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.
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PO Box 32052
Tel: + 973 1759 8600 (infant and junior); +973 1778 8101 (senior)
Fax: +973 1759 8604 (infant and junior); +973 1778 8120 (senior)
National Curriculum for England, GCSEs, IGCSEs, A levels, IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; independent non-profit day school.
A large, well run and resourced British style school offering the National Curriculum for England and the IB Diploma alongside A levels. Students are 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. Music is a particular strength and sport, art and drama are well catered for. Strong academics coupled with good facilities make this a popular school with consequent demand for places, particularly in the younger year groups.
The British School of Bahrain
PO Box 30733
Tel: +973 1761 0920 (senior and junior); 1761 3330 (infants)
Fax: +973 1761 0371 (senior and junior); 1761 3230 (infants)
National Curriculum for England, GCSEs, A levels; ages 3-18; co-ed; independent privately owned day school.
The BSB follows the National Curriculum for England and despite its name is open to all nationalities; 65 countries are currently represented. Following rapid expansion in recent years, the school moved to a purpose built single campus in Hamala in the north west of Bahrain in 2009. Although the campus is divided into infant, junior and senior sections, some of the sports and other facilities are shared and interaction between older and younger pupils is encouraged as part of the ‘one school’ ethos. BSB has a reputation for being friendly and inclusive with an active parent body and is a good choice for those seeking a British style education in an international and nurturing environment.
PO Box 26367
Tel: +973 1772 8886
Fax: +973 1772 8886
National Curriculum for England supplemented by schemes from Australian and New Zealand curricula; ages 2-11; co-ed; independent privately owned day school.
A small, friendly and caring primary school situated in the central district of Adliya and housed in several converted villas surrounded by gardens and covered play areas. The school does not have any on-site sports so uses the facilities at the adjacent British Club. There is a special education unit for those with English as a second language, making it a popular choice with non-native English speaking families. The nursery and infant sections have a good reputation but limited on site facilities mean parents of older children sometimes prefer to move them on to one of the larger schools for their final years of primary schooling.
PO Box 934
Tel: +973 1772 7828
Fax: +973 1772 8583
US curriculum and IB Diploma; ages 5-18; co-ed; US Department of Defense Education Activity School with some boarding facilities.
This elementary and high school was originally established to support the families at the US naval station in Juffair, in the east of Bahrain. The campus is spacious and well secured campus and the school offers the American Diploma and Advanced Placement courses as well as the IB Diploma. While the largest student group is from the US (around 40 per cent of students) and military, the remaining 60 per cent are from a range of other countries. The school lost a large number of pupils in the mid 2000’s following a decision to send all military dependents home. The decision was reversed in 2009 and school numbers have increased since then. Boarding facilities are offered from Grades 8 to 12 and are primarily used by students whose parents work for Aramco in Saudi Arabia. It also has ESL and gifted student programmes. The school is well supported by an active parent body and is currently the only choice in Bahrain for those seeking a US curriculum school through to Grade 12.
Riffa Views International School
PO Box 3050
Tel: +973 1656 5000
Fax: +973 1791 0392
US curriculum; ages 4-14; co-ed; independent non-profit day school.
RVIS opened in 2008 as an alternative US curriculum school to the Bahrain School. RVIS’s bright, light and well equipped premises were purpose built and are situated in the Riffa Views Signatory Estate, a housing complex and golf course near Riffa. The school currently only provides schooling from kindergarten to Grade 8, but an additional grade will be added each year as the student population progresses through the school. As well as the US curriculum, the school intends to offer the IB Diploma is applying to be an IB World School. Classes are mixed at elementary level and then separated by gender from Grade 6 onwards. As well as Americans and other expats, the school also has a large local contingent and offers an extensive Arabic programme for native speakers as well as daily Arabic classes for non-native speakers.
British Preparatory School
Tel: +973 1779 2010
Fax: +973 1779 3010
National Curriculum for England; ages 18 months-7 years; 120 pupils; co-ed; independent privately owned day school.
The British Preparatory School opened in 2008 and is owned and run by the former head of St Christopher’s Infant School. It has 120 pupils and is situated in two converted villas in Saar, a popular residential area in the west of Bahrain. Teachers and assistants are British qualified. The school has a mix of nationalities and is experienced in teaching ESL programmes. As well as outdoor play areas, there is a library, an all purpose hall and a music specialist. It is popular with expat families who prefer their children to attend a smaller, more intimate nursery and infant school.
International School of Choueifat
PO Box 50559
Tel: +973 1603 3333
Fax: +973 1603 3330
SABIS School Network adapted or school developed curriculum; ages 3-11; 1200+ students; co-ed.
Purpose built on Amwaj Island, a popular beachside housing development on reclaimed land in the north east of Bahrain, the school has over 1200 students from a range of nationalities. It uses the SABIS® Educational System, a comprehensive kindergarten to Grade 12 curriculum adapted where necessary to suit local needs. According to the school, the curriculum is a mix of the best of the UK and US education systems with a focus on English, maths, sciences and world languages. The school has a bilingual English/Arabic programme or English/French for international students. Western expats seem wary of the school either because they are unfamiliar with the SABIS® system or because they are worried about transferability to other schools outside the SABIS® network.
Lycee Francais MLF de Bahrein
Tel: +973 1732 3770
Fax: +973 1733 6492
French National Curriculum; ages 2-18; co-ed; independent private non-profit day school.
A purpose built school on Muharraq island in the east of Bahrain close to the airport. Teachers are either recruited locally or from France. At present, teaching in the lycee section is by distance learning (CNED); all other years are taught on site and are endorsed by the French Ministry of Education. The school has bright, airy classrooms, an all purpose hall and a canteen. It is 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.