School Guide 2018: 11 of Cairo’s Top Schools to Consider

School Guide 2018: 11 of Cairo’s Top Schools to Consider

It’s never too early to explore the options for your child’s education. After all, the first important steps in the learning set the course for future achievements. Cairo Central Magazine has rounded up an overview of leading schools to give your young ones the best start in life.

Overview: The British School of Egypt (BSE) is an exclusive co-educational school implementing the National Curriculum of England, providing quality education for almost a decade. At the BSE we recognize that your child is a unique individual with different capabilities and needs. We foster an exciting and stimulating learning environment that challenges thinking, understanding and creativity for each and every pupil.

Our team of inspirational educators is committed to developing a passion and thirst for knowledge in each child.  ‘Crossing the Boundaries of excellence’ is the vision we instill in every BSEian. We are proud of each and every one of our alumni who have grown into successful eloquent adults impacting the world at large.

Dates for open days and submitting applications: We are currently accepting applications from Pre FS to Year 12. Our upcoming open mornings will take place on Monday 12th February and Tuesday 13th March from 9 am to 11:30 am. Parents are welcome to attend in order to apply for the upcoming academic year 2018/19, and to have an official tour of the school.

What an assessment test includes: For Early Years and Foundation Stage, prospective pupils are observed by Assessment Specialists.

For Year 1 to Year 12,  pupils undergo an English and Maths proficiency test (UK School Entry Based Assessment).

Languages: Language of instruction is English.

Other Languages taught at the school are French and Arabic.

Accreditation and examinations: The BSE is a member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS). The school graduating qualifications are IGCSE’s and A Levels. The BSE is officially registered and accredited by Cambridge and Edexcel Examination Boards.

Facilities and extracurricular activities: The BSE campus, located in the heart of Sheikh Zayed, provides an extensive Gifted and Talented Program comprising of sports and arts and supported by our state-of-the art campus, consisting of the following: indoor Olympic pool, state-of-the-art theatre, football fields, gym, basketball, tennis and volley ball courts, information technology/science labs, etc. Both winter and summer camps take place during the holiday breaks, the camps are conducted by Wellspring.

Overview: CISE is accredited by the Ontario Ministry of Education, Canada, as well as the Ministry of Education in Egypt. CISE is the only School in Egypt offering a French Immersion program. We follow the Ontario curriculum in both English and French, and all students are required to take Arabic.

Our school mission: “Working in partnership with parents and students to provide a world-class teaching and learning environment to develop students as inquiring, knowledgeable, creative and caring citizens of a global society.”

Dates for open days and submitting applications: Applications are received during school hours.

What an assessment includes: Literacy and numeracy are at the forefront of everyday learning. Our assessment process examines these skills as well as the student’s ability to be a critical thinker.

School Sections: Kindergarten, Elementary, Intermediate School and Secondary school.

Languages: In the English Program the core subjects are taught in English. Students also study French and Arabic. In the French Immersion Program, the core subjects are taught in French. Students also study English and Arabic.

Accreditation: CISE is a registered school with the Ontario Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Education in Egypt. The school is inspected annually to ensure we are meeting Ontario Ministry requirements.

Facilities and extracurricular activities: CISE offers a generous sized campus with ample outside areas for students to play and grow.

We have a swimming pool, large soccer fields and a multipurpose room for physical activity.
Art, music and physical education are part of our program as well as DELF instruction.

Overview: El Alsson offers a British section from Foundation Stage 1 (3 year olds) to GCSE with a Sixth Form for AS and A-Level (18 year olds) and an American section Pre S to G12 with an option of taking AP courses. The school prides itself on being one of the best International schools in Cairo and after 36 years, enjoys a reputation for successful quality education and dedicated customer care.

Dates for open days and submitting applications:


Monday, February 12th

Monday, February 26th


Monday, March 12th

Monday, March 26th

What an assessment test includes: Children applying for The British FS1 and FS2, or the American Pre-School and Pre-K will undergo an assessment that measures their developmental age against their chronological age. Tasks involve a series of familiar activities through which trained staff are able to assess the child’s physical, cognitive, verbal and social skills. Since we relocated to our new campus at NEWGIZA, we are ready to accept students at almost all levels in the school. Students wishing to transfer to any higher year group or grade level will be assessed in English and Maths.

School sections: El Alsson offers British and American education. For the academic year 2017-2018, we are accepting applications for both the American International Early Childhood Department (Pre-school and Pre-K), and the British International Early Years (FS1 and FS2) along with other year groups and grade levels. Parents can now choose whether they want their children to pursue British or American education from the very start.

Languages: English, Arabic and French.

Accreditation and examinations: El Alsson School is accredited by BSO (British Schools Overseas), BSME (British Schools in the Middle East), Accredited by NCA CASI , SACS-CASI, NWAC Accreditation Divisions of AdvancED. It is also an Authorized College Board Advanced Placement exam provider.

Facilities and staff trained for dealing with special-needs children: We have Learning Support Departments in both schools, which cater to children who need general academic support.

Facilities and extracurricular activities: Having moved to its newly established campus at NEWGIZA in 2017, the school now occupies a 14-fedan site with British Primary and Secondary joined buildings as well as American Elementary and Senior joined buildings. It also has a standalone Performing Arts Hall featuring a radio room, music practice rooms, drama studios and a state of the art theatre along with a standalone Sports Hall featuring two heated indoor pools, basketball courts, a fitness gym and dance studio.

Extracurricular activities:  Primary Elementary Monday Fun Club, Tuesday Fun Club, sports training and fixtures throughout the year, as well as Senior School after school extracurricular activities. We also offer Peripatetic music classes to teach students how to play certain musical instruments and the Teaching English to Village Children initiative where El Alsson has broken new ground by setting up free English lessons for the children and community surrounding the old campus school.

Overview: We aim to create a partnership for learning between teachers, students and parents. Our belief is in creating an environment of mutual trust and respect with an atmosphere of peace and positivity. We believe that student body voice should be heard and is an integral part of the learning journey. We want students who can work independently and collaboratively, trusting themselves but also respecting the views of others. Our core values are to:

Inspire students to be creative and adaptable.

Develop students who are principled.

Help students make a positive contribution to a global society.

Create an environment of mutual trust, respect and cooperation.

Encourage perseverance.

Motivate students to reach their full potential.

Dates for open days and submitting applications: Upcoming open day dates for prospective parents who wish to take a tour of the school and apply for the academic year 2017/2018 are: March 4th, May 13th and June 24th. We are currently accepting applications for KG 1 to Grade 8.

What an assessment test includes: In order for the school to ensure that students are being sufficiently challenged and to find out any areas of weakness that may not have surfaced, we use the Cognitive Abilities Tests (CAT4) from GL Assessments in the UK upon entry to the school, in Grade 2 and again in Grade 5.

In Grade 6, the school follows the expected new Egyptian government protocol stipulating that all students in Grade 6 must complete the Primary Checkpoint. Please note, this exam may be subject to change if the protocol is not ratified.

In Grade 9, students take the IGCSE Core exams, and in Grade 10 students take their eight IGCSE Extended exams in their six compulsory subjects and their two electives. In Grade 12 students take the IB Diploma exams in their six chosen subject areas.

School sections: EIS early years include KG1 and KG2. Primary from Grade 1 to Grade 5, middle from Grade 6 to Grade 8 and high school from Grade 9 to Grade 12. 

Languages: The language of instruction at EIS is English. French and Arabic are also taught at the school.

Accreditation and examinations: The school has already acquired the operational license from the Egyptian Ministry of Education and has begun the lengthy process of seeking partnership with the following accreditation and authorization partners:

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)
The British Council in Egypt
Cambridge International Examinations (CIE/IGCSE)
The Council of International Schools (CIS)
Thinking Schools International (TSI)
The Association of Montessori International (AMI)

Facilities and extracurricular activities: The school has developed an extensive co-curricular programme within the school day. Three times a week students are given the opportunity to choose clubs that they would like to attend. Choices include: arts and crafts, music, sports, board games, debating, drama, languages, and more.  Students can choose three different clubs each week and will have the opportunity to change their clubs several times a year. More details about the clubs will be announced at the start of the school year.

Overview: Heritage International School is a Canadian school, which opened in 2006. The school implements the Manitoba curriculum and provides a Manitoba High School Diploma, which allows it broad latitude in the design and implementation of its Manitoba curriculum at all levels of the school, Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. However, being on Egyptian soil, Heritage also maintains the high ideals of Egyptian education and social values. No SAT1/SAT2 is required from Canadian graduates in Egypt. Students who are graduating from Heritage, and have not written the SAT1 and SAT2 exams can now apply to private universities in Egypt. The Canadian High School Diploma is highly recognized worldwide as one of the top respected diplomas.

Dates for open days and submitting applications: Orientation days are every Monday and Wednesday at 10:00 am. Applications are currently accepted.

What an assessment test includes: Assessments are based on grade groups, and include English and Mathematics tests. An interview with the school’s principal/director is a must to complete the application process.

School sections: Heritage only offers a Canadian education.

Languages: English, French, and Arabic.

Accreditation and examinations: Manitoba Provincial Exams in Grade 12. Heritage is accredited from Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth Department in Canada. The school is also accredited from the Egyptian Ministry of Education in Egypt.

Facilities and extracurricular activities: Heritage International School is continuously undergoing development. The main building comprises the Kindergarten to grade 12 classes. Indoor facilities include: multipurpose room, large two-story library, indoor gym, indoor cafeteria, science, physics, biology, chemistry, and industrial labs, two computer labs, language labs, indoor theatre (under construction).

Outdoor facilities include: Large multipurpose court, football fields, landscaped open court areas

Extracurricular activities include: Heritage Hunters soccer teams, basketball team, Heritage Band, internal and external field trips, and various types of after-school activities.

Overview: Lycée Albert Camus NEWGIZA (LAC) is a world-class French international school that follows the internationally renowned French program of education (under the auspices of the French Ministry of Education). LAC applies this reputable program whilst concurrently adhering to the guidelines set out by the Egyptian Ministry of Education for international schools operating in Egypt.
LAC hosts students from all nationalities starting from Pre-K up until and including Grade 12 (petite section à la terminale). Moreover, the school program also focuses on preparing the students for the French Baccalaureate, which is an international degree recognized by all universities worldwide.  LAC is managed by a highly qualified and experienced French leadership and academic team.

Dates for open days and submitting applications:

March 7th 2018
May  9th 2018

What an assessment test includes: Assessments include an interview with the parents, a written and oral assessment for Grade level students. Maternelle students are assessed through careful observation, their ability to listen and carry out instructions, concentration span, as well as their social and communication skills.

School sections: Main Stream: Maternelle, Primaire, Collège et Lycée

Students coming from Non-French school systems: Passerelle from Grade 2 up to Grade 7

Languages: Students graduate knowing: French, Arabic, English and Spanish.

Accreditation and examinations: With the support of the French Embassy, we prepare our students for the official French Ministry examinations; le brevet des colleges in Grade 9 and the French baccalauréat (scientific section and business section) in Grade 12. The school abides to all the Egyptian Ministry of Education regulations and adopts the Arabic, religious studies and social studies national curriculums in addition to a special program for Arabic for non-Arabic Speakers.

Staff trained for dealing with special-needs children: The school aims at continuously hiring highly experienced teachers from the French Ministry of Education so as to provide all the support required for all the students.

Facilities and extracurricular activities:  The school building is a state-of-the-art modern purpose-built facility following both local and international standards for educational buildings.

The school offers its students international trips (France, Spain, Greece) as well as national ones. In addition to a wide range of extracurricular activities, these activities include: arts and crafts, music, sports, board games, drama, etc. that change every semester.

Overview: MCE’s unique relationship with a top British Independent school (a member of the Malvern College family of schools) allows us to offer the highest quality education from British teachers.

Dates for open days and submitting applications: MCE holds monthly, guided group tours and private tours upon request. Check the website

What an assessment test includes: Pre-Nursery to Year 4: MCE assessment – 1 hour.

Year 5 to Year 10: Online (CAT) and written assessment – 1.5 hours.

School sections: Primary School (including Early Years) and Secondary School to University entrance qualifications.

Languages: English with all students participating in Arabic and French classes too.

Accreditation and examinations: Fully accredited by Cambridge, Edexcel and Malvern College UK. Candidate school for the IBDP and seeking full accreditation through COBIS.

Facilities and staff trained for dealing with special-needs children:

Small Learning Support Department caters for students who need further academic support and EAL support is given to students for whom English is not their first language.

Facilities and extracurricular activities: 25 m pool, dance studio, 450-seat theatre, astro-pitch, basketball courts, art and design workshops and more, cater for the wide curriculum and extensive after-school activities programme.


Overview: With today’s changing advances, children need SKILLS. Suad Kafafi International Language Learning School, SKILLS came to birth through a visionary and prominent scholar, the late Prof. Dr. Suad Kafafi, founder of Misr University for Science & Technology.

Dates for open days and submitting applications: Admission is now open, to know more about our upcoming open days please check our website.

What an assessment test includes: Our assessments cover the basic requirements a student should know before enrolling in any of our programs. We focus on assessing the basic motor skills of the student alongside educational attainment. Different assessment tools are used depending on the level and year grade of the student applying. We have a strong belief that an assessment is designed to outline the different levels of attainment a student could demonstrate, not to hinder their educational progress.

School sections: Our school is divided into different sections. SKILLS consists of four schools: the British School, the American School, National English School, and the Deutsche Abteilung. Each school has an independent facility fully equipped with amenities, student activities, and curriculum.

SKILLS school is an affiliate of Misr University for Science & Technology and MUST Opera House

Languages: The main languages of focus at our school vary depending on the school the students apply for such as: Arabic, English, German and French.

Accreditation and examinations:

Ministry of Education (MOE)
Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE)
Partner Schools Global Network Affiliated with the British Council
North Central Association and School Improvement (NCA CASI) – AdvancED

Staff qualifications: The school staff body consists of highly certified and qualified educators. Several members of our teaching staff hold Master’s Degrees from prestigious colleges and universities locally and internationally, alongside attending several training courses in different fields of education.

School facilities: We take pride in our facilities and their modern structures. At SKILLS we host state-of-the-art science labs alongside several computer labs equipped with the latest hardware and software. In addition, we have a photography studio, woodworking workshop, and ballet room. The school has very well resourced libraries, as well as a volley ball/basketball court, football pitch and a very well equipped gym.

Extracurricular activities: SKILLS offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities like ballet classes, cooking classes, and performing arts classes. As for after-school activities, every Tuesday we offer Zumba sessions, movie making classes, marionette-making classes, recycling projects and a lot more.

Overview: TBS provides the finest British education to students of different nationalities between the ages of 3.5 to 18 years. We offer the British curriculum leading to IGCSE and A level examinations. TBS is an accredited member of the council of British International Schools (COBIS) and an approved centre for London Edexcel and University of Cambridge International Examinations.

Located in Al-Rehab city and ranked amongst the top international schools in Egypt, TBS has seized every chance to assist and support its students applying for universities here and abroad.

Facilities and extracurricular activities: Our broad range of extra-curricular activities ensure that our students can go beyond academic knowledge and develop into confident people ready to lead fulfilled lives in whatever sphere they choose.

Overview: MBIS is a dynamic, learning-focused school – offering families a unique experience in Cairo. Our teachers are all British, child-centered, caring professionals. A truly international school, we have children from 57 nationalities with a fantastic, warm, family atmosphere.

Dates for open days and submitting applications:  Applications are accepted throughout the year, with individual tours.

What an assessment test includes: Our entrance assessments are age-appropriate, personalized and positive experiences for children, designed to ensure we understand each child’s needs.

School sections: In the model of a British preparatory school, MBIS offers the English National Curriculum to Lower School (Pre-Nursery to Year 2), Middle School (Year 3 to Year 5) and Upper School (Year 6 to Year 8).

Languages: MBIS offers children French, Spanish and Arabic. Additional English is also provided to children who need support.

Accreditations and examinations: The school enjoys the patronage of the British Embassy and is accredited by the Council of British International Schools (COBIS), the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS) and the Association of British Schools Overseas (AoBSO).

Facilities: Our spacious campus offers light, airy classrooms, supported by modern technology. We also have: an indoor heated pool; astroturf and excellent play facilities; specialist rooms for art, design, cookery, science, drama and music; two computing suites; and a large auditorium.

Staff trained for dealing with special needs children: Our values-driven ethos ensures all children are helped to reach their full potential. We have a trained British teacher leading SEND provision, supported by a skilled Learning Support Team.

Extracurricular activities: MBIS offers a wide range of exciting, extended learning opportunities, including pottery, jewelry making, roller-skating, Brownies & Guides, kick-boxing, judo, dance, swimming, computing and much more.

Overview: Green Land – Pré Vert International Schools (GPIS Egypt), a member of Green Land Educational Foundation (GEF Egypt), was founded in 1994 in Giza. Today GPIS operates as a bilingual (French and English) educational system in four campuses located in Giza and Sheikh Zayed.

Since 2005, GPIS has been  the only IB world school in Egypt authorized to offer all three IB programmes in French and English- IBPYP (Primary Years programme ), IBMYP (Middle Years programme ) and IBDP (Diploma programme ).

GPIS has been granted several awards from well-recognized international bodies: The International Gold Star for Quality from BID in Spain in 2002, followed by the Robert Blackburn Award by the IBO in 2007 for best Community and Services project in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

In addition to the above, GPIS is the only school in Egypt to hold four quality assurance certificates ISO 9001 since 1997 until the latest update BS EN ISO 9001:2015 from the British Standard Institution BSi- UK.

Dates for open days and submitting applications: Parents are welcome on campus to tour the school and fill in applications. Orientation days are announced on school website.

Admission assessment: All prospective students are assessed for entry in accordance with the admission requirements of the school and the criteria relevant to the particular year group for which they are applying. Admission assessment includes an interview with the student, written and oral language assessments, and Arabic language assessment (not required for foreigners). Early Years students are assessed through careful observation, the student’s ability to listen and carry out instructions, concentration span, as well as social and communication skills are noted.

Special education needs: The school staff is trained to cater for students’ academic, social and personal needs.

Cultural awareness and extracurricular activities: GPIS takes pride in its extracurricular programme. The programme is designed to meet the physical, social and mental needs of children and teenagers. Our students also take part in the Model United Nations (MUN).

Scaffolding the IB programme, GPIS encourages students to participate in service-based activities where they engage in numerous service and action activities, field trips, international trips, and social exchanges throughout the academic year.