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Best school in Cairo Egypt

A snapshot overview of schools in Cairo 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 Cairo reviewed by The Good Schools Guide International

Cairo American College

American Elementary & Middle School/ American High School Diploma/ AP/ IB Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 850 students

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 and expansion plans were resumed in 2016.

Click here to read our full review of Cairo American College.

Maadi British International School (MBIS)

National Curriculum for England; ages 2-14; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 330 students

A British-style nursery and preparatory school, teaching students from over 60 different countries and expanded into year 9 from August 2019. On purpose-built premises, combining modern and Arabic architecture, in a relatively calm and leafy suburb. Run by the board of directors (all elected parents) of the Maadi Egyptian Cultural Society. A member of the International Association of Preparatory Schools and an Executive Member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and judged excellent in all categories by a recent inspection of the  Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).

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

Modern English School, Cairo (MES)

National Curriculum for England/ American High School Diploma/ AP/ IGCSE/ A-Level/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 2,200 students

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. However 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. Well and truly accredited by MSA, BSO,CIS, PENTA and COGNIA (the body representing three of the US accreditation agencies).

Click here to read our full review of the Modern English School, Cairo.

New Cairo British International School

PYP/ Adapted National Curriculum for England/ Adapted Dutch curriculum/ IGCSE/ GCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 730 students

Established in 1978 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 in the school is a license condition) and managed through a board of directors, elected from the parent community. British and Dutch (four teachers with Dutch teaching qualifications) streams in primary, with secondary aiming at IGCSEs followed by the IB Diploma. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) with the Dutch section inspected by the Dutch Ministry of Education. 

Click here to read our full review of New Cairo British International School.

The British International School, Cairo (BISC)

National Curriculum for England/ GCSE /IB Diploma/ BTEC; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,050 students

Accredited by the Council of British International schools (COBIS) and inspected by 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 also a BTEC in Business to a small group of students. The school enrolls pupils from the English-speaking Egyptian community and from over 35 different nationalities. Nearly 70 per cent of graduates move on to either UK or US universities, including the Russell Group in the UK and Ivies in the US.

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


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


El Alsson School

National Curriculum for England/ GCSE/ A-Levels/ American High School Diploma/ AP; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,100 students

Established in 1982 but moved to a new campus in Giza in 2017. Now offering two separate streams (British and American) from pre-school in the British case or pre-K in the American up to GCSEs and A-Levels or American High School Diploma 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. Accredited by COGNIA, the accreditation body representing three of the six American accrediting agencies. 

German School (Deutsche Evangelische Oberschule)

German curriculum/Fachhochschulreife; ages 5-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,400 students

Established in the 19th century as 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.

Lycée Francaise du Caire

French National Curriculum/Bac/Brevet; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,600 students

Operated by the Agency for French Education Abroad in the popular residential suburb of Maadi and accredited by the French Ministry of Education. 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.

Malvern College Egypt (MCE)

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ A-Levels/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; privately owned; 520 students

Opened in 2016 as the third of the international Malvern offspring, after Qingdao, China and Hong Kong. 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)

Adapted American Curriculum; ages 3-11; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 600 students

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 to their mainly Egytian students. Staggeringly imaginative playgrounds and buildings and already accredited by the Middle Schools Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA) and COGNIA, the accreditation body representing three of the six US accrediation agencies.

The American International School in Egypt (AIS Egypt)

American Elementary & Middle School curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ AP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 2,000 students

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 larger main school has roughly 85 per cent Egyptian students whilst the West campus serves a smaller number from 25 different nationalities. Accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).

The International School of Choueifat - City of 6 October (ISC - 6 October)

SABIS; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,600 students

The second of the international Choueifat schools in Cairo. They were originally 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.

The International School of Choueifat - Cairo (ISC - Cairo)

SABIS; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 2,050 students

The original Choueifat school in New Maadi, central Cairo opened in 1995, managed by the educational organisation SABIS with their proprietary education programme which is followed by schools in 20 countries. Modern purpose-built campus in the fast-developing area of Katameya, 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

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.

Learning Resource Centre

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.

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