context. The school has a focus beyond robust academics to include sports and the arts and offers an extended school day. Pupils enjoy a full commitment to a full British curriculum as well as the Arabic language and culture. King's pupils are expected to embrace a wide range of experiences and discover their passions. They are well-mannered, internationally-minded, confident and respectful.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 9
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: ﷼ 47,380
to: ﷼ 65,148

One World International School, Riyadh

OWIS is an American international/IB PYP candidate school ensuring a well-rounded education, with an emphasis on multiculturalism, that prepares students to be lifelong learners.
Curriculum
American, IB PYP Candidate
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 10
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: ﷼ 36,000
to: ﷼ 54,700

Aldenham Prep Riyadh

Aldenham Prep Riyadh offers exceptional British Education for boys and girls from age 3 to 11 mirroring exactly what happens in our Aldenham UK School, which is famous for its focus on an excellent all round education.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 11
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: ﷼ 46,000
to: ﷼ 63,250

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