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
National Curriculum for England/GCSEs/A-Levels/ AP; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,400 pupils
Established in 1982 but moved to a new campus in Giza in 2017. Now offering two separate schools (British and American) from preschool in the British case or pre K in the American up to GCSEs and A-Levels or High School and Advanced Placement (AP). In 2018 AP students scoring three or above was well above the global average. On the British side over 38 per cent achieved A*/A (9-8 new rankings) at GCSE and over 41 per cent A*/A at A-Level.
The American International School in Egypt (AIS Egypt)
East Mubarak Police Academy
New Cairo City
American High School Diploma/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 3,200 pupils
A part of the 40 year old Esol Education organisation (schools across the Middle East). On two campuses, one in New Cairo and a new one in Sheikh Zayed City. The large Main school caters for over 1,800 students (roughly 85 per cent Egyptian) whilst the West campus serves 1,400 students from 25 different nationalities. Accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) and the Council of International Schools (CIS).
5 El Yemeni Street
National Curriculum for England/GCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,060 pupils
Accredited by the Council of British International schools (COBIS) and the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and has Her Britannic Majesty’s Ambassador to Egypt as their patron. Still committed to a British-style education but, definitely, more international now, offering the IB Diploma programme and enrolling pupils from the English-speaking Egyptian community and from over 35 different nationalities.
Click here for the full Good Schools Guide International review of the British International School Cairo.
1 Midan Digla
Tel: (+202) 755-5555
Fax: (+202) 519-6584
American High School Diploma/AP/IB Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 800 pupils
Offering the full American educational experience together with classes on the history and culture of Egypt. The only US State Department sponsored school in Cairo, located in Maadi, a leafy residential suburb. Accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA) and the Council of Independent Schools (CIS). Numbers dropped in the aftermath of the 2011 revolution but their renovation plans were resumed in 2016.
Click here for the full Good Schools Guide International review of Cairo American College.
(Deutsche Evangelische Oberschule)
6 Sheria Dokki
German curriculum/Fachhochschulreife; ages 5-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,400 pupils
Established in the 19th century, a traditional German-Egyptian school sponsored by the German-speaking Protestant Church in Cairo and now teaching in both German and Arabic. Awarded an ‘Excellent School Abroad’ by Bund-Lander Inspection. Located in Dokki, Giza in the sprawling Cairo metropolitan area.
The International School of Choueifat - City of 6 October (ISC- 6 October)
PO Box 31
Postal Code 12582
City of 6 October
Adapted curriculum/SABIS school network; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,600 pupils
One of the international Choueifat schools, founded in 1886 in the Lebanon and now spread across the Persian Gulf. Strong academics and slightly surprisingly, the SABIS Education System, with its proprietary education programme has an emphasis on the education of women producing some notable alumnae. The first organisation to build a modern campus in the new ‘desert’ town for families who want to move away from the extreme hustle and bustle of central Cairo.
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
Adapted curriculum/SABIS school network; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 2,000 pupils
The original Choueifat school in New Maadi, central Cairo opened in 1995, managed by the educational organisation SABIS with their proprietary education programme followed by schools in 20 countries. Modern purpose-built campus with unexpectedly generous sports facilities as well as a 600 seat theatre. Like its younger desert sibling it has strong academics and sends graduates to top global universities.
The Irish School
12 Road 10
National Curriculum for England; ages 6 months-11; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit;
Founded in 1997, now with four schools offering a British education from nursery up to year 6.
Lycee Francais du Caire
7 Rue 12
French National Curriculum/Bac/Brevet; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,600 pupils
Operated by the Agency for French Education Abroad in the popular residential suburb of Maadi. 50 per cent of the students are French nationals, 35 per cent Egyptians and the remainder from a range of countries. All classes taught in French but Arabic and English taught in primary and Spanish or German later on. Attention is paid to sport as well as academics with the school providing a team for the International Youth Games.
4th District next to Wadi Degla Club
Zahraa El Maadi
National Curriculum for England; ages 2-13; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 330 pupils
A British-style nursery and preparatory school expanding into year 9 from August 2019. On purpose-built premises, combining modern and Arabic architecture in relatively calm and leafy suburbia. Run by the board of directors (all elected parents) of the Maadi Egyptian Cultural Society. Judged excellent in all categories by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).
Click here for the full Good Schools Guide International review of Maadi British International School (MBIS).
Malvern College Egypt (MCE)
Adapted National Curriculum for England IGCSE/A-Levels/IB Diploma from August 2019; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; privately owned; 520 pupils
Third of the international Malvern offspring, after Qingdao, China and Hong Kong, opened in 2016. Offering a British education with the option (from autumn 2019) to take the IB Diploma route (increasingly popular in international schools) rather than A-Levels. Growing fast from an original 300 students and the facilities are a successful combination of traditional and modern.
Metropolitan School Cairo (MSC) *NEW
Type: Adapted American Curriculum; ages 3-11; co-ed; day; independent; unknown ownership
A brand-new kid on the block, founded by Egyptian educationalist Dr.Sameh Habib, only opening in 2015. Advocating an early start, MSC incorporates an entrepreneurship programme from KG1 as well as emphasising Egyptian culture. Staggeringly imaginative playgrounds and buildings and already accredited by NCA and SACS.
Modern English School, Cairo
South of Mubarak Police Academy
National Curriculum for England; American High School Diploma/AP/IGCSE/A-Levels/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 2,200 pupils
Located in New Cairo City, offering both an American or British path at secondary level. The British alternative leading to IGCSEs and A-Levels and the American following the middle and high school route but both student cohorts can choose to opt for the IB Diploma at 16. The record of their IB graduates reaching top global universities is impressive.
PO Box 9057
PYP/Adapted National Curriculum for England/(I)GCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 700 pupils
In New Cairo City and operated under the auspices of the wonderfully named ‘Heliopolis Society for the Cultural and Social Care of the English Speaking Foreigner’ (60 per cent expatriates a license condition) and managed through a board of directors ‘elected’ from the parent community. British and Dutch streams in primary with secondary aiming at (I)GCSEs followed by the IB Diploma. CIS accredited.
Click here for the full Good Schools Guide International review of New Cairo British International School.
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) 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.