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Best schools in Kuwait

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 dually accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA). 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.Owned by the Nord Anglia Education group since 2017. 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.

Click here to read our full review of the British School of Kuwait

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.

Click here to read our full review of  The English School.

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.

Click here to read our full review of  Kuwait English School

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.

Click here to read our full review of the New English School


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 Elementary curriculum/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.

American Creativity Academy (ACA)

American Elementary curriculum/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 (MSA). 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 Elementary curriculum/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 (MSA) and sending graduates to a staggering number of US universities as well as other global destinations.

American United School

School adapted American curriculum/American High School Diploma/AP; ages 3-18; co-ed day; independent; privately owned; 770 pupils

A newish school that has recently celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2018. Opening with a junior deparetment, it has now expanded into a middle and high school. Has already achieved accreditation from the Council of International School (CIS) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA). Judging by its AP scores, girls tend to be higher achievers here.

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. 

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 Bilingual School

PYP/MYP/School adapted curriculum; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,900 pupils

Established in 1998 in Al Jahra City. Moved in 2016 to a new campus in Saad Al Abdullah City and accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA). IB programmes until Middle School but appear to follow that with an adapted high school curriculum with an emphasis on Islamic and Arabic studies. 

Kuwait National English School (KNES)

Adapted National Curriculum for England/IGCSEs/IAS/IAL(Pearson); ages 3-18 ; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,250 pupils

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 Elementary curriculum/American High School Diploma/AP; ages 5-18 ; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,800 pupils

Established in 1976 and accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) since 1994. New $14 million 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.

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