A snapshot overview of schools in Kuwait 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. "Pending" means that we are planning to review that school.
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 Kuwait reviewed by The Good Schools Guide International
American International School (The) (AIS)
PYP/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,850 pupils
Only school in Kuwait to offer the full IB programme and accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS). Roughly 50 per cent of Kuwaiti students, the remainder being from other Arab countries or non-Arab. Graduates mainlymove on to leading US universities or stay in Kuwait.
Click here to read our full review of the American School of Kuwait
British School of Kuwait
National Curriculum for England/(I)GCSEs/A-Levels; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 3,000 pupils
Grown out of a kindergarten, known as the Sunshine School, into a huge all-through educational establishment offering a British education to students from over 70 different countries. Exam results at IGCSE and A-Level well above UK averages with graduates achieving places in 2018 at leading UK universities, including Oxford and Edinburgh.
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English School (The) (Kuwait) (TES)
EYFS/adapted National Curriculum for England/Common Entrance; ages 2-13; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 600 pupils
Longest established private school in Kuwait, founded in 1953. Re-opened in 1991 (with one short closure), the school has expanded to its present size and includes a pre-kindergarten and several modern additions. One of 12 Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) in the Middle East. As obliged, they also teach Arabic and Kuwait Social Studies.
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Kuwait English School (KES)
Adapted National Curriculum for England/IGCSEs/A-Levels; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 2,400 pupils
Established in 1978 by the current chairman Mohamed Jassim Al Saddah and the school director Rhoda Elizabeth Muhmood. Divided into four departments, Infants, Juniors, Seniors and the Green Unit (Special Needs). The senior school has around 850 pupils with a further 150 in the sixth form. Graduates pass into top Ivies, Oxbridge and Russell Group universities as well as other leading global alternatives.
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New English School, Kuwait (NES)
National Curriculum for England/IGCSEs/A-Levels; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 2,000 pupils
Founded in 1969 by the late Tareq Rajab and currently run by the director Dr. Ziad Rajab. Housed in a purpose-built, air-conditioned campus in Jabriya. As in all schools in Kuwait students (including foreigners) must study Arabic and Islamic Studies. Former alumni have graduated from leading American and British universities. The relaxed atmosphere, full and weekly boarding options, and success in team and individual sports have resulted in Peponi’s increase in popularity.
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The schools below have been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them.
American Academy for Girls
American High School Diploma/AP; ages 4-18; girls; day; international; privately owned; 660 pupils
Opened in 1998 providing an American girls only education tailored to meet Kuwaiti educational requirements, part of the Al-Jeel Al-Jadeed Educational Institute founded in 1964. Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS).
American Creativity Academy (ACA)
American High School Diploma/IB Diploma; ages 5-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 3,500 pupils
Founded in 1997 and dually accredited by the Council of Independent Schools (CIS) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MCACS). Choice of taking IB Diploma or earning IB certificates for each class taken. Huge school with majority of students Arab nationals born in Kuwait. Graduates are accepted at leading universities in the USA (including Ivies) as well as at major universities worldwide.
American School of Kuwait
American High School Diploma/AP; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 2,000 pupils
Started by a group of American parents in 1963 and at a new campus in Hawalli since 1995. ASK is the designated US school in Kuwait enrolling students from the US Embassy, military and oil companies and averaging about 25 per cent US citizens in the school. Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS) and sending graduates to a staggering number of US universities as well as other global destinations.
English Academy (The) (TEA)
Adapted National Curriculum for England/(I)GCSEs/A-Levels; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,000 pupils
Founded in 1993 in the premises of an Arabic private school in Jabriya. The website is not long on information but the first edition of the TEA Magazine gives a cheerful impression of the goings on at the school.
English School for Girls (The)
Adapted National Curriculum for England/IGCSEs; ages 3-17; girls; day; independent; privately owned; 1,200 pupils
The only British international school in Kuwait for girls both from Kuwait and other expat countries. Based in Salwa. Numbers split 50/50 between primary and secondary. Not (as yet) teaching the A-Level syllabus so that students have to transfer after IGCSEs.
English School Fahaheel (The)
Adapted National Curriculum for England/IGCSEs/A-Levels; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 2,000 pupils
Founded by expats in 1965 and moved to a new building in Mangaf, South Kuwait in 2005. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).
Gulf English School
Adapted National Curriculum for England/(I)GCSEs/A-Levels; ages 3-19; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 2,200 pupils
Established as an international school nearly 40 years ago and now sited in the suburb of Salmiya. A selective school for students of over 70 nationalities with classes taught in English apart from Arabic and Islamic studies.
Kuwait National English School (KNES)
Adapted National Curriculum for England/IGCSEs/IAS/IAL; ages 3-18 ; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit;
Opened originally in the residential area of Surra. Now in totally renovated premises in central Hawally with an Olympic style indoor swimming pool and an international size basketball pitch. Dually accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Also offering an SEN department.
Universal American School
American High School Diploma/AP; ages ; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,800 pupils
Dually accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) since 1994. New $14 million dollar campus taking up a whole city block with no less than three swimming pools, four computer labs and a 400 seater auditorium. Majority of students Kuwaiti citizens and school offers a full American programme with Arabic for Arabs.