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Best schools in Doha, Qatar

A snapshot: schools in Doha considered (but not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expats.

Schools with a full GSGI review are noted with  next to their names. 

 (pending) means that the school is on our list to review.

By full GSGI review, we mean school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final reviews 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 and descend on the school for an exhaustive visit. We are aware of the other schools on this page and we continually add or remove schools, as deemed appropriate.


International schools

Doha College (DC)  (pending)

National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ A Level; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 2,050 students

Consistently praised for academics and exam results and accredited by endless bodies including the Council of Independent Schools (CIS) and is an Accredited Member of 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 is branded an Eco School amongst other commendations. Previously, there were mutterings that the facilities did not match the academics but that is being remedied with a brand new, state of the art campus.

Doha English Speaking School (DESS)  (pending)

National Curriculum for England; ages 3-13; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 980 students

One of the oldest English speaking schools in Qatar, opened in 1971, expanding into year 7 in 2021 and year 8 in 2022. Vast majority of pupils are British passport holders and this feels like a traditional British prep school. Sponsored by the British Embassy, 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.

Click here to read our full review of Doha English Speaking School

King’s College Doha  (pending)

Adapted National Curriculum for England; ages 3-13; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 600 students

Opened in 2016 as a sister school to King’s College, Taunton, a day and boarding school in the west of England. At present, offering a conventional prep school education to children from a wide range of nationalities but intending to expand upwards to IGCSEs and A Levels with the opening of the new Mesaimeer campus. Sponsored by Sheikh Mansoor Jassim Al Thani, a member of the Qatari royal family and run by EduReach, an operator of British schools abroad under the auspices of the UK school.

Nord Anglia International School Al Khor  (pending)

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ International Primary Curriculum/ IGCSE/ A Level; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; capacity 1,200 students

Founded in 2012 and teaching in English to mainly Qatari and Indian students, aiming at global English-speaking universities. Also offering the opportunity to take the Duke of Edinburgh international awards.

Qatar Academy Sidra  (pending)

PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 620 students

One of a small number of International Baccalaureate World Schools in Doha, which offers an all the IB Programmes except for the Careers option. Founded in 2012 and fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Park House English School (PH)

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSEs/ A Level; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,460 students

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 as there are pupils from over 70 different countries.

Click here to read our full review of Park House English School

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 International School

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

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. International Baccalaureate Diploma results are improving and reached a respectable 31 points average recently, 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 students

Founded in 1988 by US ambassador Joseph Ghougassian, together with members of the Qatari community and is now located on a recently updated campus. Only school in Qatar to offer AP and the International Baccalaureate Diploma, 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.

Blyth Academy

Alberta curriculum/ Alberta High School Diploma; ages 5-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 350 students

One of the smaller international schools in Doha, owned and run by the Globeducate Group. Teaching the rigorous Alberta (Canada) curriculum, culminating in the Alberta High School Diploma, well considered, when looking at applicants’ qualifications, by international universities.

Compass International School

EYFS/ International Primary Curriculum/ adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 3-19; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,600 students

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 STEM 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 the Council for British Schools Overseas (COBIS) and the British Schools in the Middle East (BSME).

Doha British School

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ A Level/ IB Diploma/ BTEC; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 2,090 students

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 including the International Baccalaureate  Diploma (since 2019), 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

EYFS/ Cambridge 1, 2/ IGCSE/ A Level; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,900 students

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 (NEASC).

Hamilton International School

International Early Years Curriculum/ International Primary Curriculum/ International Middle Years Curriculum; ages 3-14; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; capacity 2,300 students

A second school in Doha for the International Schools Partnership, which opened in 2019. At present only teaching up to 14 but the intention is to grow organically and include offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma. An all bells and whistles, brand new, purpose-built school located in Mesaimeer.

International School of Choueifat Doha

Adapted curriculum/ SABIS; ages 3-18; day; co-ed; independent; private non-profit; 2,550 students

Founded in 1999 and rapidly grown to over 2,500 pupils. One of the international Choueifat schools originally 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 (ISL Qatar)

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

International Baccalaureate World School with classes in English but also four class periods of mother-tongue lessons taught from age four. Recent graduate IB Diploma scores have been  above the global average. 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 students

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 students

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 (teaching the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme) and middle and high schools following the IBMYP and IB Diploma programmes. Vast majority from local families but some students 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/ adapted curriculum/ IGCSE/ A Level; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,900 students

On a campus in the diplomatic quarter of Dafna, teaching students from over 60 different nationalities. One of the first British schools in Qatar and still owned by the Qatari royal family. Some outstanding exam results recently with one student gaining the top mark in the world for A Level English Language. Inspected by Penta for British Schools Overseas (BSO).

Royal Grammar School Guildford in Qatar

Adapted National Curriculum for England; ages 3-13; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 300 students

A newish school, opened in 2016. Located in Umm Salal Mohammed (apparently, IKEA is the main landmark for navigation purposes) and only open since 2016. It provides an English primary education to a cohort that is approximately one third Qatari and one third British with the remainder of the students coming from around 30 other nationalities. Inspected by Penta for British Schools Overseas (BSO).

SEK International School Qatar

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

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. We have not seen for ourselves yet but it is encouraging that it is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)..

Sherborne Qatar

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ I/GCSE/ A Level; ages 5-19; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,090 students

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. Inspected by Penta for British Schools Overseas (BSO).

For more information on the schools above, please go to  each school’s individual entry on The Good Schools Guide International search.

 

 

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