A snapshot overview of schools in Bahrain that are considered (although not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expat parents.
If there is no ribbon, pending or otherwise, it means we are aware of the school but have elected not to review it at this time. This could be for a number of reasons, but we continually update information and add or remove reviews as deemed appropriate.
Schools selected for full GSGI review are noted with next to their names.
By full GSGI review, we mean the school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final write-ups 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 descend on the school for an exhaustive visit.
Schools in Bahrain reviewed by The Good Schools Guide International
National Curriculum for England/(I) GCSEs/A-Levels/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; independent non-profit day school.
A large, well run and resourced British style school with students drawn from over 70 nationalities, but 42 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.
National Curriculum for England/GCSEs/A-Levels/BTECs; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 2,900 pupils
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 but not accredited by COBIS.
Click here to read our full review of the British School of Bahrain.
SEN; National Curriculum for England/International Primary Curriculum; ages 4-14; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 60 pupils
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.
US curriculum/AP/IB Diploma; ages 5-18; co-ed; day and boarding; US Department of Defense Education Activity School with some boarding facilities; 435 pupils
Founded in 1968, the only DoDEA school in the Persian Gulf, on a large and well secured campus in Juffair, a naval station in the east of Bahrain. Historically, half the student body 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 18mths-6; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 120 pupils
Owner and principal, Sandra Whitford, 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.
International School of Choueifat (ISC Manama)
Adapted curriculum/SABIS school network; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; ownership unknown; 1,700 pupils
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/Bac/Brevet; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 730 pupils
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.
National Curriculum for England/Australia and New Zealand curricula additions; ages 2-11; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 400 pupils
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 from 2019; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; 850 pupils
Bilingual school grown from original nursery, opened in 1982,to offering all-through IB programme, including the full 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;
Opened in 2008 on a fairly spectacular, high-end architect designed campus in the Riffa Views Signatory Estate, a housing complex and golf course. Now offering an American education from early years to pre-university. Students divided between expats (mainly American) and locals and they offer and extensive Arabic programme for native speakers as well as daily Arabic classes for non-native speakers.