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Best schools in Bahrain

A snapshot: schools in Bahrain that are considered (but not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expats.

Schools selected for full GSGI review are noted with next to their names. 

 (pending) means that the school is on our list to review.

By full GSGI review, we mean school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final reviews take the good with the bad, warts and all, but we look for a preponderance of good before we drill down for in-depth details and descend on the school for an exhaustive visit. We are aware of the other schools on this page and we continually add or remove schools, as deemed appropriate.

International schools

British School of Bahrain (The) 

National Curriculum for England/ GCSE/ A Level / BTEC; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 3,010 students

Much expanded school, moved to a single purpose-built campus in Hamala in north-western Bahrain in 2009. The campus divided into three sections, infant, junior and senior but some sports and other facilities shared. UK qualified (or with equivalent qualifications) teachers but pupils from over 60 nationalities all taught in English. Member of, but not accredited by, COBIS.

Click here to read our full review of the British School of Bahrain.

St Christopher’s School

National Curriculum for England/ I/GCSE / A Level/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 2,330 students

A large, well run and resourced British-style school with students drawn from over 70 nationalities, however just under 40 per cent are British, as are the majority of teachers. The school is spread over two campuses (senior in Isa Town and junior in Saar) about 20 minutes apart. The impressive junior campus was purpose built only a few years ago. A popular school with consequent demand for places, particularly in the younger years.

Click here to read our full review of St. Christopher's School.

Children's Academy (The)  

SEN/ International Primary Curriculum/ National Curriculum for England/ GCSE/ BTEC; ages 4-16; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 60 students

Established in 2008, on an enclosed site in Janabiya, to fill the gap caused by limited SEN departments in local schools. Catering for a wide range of needs, including Down’s Syndrome, Autism and ADHD. All lessons in English, taught by mainly expat staff, with western qualifications in special needs teaching.

Click here to read our full review of the Children's Academy of Bahrain.

These schools have been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them.

American School of Bahrain

American curriculum; ages 3-14; co-ed; day; privately owned; capacity for 1,200 students

Brand-new school, at present ending at grade 8 but intending to offer a full American education with the option of the International Baccalaureate Diploma as an alternative to the American High School Diploma. Owned by Esol Education and opened on a no expense spared site in Wadi Al Buhair.

Bahrain School

American curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ AP/ IB Diploma; ages 5-18; co-ed; day and boarding; 430 students

Founded in 1968 as the only DoDEA (US Department of Defense) school in the Persian Gulf, located on a large and well secured campus in Juffair, a naval station in the east of Bahrain. Historically, half the student body consists of American children of the military with the remainder Bahraini or from a range of nationalities. Also, the only local school offering an all-through American education.

British Preparatory School

National Curriculum for England; ages 18 months-6; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 160 students

Owner and principal, Sandra Whitford, was the former head of St Christopher’s infant school for over 20 years. Opened in 2008 in Saar, a residential area in the west of Bahrain, there is a library, all-purpose hall and outdoor play areas. Popular with expat families as it provides a small, intimate nursery and infant school with British qualified teachers.

Canadian School Bahrain (CSB)

British Columbia; ages 3-11; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit

Opened in 2019 and, currently, the only school in Bahrain to teach the highly respected British Columbia, Canada curriculum as well as Arabic and Islamic studies. The school sits on a brand-new campus, designed to house a pre-school, junior and senior school with a capacity for 2,500 students but only initially offering nursery to grade 5.

International School of Choueifat (ISC Manama)

Adapted curriculum/ SABIS; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,700 students

Part of the SABIS network, now educating over 70,000 students in 20 countries on five continents. Purpose-built on Amwaj Island and opened in 2006 (originally only up to Grade 8) but now including a high school. Parents tend to worry about the transferability to other schools outside the SABIS network but the school asserts that their students gain entry to top-class universities around the world.

Lycee Francais MLF de Bahrein

French National Curriculum/ Brevet/ French Bac; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 730 students

Established in 1976, a purpose-built school with recent additions and tech upgrades, on Muharraq island in the east of Bahrain, close to the airport. Teachers are either recruited locally or from France. Obviously popular with French speaking expats, although a range of other nationalities attend, as well as local Bahrainis who want their children schooled in French.

Nadeen School

National Curriculum for England/ Australia and New Zealand curricula additions; ages 2-11; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 400 students

Primary school in the central district of Adliya, housed in converted villas surrounded by gardens and covered play areas but no on-site sports facilities. Pupils from over 50 countries with the staff mainly recruited from English speaking countries. A strong EAL department, making it a popular choice with native, non-English speaking families.

Naseem International School (NIS)

PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma/ IB Careers Programme; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; 860 students

Bilingual school grown from the original nursery, opened in 1982, now the only school in Bahrain offering all four elements of the International Baccalaureate programme, including the careers option. New campus in Riffa, opposite the Bahrain National Stadium. Selective school accredited by the Council of Independent Schools (CIS) and the Middle Schools Association (MSA). Religious affiliation is Muslim but classes taught in English and Arabic.

Riffa Views International School

American curriculum/ IB Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 400 students

Opened in 2008 on a fairly spectacular, high-end, architect designed campus on the Riffa Views Signatory Estate, a luxury housing complex and golf course. Now offering an American education from early years to graduation. Students divided between expats (mainly American) and locals and they offer an extensive Arabic programme for native speakers as well as daily Arabic classes for non-native speakers.

For more information on the schools above, please go to  each school’s individual entry on The Good Schools Guide International search.

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