Best 10 International Schools in Riyadh

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 25 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 35 International Schools in Riyadh.

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

Advanced Learning Schools

The Advanced Learning Schools are private, English language, international day schools that offer a full instructional programme, from Kindergarten to grade 12, for boys and girls who meet the admission requirements. Twenty percent of the curriculum is studied in Arabic: Arabic Language, Arabic Social Studies and Islamic Studies.
ALS strive to create international schools in which attention is paid to the language, culture and history of the host nation. This means that, while local students maintain and develop their place in Saudi society, students from other countries are able to gain first-hand experience of the culture of their host country and all ALS students benefit from being exposed to variety, new experiences and differences of many kinds.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: ﷼ 60,000
to: ﷼ 60,000
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Al-Yasmin International School

Al Yasmin International School was founded on 2nd May 1999 for providing quality education to the expatriate Indian students in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The School is affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE),New Delhi, Code No.5730011 and is licensed by the Ministry of Education, K.S.A. (License No.66/c).
The School offers wholesome education that takes care of the all-round development of every child. While academics is given supreme importance, our top priority is to develop each child into a fine human being and a productive world citizens. Character formation, therefore, is given greater emphasis. Our goal is achieved under the vigilant guidance of competent staff within a well-planned curriculum.
Curriculum
Indian
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: ﷼ 6,720
to: ﷼ 7,920
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Al Alameen International School

Al Alameen stands for excellence in British education in the heart of this Islamic state. It is a registered Cambridge Associate School via British Council. Smart Classes, Montessori, Secondary 1 Checkpoint, and IGCSE are its core specialities.
Curriculum
British, Islamic
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 16
This school does not make their fees public.
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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 - 2019/2020
from: ﷼ 35,000
to: ﷼ 42,500
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Manarat Al Riyadh International School

Manarat Al Riyadh International School, one of Maarif for Education Schools, Educational edifice of a very long history in education, it widens the creativity and innovation horizons using internationally recognized standards, it is at the forefront of the national and international contests in terms of results and participations.
Curriculum
American, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: ﷼ 23,000
to: ﷼ 37,000
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My Little School International

The enjoyment of learning. Empowering children intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically and morally.
Curriculum
American, International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 11
This school does not make their fees public.
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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 - 2020/2021
from: ﷼ 21,000
to: ﷼ 30,000
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British International School Riyadh

BISR follows the National Curriculum for England to the end of Year 9, GCSE courses in Years 10 and 11, and A levels courses in Years 12-13. BISR benchmarks itself against private and leading state schools in Britain. It has long-standing links with British universities. The staff frequently go on training courses in the U.K. and it brings British trainers, speakers and facilitators into school to work directly with staff and students. BISR has a strong and valued relationship with the British embassy and with the RGBB. Its adherence to a modified National Curriculum for England enables students to transfer seamlessly to U.K. schools or universities if or when they return to Britain.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: ﷼ 46,059
to: ﷼ 103,509
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Yara International School

Yara International School was started in the year 2003 with the idea of starting a school with a difference, a school which is truly innovative and genuinely child centered catering to the needs of the Indian community. The school aims to provide quality education at an affordable cost to the younger members of Indian Diaspora with emphasis on the overall development of the children.
The school operates in a state-of the art campus with spacious classrooms, Kindergarten recreational area, Sports grounds, resourceful Library, well equipped Science and Math Labs, High Tech-I.T Labs, Health and Wellness club, Auditorium and above all Smart Class system across all grades.
Curriculum
British, Indian
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: ﷼ 13,000
to: ﷼ 18,000
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King Faisal School

King Faisal School offers the IB Primary Years Programme, IB Middle Years Programme and IB Diploma Programme. KFS goal is to raise intellectual students using national and international educational programs.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: ﷼ 40,000
to: ﷼ 62,500
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