With more than 650 private schools teaching about 170,000 pupils, it has among the most developed private education facilities in the region.

Private education is available for pre-school, primary school and high school. Children can be educated under the British General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) system or the Indian Certificate of Basic Secondary Education (CBSE) system. They can also be taught under American and Canadian systems. A number of schools offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) qualification, while a few offer hybrid systems, whereby pupils are taught to US and UK standards, but also have the option of taking the IB. Country-specific schools tend to follow their nation’s national curriculums.

Many schools offer A-levels and equivalent qualifications, however some parents still choose to send their children abroad to complete their last few years of secondary or high school education. Following graduation, most expatriate students leave the country to attend university.

For parents keen on cultural integration, Kuwait’s primary and pre-schools increasingly offer the option of bilingual education, where classes are taught in Arabic and English.

Fees can vary significantly, depending on the chosen school and grade. Annual costs per child can range from KD300 ($1,060) to more than KD4,000 ($14,350), and schools often require a non-refundable fee to begin the registration process.

If you are planning a move to Kuwait with your children, it is advisable to get in touch with schools early on and aim to make your move coincide with either the summer holidays or the beginning of the new school year in September. The top schools often have waiting lists and it can be difficult to secure a place.

Selected schools in Kuwait*

ARABIC/ENGLISH HYBRID

Ajial Bilingual School1
www.ajial.edu.kw

Al-Bayan Bilingual School
www.bbs.edu.kw
Tel: (+965) 2 227 5000

Al-Ghanim Bilingual School
Also offers IB
Tel: (+965) 5 564 4953

Al-Maalee Bilingual School
Also offers IB
Tel: (+965) 5 564 4953

Al-Ruya Bilingual School
www.alruyaschool.net
Tel: (+965) 1 180 4818

American School of Kuwait
www.aaba.edu.kw
Tel: (+965) 2 263 9681

Dasman Model School1
www.dasmanschool.com.kw
Tel: (+965) 2 240 9477

Future Bilingual School2
www.fbskuwait.com

Pioneers Bilingual School1
www.ipe.com.kw
Tel: (+965) 2 461 3894

CERTIFICATE OF BASIC SECONDARY EDUCATION (CBSE)

Al-Amal Indian School3
Tel
: (+965) 5 571 2971       

Al-Rashid Indian School3
Tel
: (+965) 2 472 8124

Indian Central School
www.icskwt.com
Tel: (+965) 4 433 0244

Indian Public School1
www.ipskwt.com
Tel: (+965) 5 563 0342

GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION (GCSE)

British School of Kuwait3
www.bsk.edu.kw
Tel: (+965) 2 562 1701

Cambridge English School4
www.marefa-education.com
Tel: (+965) 3 371 7331

Gulf British Academy1
www.gulfbritishacademy.com
Tel: (+965) 2 225 6777

Gulf English School3
www.ges.edu.kw
Tel: (+965) 2 565 9361

International Academy of Kuwait
www.iak.edu.kw
Tel: (+965) 2 561 9043

Kuwait International English School1
www.kieskuwait.com
Tel: (+965) 2 264 2045

Kuwait National English School1
www.knes.edu.kw
Tel: (+965) 2 265 2459

New English School1
www.neskt.com
Tel: (+965) 2 531 8060

The English Academy3
www.tea.edu.kw
Tel: (+965) 2 534 0427

The English School1
Tel
: (+965) 2 563 7205

AMERICAN DIPLOMA

American Academy for Girls
www.aag.edu.kw
Tel: (+965) 2 563 9612

American Bilingual School
www.abs.edu.kwl
Tel: (+965) 2 479 1791

American International School3
www.aiskuwait.org
Tel: (+965) 2 225 5155

OTHER

Canadian Bilingual School
Ontario curriculum
www.cbskuwait.com
Tel: (+965) 2 474 4023

Carmel School3
Indian curriculum
www.carmelschoolkwt.com
Tel: (+965) 2 472 8119

Gulf Pakistan English School and College3
Pakistan state curriculum
Tel: (+965) 3 392 7713

Pakistan English School & College1
Pakistan state curriculum
Tel: (+965) 4 473 2013

*All schools teach pre-school through to high school grades, unless otherwise noted

1=Pre-school to middle school
2=Primary school to middle school
3=Primary school to high school
4=Middle school to high school

IB=International Baccalaureate