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Best schools in Kampala Uganda

A snapshot overview of schools in Kampala 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 Kampala reviewed by The Good Schools Guide International

Ambrosoli International School 

Adapted National Curriculum for England / IPC; 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 accredited by the International Primary Curriculum (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 IB programmes but the school states that it does not publish graduate statistics due to the small size of the classes but 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 Elementary & Middle School 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 on two different campuses with the first cohort graduating in 2019. Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) and the Association of Christian Schools International.

Aga Khan Schools

Uganda Primary Schools Curriculum/ adapted international curriculum / UCE / UACE / IGCSE / Ugandan Advanced Level / IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,500 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. The high school has two divisions; the national stream delivering the Uganda curriculum resulting in qualifications equivalent to British GCSEs and A-Levels and the international division teaching IGCSEs and the IB Diploma. 88 per cent of a small cohort of candidates passed the IB Diploma  recently.

Galaxy International School Uganda

Cambridge International Education (CIE) curriculum / IGCSE / A-Level; ages 2-19; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned

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 / IPC / IGCSE / A-Level / BTEC; ages 3-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 360 students

Part of the constantly growing 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

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 (around 80 per cent of students from over 50 different nationalities) education featuring a version of the British curriculum in primary leading to IGCSEs and the IB Diploma in secondary. 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

Adapted National Curriculum for England / IPC / 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 secured campus in Makindye, Kampala. Accredited by the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and registered with the Department for Education (DFE) in the UK

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