A snapshot overview of schools in Khartoum 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 Khartoum reviewed by The Good Schools Guide International
Adapted American curriculum; American High School Diploma/ AP; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 250 students
Founded in 1957 to educate the children of US diplomats and other expats. Now located three miles south of downtown Khartoum, in a green oasis, away from the dusty city. Governed by a board elected by the Parents’ Association. A recent class consisted of approximately 45 per cent Sudanese nationals, 16 per cent US citizens and the remainder from other nationalities. Dually accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).
PYP/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 400 students
Founded in 2004 by DAL Group (Sudan’s largest conglomerate) on a state-of-the-art ten acre site, including a 500-seater amphitheatre and a 25m swimming pool. The level of school fees and parental incomes allow them to offer a wide range of extra-curricular including a riding programme, an annual ski trip to Europe and a leadership expedition to Thailand. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).
These schools have been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them.
École Francais de Khartoum
The small (40 or so students) École Francais follows the French curriculum but is not considered by most Anglophone expats in Khartoum.
Nile Valley Academy:
Adapted American curriculum/ IGCSE/ American High School Diploma;; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 350 students
Founded in 2012 and not to be confused with Nile Valley School. American curriculum taught in English and Arabic but also offers daily Arabic lessons. Owned by an American company and established to educate local Sudanese children.
Purple Crayon School
Adapted British curriculum; ages 2-11; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 95 students
A nursery and primary founded in 2007 following a British curriculum, delivered in English, French and Arabic to less than 100 pupils. Testimonials read well but we are looking for more information.
Unity High School:
Adapted National Curriculum for England/ Arabic/ Religion (Christian or Islam)/ IGCSE/ A-Level; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 900 students
Founded in 1902 as the Unity High School for Girls, only becoming co-ed in 1985. An incident in 2007, when a teacher was arrested for allegedly insulting Islam, caused the school to close for two months but subsequently the enrolment has grown to its present numbers. Delivering a British-style education in English to mainly Sudanese nationals but also open to expats.