Guide to International Schooling in Bahrain

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Bahrain is blessed with a wide variety of excellent international schools. A full list can be found on the Expat Arrivals website as well as the curriculums each school follows. Attending an international school allows children to gain international qualifications such as the Baccalaureate and makes the transition across countries slightly easier. Places in these schools fill up quickly, therefore it is recommended that organising schooling be a priority before arriving in Bahrain.

The British School of Bahrain

This is one of the most popular international schools for English speaking expat families, situated in the West of the country in Hamala.


Age range: 3-18 years old

The curriculum followed by the British School of Bahrain is the English National Curriculum (NC, GCSE, A’ level and BTEC qualifications) with some adoptions to the local context. The school has over 2350 students from a wide variety of backgrounds. The modern school includes specialist facilities like science labs, music and art rooms, a drama studio and a large cafeteria.

There are excellent sports facilities including an astro-turf football pitch, tennis courts and two indoor pools, one for younger children. Admissions are selective and pupils are required to be fluent in English and to wear a school uniform when attending school.

St. Christopher’s School

With over 2200 pupils from more than seventy nations, this British curriculum private school is located in Isa Town, Bahrain.


Age range: 3-18 years old

St. Christopher’s School is popular again with British and English native expats. The infant school, junior school and senior school all offer a variety of subjects ranging from science to art and drama and it has a large campus, sports hall, swimming pool and garden and recreational areas. There are over 100 different extra-curricular activities on offer such as arts and crafts, cricket, computer graphics and horse riding. All pupils also study basic Arabic until the age of 11. Both A-levels and the IB are offered in the sixth form. Demand is high for this school and admissions are selective.

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The Naseem International School

This dual-language international school is situated in Riffa and has been providing education to young students for 35 years.


Age range: 3-18 years old

Fees: Application form and test for new students BD 20.000, Registration for new students BD 200.00

The campus comprises a spacious three-block building housing 56 air-conditioned classrooms, science laboratories, IT labs, design technology workshop, auditorium, libraries, office area and conference facilities. Naseem International School offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities and educational field trips that provide students with opportunities to explore Bahrain, visit other regions in the world and broaden their global awareness. 

Hawar International School

Hawar International School (HIS) in Riffa was established in 2001 with the aim of providing a bilingual education of excellence from nursery level to high school. There are separate schools for boys and girls and school uniforms must be worn by all students.


Age range: 3-18 years


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HIS follows the state of Virginia’s curriculum for their English subjects and the Arabic subjects follow the curriculum from the Bahrain Ministry of Education. There are a wide variety of subjects studied, including the core subjects which are expected. The lessons are split between English and Arabic and boys have different classes than the girls. Weekly lesson plans are available on their website should you require further details regarding their classes.

As well as the American and Arabic Curriculum, HIS aims to provide special needs education and facilities for students with physical and learning needs to help support them during their education. More information can be found on their website.

Most reputable schools in Bahrain

AMA International School


Curriculum: American

Age range: 3-18

The Bahrain Bayan School


Curriculum: IB

Age range: 3-18

Lyceé Français MLF de Bahreïn


Curriculum: French

Age range: 3-18

Want to find out more information about Bahrain? Why not read Kingpin’s Guide for a Professional Life in Bahrain. 

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