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Best schools in Doha, Qatar

A snapshot overview of schools in Doha that are considered (although not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expat parents.

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Schools in Doha reviewed by The Good Schools Guide International

Doha English Speaking School (DESS)  

National Curriculum for England; ages 3-11; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 650 pupils

One of the oldest English speaking schools in Qatar, opened in 1971 and about to expand into year 7 in 2020. Vast majority of pupils British passport holders and this feels like a traditional British prep school. Sponsored by the British Embassy, and this is THE first choice for primary school among the British expats (and probably most European expats, as well). Inspected by Penta for the British Schools Overseas (BSO). Most DESS students matriculate to Doha College.

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Doha College (DC)  (pending)

National Curriculum for England/IGCSEs/A-Levels; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 2,050 pupils

Consistently praised for academics and exam results and accredited by endless bodies including the Council of Independent Schools (CIS) and the Council of British Overseas Schools (COBIS) for which it is a training school. Also, awarded ‘Excellent in Education’ by the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS) and an Eco School amongst other commendations. Previously, there were mutterings that the facilities did not match the academics but that is about to be remedied with a brand new state of the art campus opening in 2020.

Park House English School (PH)

Adapted National Curriculum for England/IGCSEs/A-Levels; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,450 pupils

Part of the International Schools Partnership (operating schools in eight global countries) since 2015. Newly renovated campus, including a dedicated sixth form centre and ICT and tech improvements. Impressive A-Level results with 25 per cent of students achieving A*-A. Offering the Duke of Edinburgh International Award and Model United Nations and despite the name an international school, there are pupils from over 70 different countries.

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


ACS Doha

PYP/MYP/American High School Diploma/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 900 pupils

The only non-UK based member of the four strong ACS schools group. Opened in 2011 and expanding into a new campus for 2,400 students in 2020. IB results are improving and reached a respectable 31 points average in 2019 compared to the global figure of 30. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

American School of Doha (ASD)

American High School Diploma/AP/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 2,250 pupils

Founded in 1988 by US ambassador Joseph Ghougassian and members of the Qatari community and now on a recently updated campus. Only school in Qatar to offer AP and IB courses, both of which are offered in a wide range of subjects. Accredited since 1994 by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). 60 per cent of students from the US or Canada.

Compass International School

EYFS/IPC/adapted National Curriculum for England/IGCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 3-19; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,600 pupils

Founded in 2006 by Fieldwork Education and now part of the Nord Anglia Education group. On four campuses, the last opened autumn 2019. A performing arts programme in collaboration with Juilliard, New York and a STEAM curriculum devised with input from MIT. At the Rayyan campus pupils can join a bilingual programme with one native French speaker and one native English speaker per class, available from year 1 to year 5. A member of several educational organisations but not officially accredited.

Doha British School (formerly Doha Montessori and British School)

Adapted National Curriculum for England/IGCSEs/A-Levels (September 2019)/IB Diploma/BTECs; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 2,000 pupils

Originally known as Doha Montessori and British School but re-branded as Doha British School (DBS) in 2011. Currently the main campus is in the Ain Khaled area with a second in Al Wakra (secondary school still under construction) and a third commissioned at Rawdat Al Hamama. An exceptionally wide choice of curricula post 16 available from autumn 2019 including IB Diploma, AS and A-Levels and BTECs. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the first international school to have achieved Qatar National Schools Accreditation (QNSA).

English Modern School

Adapted EYFS/Cambridge University International Curriculum/IGCSEs/A-Level; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,900 pupils

Established in 1991 and owned by the Al-Muftah group. On three campuses in Doha, Al Wakra and Alkhor plus a kindergarten in Al Wakra. Classes taught in English but with an emphasis on Arabic and Islamic studies and Qatari history. Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

International School of Choueifat

School adapted curriculum/SABIS network; ages 3-18; day; co-ed; independent; privately owned; 2,550

Founded in 1999 and rapidly grown to over 2,500 pupils. One of the international Choueifat schools founded in 1886 in the Lebanon and now spread across the Middle East. SABIS network graduates have gained entry to competitive global universities.

International School of London Qatar

PYP/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 950 pupils

IB World School with classes in English but four class periods of mother tongue lessons taught from age four. In 2018, the sixth cohort to graduate had IB scores above the global average at 32 points against 29.8. Majority of graduates moved on to universities in the UK, including Russell Group, with the remainder heading to Europe or the USA or staying in the Middle East. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Newton International Schools

Adapted National Curriculum of England; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 10,000 pupils

Founded in 2006 and grown from the original 200 students into a group of eight private schools in different locations in Qatar, teaching ten thousand pupils. Four international and four British schools but all with the same curriculum including Arabic, Islamic studies and Qatari history.

Qatar Academy (QA) 

PYP/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,770 pupils

An over-arching name to cover a group of schools established by the educational initiative of the Qatar Foundation. In several locations across Qatar, starting with three Early Education Centres using the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) programme. Also running primaries (PYP curriculum) and middle and high schools following the MYP and IB Diploma programmes. Vast majority from local families but also from other nationalities. Results not obviously available but the school states that regular entry is gained to leading global universities. Also part of the Foundation is a special needs school; Awsaj Academy.

Qatar International School

EYFS/School developed curriculum/IGCSEs/A-Levels; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,900 pupils

On a campus in the diplomatic quarter of Dafna teaching students from over 60 different nationalities. One of the first British schools in Qatar, with full British School Overseas status and still owned by the Qatari royal family. Some outstanding exam results in 2018 with one student gaining the top mark in the world for A-Level English Language.

SEK International School

PYP/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 300 pupils

Under the umbrella organisation of the SEK Educational Group who started in Spain 125 years ago and now have eight other international schools in Spain, France and Ireland. Opened in West Bay, near the centre of Doha in 2013. Too early for us to review but encouraging that it is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Sherborne Qatar Senior and Preparatory Schools

Adapted National Curriculum for England/(I)GCSEs/A-Levels; ages 5-19; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,090 pupils

A joint venture (50/50 on the board of governors), initiated in 2009 between Sherborne School in England and the Qatari royal family, some of whom were educated at Sherborne. Closely based on the British private school with all classes taught in English except for Modern Foreign Languages. Students from over 60 nationalities with the majority being local families and some 35 per cent British. Following English curricula including offering BTEC Business and with sound A-Level results, roughly 20 per cent achieving A*-A.

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