This list gives you a snapshot overview of schools in Cairo that are considered by English-speaking expats... sometimes chosen by parents and sometimes not.
If we haven't reviewed a school, it may just mean we haven't found enough parents yet to give us the reliable reports indicating a full write-up is warranted.
Schools selected for a full GSGI review are indicated below with next to their names.
Al Alsson School
On outskirts of Cairo with British and American streams and Egyptian language programme. 1400 pupils from Kindergarten through age 18.
The American International School in Egypt
East Mubarak Police Academy
New Cairo City
Coeducational, ages 3-18. 1,100 students from kindergarten to Grade 12. On outskirts of Cairo, offers American curriculum as well as the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.1Current enrollment of 1,020 pupils representing over 30 nationalities.
The British International School, Cairo (BISC)
5 El Yemeni Street
Offers the English National Curriculum. 600 pupils, ages 3-18, representing over 50 nationalities. The overall staff to student ratio is 1:8.
Cairo American College
1 Midan Digla
Tel: (+202) 755-5555
Fax: (+202) 519-6584
An independent coeducational day school. Pre-kindergarten through Grade 12. Offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, as well as Advanced Placement classes.
(Deutsche Evangelische Oberschule)
6 Sheria Dokki
Tel: (20) 237481475 / 237481649
Main German language school in central Cairo sponsored by German embassy.
The International School of Choueifat - City of 6 October
PO Box 31
Postal Code 12582
City of 6 October
School to West of Cairo catering to 200 students based on the SABIS Education System.
The International School of Choueifat - Cairo
New Firth Urban Community
PO Box 2760
Sister school to above with 1,250 students
The Irish School
12 Road 10
Ages 2-11. The primary school follows a full academic programme outlined by the English National Curriculum. French and Arabic are optional to all students from Reception.
Lycee Francais du Caire
7 Rue 12
Oversubscribed main French language school and admin centre, running from 3-18 with branches in Heliopolis and Zamalek which only provide education to 10-11 (bus provided)
Maadi British International School
4th District next to Wadi Degla Club
Zahraa El Maadi
Non-denominational, independent, coeducational. Ages 2-11, 290 pupils total. Offers the English National Curriculum.
Modern English School, Cairo
South of Mubarak Police Academy
Coeducational, ages 3-18, American High School Diploma. An international community, made up of 1,650 pupils from 31 nations.
New Cairo British International School
PO Box 9057
Coeducational, ages 3-18; has English National Curriculum and Dutch streams. Situated near the residential area of Katameya.
Special Needs School
Learning Resource Centre
Building No 9
Established 1996; widely considered the leading institution in Egypt catering to children with special needs. Provides educational support services to a number of leading international schools which regularly refer children to it. Part and full-time specialists from a range of disciplines - psychologists, behavioural therapists, speech and language pathologists, occupational and physical therapists and educational specialists – are also available for individual consultations, although there are waiting lists for some.
Support and counselling is provided to children and parents at LRC and through a number of schools and nurseries in Cairo. Although some of the services are pricey, they are generally considered to give good value for money.
LRC operates from a house in a leafy residential suburb of Cairo with a small garden and playground. It also clinically supervises the nearby Advance Centre (www.advance-society.org/Introducution.html) which caters to children between the ages of 2-21 with autism and related disorders (slightly more information available in the Cairo Educational Overview).
N.B. The LRC doesn't have a GSGI ribbon next to it because it is a learning center but not a school in the strictest sense of the word; however, our editor has personal knowledge of it, parents speak highly of it, and it was recommended by all the schools our editor visited.