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Best schools in Kampala Uganda

A snapshot: schools in Kampala 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

Ambrosoli International School

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ International Primary Curriculum; ages 3-11; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 270 students

Founded in 1989, by a group of Italian parents who named it Scuola Italiana Padre Giuseppe Ambrosoli, after the charismatic priest of the same name. Located in the rural suburb of Bugolobi and is in the middle of carrying out a development plan. Accredited by the Council of Independent Schools (CIS) and in June 2019 became the first school in Uganda to be authorised to teach the IPC.

Click here to read our full review of Ambrosoli International School

International School of Uganda (ISU) 

PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma/ ISU High School Diploma; ages 3-19; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 540 students

Established in 1967 and located on a 33 acre campus on the outskirts of Kampala. Catering to students from over 60 different nationalities. Only school in Uganda to offer the three main International Baccalaureate programmes but the school states that it does not publish graduate statistics due to the small size of the classes. It does say that  ‘almost all, without exception, enter competitive four year colleges.’ Dually accredited by the Council of International School (CIS) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).

Click here to read our full review of the International School of Uganda

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

Acacia International School (formerly Acacia Classical Academy)

Adapted American curriculum/ IGCSE/ A Level; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 150 students

An international school in Muyenga, Kampala with a strong Christian ethos. The school has expanded upwards and is now divided into junior and senior divisions on separate campuses. The first cohort graduated in 2019. Accredited by the Middle Schools Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) and the Association of Christian Schools (ACSI).

Aga Khan High School (International Stream)

Adapted curriculum/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 550 students

Initially established in the early 30’s in over 20 villages and towns, the Aga Khan schools run by AKES consist of two nurseries, one primary and elementary and one secondary in Kampala. This is the international division of the senior school, which teaches IGCSEs and the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Galaxy International School Uganda

Cambridge 1, 2/ IGCSE/ A Level; ages 2-19; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 400 students

Located in Lubowa, 10 kms outside Kampala, on a modern, purpose-built campus. A Cambridge International School, following the Cambridge curricula from nursery to A Levels. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).

GEMS Cambridge International School

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ International Primary Curriculum/ IGCSE/ A Level/ BTEC; ages 3-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 360 pupils

Part of the constantly expanding GEMS Education group of schools, currently with 300 schools in 20 countries catering for 300,000 global students. Approximately, 70 per cent local students and the remainder international. Based on a quiet rural campus in Luzira. An all-through school founded in 2013. Graduates go on to universities in North America, the UK and Europe as well as in Africa.

Heritage International School

Adapted curriculum/ AP; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 380 students

Opened in 1994, in Kansanga on Kawafa Road. A school with a very strong Christian ethos, stating that ‘…every course is taught from a Biblical perspective’ and offering discounted fees for missionary families. Accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and also by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).

Kampala International School Uganda (KISU) (formerly Kabira International School)

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 2-19; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 600 students

Founded in 1993, and on its present purpose-built site in central Kampala since 2008. An international (over 80 per cent from over 50 different nationalities) education featuring a version of the English curriculum in primary leading to a secondary school teaching IGCSEs and the option of the International Baccalaureate Diploma on offer. Owned by Ruparelia Group, a multi-faceted conglomerate, who have recently taken over Victoria University in Kampala. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Rainbow International School

EYFS/ adapted National Curriculum for England/ International Primary Curriculum/ IGCSE/ A Level/ BTEC; ages 2-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 800 students

Opened in 1991, as a primary school with just 29 pupils, and grown into an all-through international school offering IGCSEs, A Levels and BTEC courses, all taught in English. On a secure campus in Makindye, Kampala. An Accredited Member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and registered with the Department for Education (DFE) in the UK.

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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