Education in Kuwait

28 October 2012

The Gulf states typically offer a good standard of private education for the children of expatriates, and Kuwait is no exception

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*


Ajial Bilingual School1

Al-Bayan Bilingual School
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
Tel: (+965) 1 180 4818

American School of Kuwait
Tel: (+965) 2 263 9681

Dasman Model School1
Tel: (+965) 2 240 9477

Future Bilingual School2

Pioneers Bilingual School1
Tel: (+965) 2 461 3894


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

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

Indian Central School
Tel: (+965) 4 433 0244

Indian Public School1
Tel: (+965) 5 563 0342


British School of Kuwait3
Tel: (+965) 2 562 1701

Cambridge English School4
Tel: (+965) 3 371 7331

Gulf British Academy1
Tel: (+965) 2 225 6777

Gulf English School3
Tel: (+965) 2 565 9361

International Academy of Kuwait
Tel: (+965) 2 561 9043

Kuwait International English School1
Tel: (+965) 2 264 2045

Kuwait National English School1
Tel: (+965) 2 265 2459

New English School1
Tel: (+965) 2 531 8060

The English Academy3
Tel: (+965) 2 534 0427

The English School1
: (+965) 2 563 7205


American Academy for Girls
Tel: (+965) 2 563 9612

American Bilingual School
Tel: (+965) 2 479 1791

American International School3
Tel: (+965) 2 225 5155


Canadian Bilingual School
Ontario curriculum
Tel: (+965) 2 474 4023

Carmel School3
Indian curriculum
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

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