A snapshot overview of schools in Amman 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 Jordan reviewed by The Good Schools Guide International
Hill House Kindergarten (pending)
Bilingual English/Arabic; ages 1-5; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 100 students
Founded in 2002 for children in year groups FS1 to KG2. Staff to pupil ratio is 1 to 4. Open Sunday to Thursday from 8.30 am to 1 pm (12.30 on Thursdays). In Foundation classes, the ratio of English instruction to Arabic is 60/40 and in KG1 and KG2 50/50.
King's Academy (pending)
American curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ AP; ages 12-18; co-ed; day and boarding; privately owned; 600 students
Established in 2007 as a US style day and boarding school with great facilities, which maybe has lead to the school charging the highest fees in Amman. On a huge state-of-the-art campus with the primary instruction language being English. However, all students are required to study Arabic. A new (2019) American head and accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
The International Academy Amman (pending)
EYFS/ School adapted curriculum/ MYP/ IBD; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,600 students
Founded in 2004 and offering the two IB programmes since 2007. The school is part of the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and she is chair of the board of trustees. Dually accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
The International Community School of Jordan (pending)
School adapted curriculum/ IGCSE/ A-Level; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 700 students
Founded in 1953 as a primary school for the British Military in Amman and now catering for over 50 nationalities. Accredited by British Overseas Schools (BSO), the Council of International Schools (CIS). and the Council of British International Schools (COBIS). One of the oldest international schools in the Middle East and regularly sends graduates to leading global universities.
These schools have been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them.
American Community School
American Elementary & Middle School Curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ AP; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 800 students
International school, originally set up for embassy families but now with students from 40 different nationalities. Located in West Amman on a nine acre campus. Accredited by the Middle States Association (MSA).
Amman Baccalaureate School
PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma/ IB Careers Programme; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,160 students
Elite school, favoured by the royal family with an alumni list glittering with princes and princesses. Established in 1981, by the charitable Hashemite Society for Education. Offering the full IB Continuum programme including the relatively rare Careers Programme. New principal and management in 2019. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).
Cambridge High School, Amman
School adapted curriculum/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,100 students
Founded in 2000, mainly for families returning from abroad and bilingual families. Students from over 30 countries are taught in English except for religious studies (Arabic and Christian) which are offered in Arabic and English. Recently, just under 50 per cent of candidates scored highly in the IB Diploma as opposed to the global average.
Eco Kids Preschool and Kindergarten
Reggio Emilia; ages 2-6; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned
Established in 2010, based on the philosophies of Rudolf Steiner and Reggio Emilia. Great parental feedback and they are building up the school age groups.
International School of Choueifat
School adapted curriculum/ SABIS school network; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,500 students
Established in 1997. One of the international Choueifat schools which were founded in the Lebanon in 1886 and are now spread across the Persian Gulf. Strong academics, slightly surprisingly, SABIS, with its proprietary education programme has an emphasis on the education of women, and this has produced some notable alumnae. Graduates regulary proceed to leading global universities and it is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).
Mashrek International School
PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,450 students
Founded in 1992 as a mainly bilingual school with instruction in English and Arabic and much used by returning nationals or families with dual nationality. New lower school buildings opened in 2019. There have been occasional reports of bullying in the past. Newly accredited (2018) by the Council of International Schools (CIS).
Modern American School
School adapted curriculum/ SAT/ AP/ A-Level; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 950 students
The majority of pupils hold dual passports and come from over 38 different nationalities. Good facilities in prime location on the airport highway in west Amman. Accredited by COGNIA, previously AdvancEd.