The Top 10 Schools in Cairo

top schools in cairo

Despite having the largest overall education system in the Middle East, Egypt was rated as the worst country in the world in quality of primary education by the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report. In response, Egyptians sarcastically found pride in being number one at something, even if it’s from the bottom. But that’s not to say that all schools in Cairo offer a poor education. Parents that can afford to invest more in their children’s education can take comfort in the fact that Cairo is home to a small number of world-class schools. So to help you on your quest of giving your little ones the best education, we’ve put together the following list of the top 10 schools in Cairo.

BISC – The British International School, Cairo

BISC - The British International School, Cairo

BISC is one of the oldest private international schools in Cairo known for its academic performance that rivals the very best schools, not just in the Middle East but the entire world. The ‘biscuits’, as their students are affectionately nicknamed, are injected with a strong sense of British discipline from a young age. Tuition fees are high compared to the rest of the schools on this list but still cheaper than many private schools in the UK offering an education of similar quality. BISC is noted for a reputation of excellence based on the legacy of their former campus in Zamalek. Whilst their standards have dropped ever so slightly since their move to a new mega-campus in west Cairo, they are still regarded as one of the best schools in Cairo.
Certificates: IB Diploma, BTEC in Business, IGCSE, GCSE
Where: Cairo-Alex Road, Beverly Hills
Contact: +20238270444, Website, Facebook

MET – Metropolitan School

MET---Metropolitan-School-Egypt

Metropolitan School may be one of the younger schools in Egypt but that didn’t stop them from earning a spot on our list. This brilliant school in New Cairo scored magnificent results in all of our inspection criteria. The campus is spacious, secure, well-maintained, and absolutely spotless. Most of the teachers are foreigners brought in to apply western education standards – and we’re not complaining! The teachers we interviewed oozed with knowledge and experience. Our undercover observations proved that they treat the children with care and respect, while keeping them engaged and interested in their studies. Academically, this school applies the American Curriculum to an impressive degree. In fact, this is the first school in Egypt to embed entrepreneurship into the core program – a bold move but one we absolutely love. Overall, Metropolitan School is a true contender for the best school in Egypt for children aged between 3 – 11.
Where: 7 Khaled Ibn Al Waleed St, New Cairo
Contact: 16489, Website, Facebook

CAC – Cairo American College

CAC Cairo American College

Many schools in Cairo try to recreate the American schooling experience but none of them do it as well as CAC. Located in Maadi, the well established school is made up of a huge number of expats, especially Americans due to its ties to the US embassy. The academic programs at CAC include the Advanced Placement (AP) and IB Diploma, making it an ideal platform for students to continue their higher education at leading universities across the globe. CAC promotes athletics more than any other school on this list, making it a great choice for parents that want their children to get a high quality education and stay healthy at the same time. However, an education at CAC doesn’t come cheap as it’s the most expensive of all the schools in Cairo. But if money is not an issue, and you want your child to have the best American education in Cairo, then you can’t go wrong with CAC.
Certificates: IB Diploma, Advanced Placement (AP)
Where: Maadi
Contact: +20227555555, Website

DEO Kairo – Deutsche Evangelische Oberschule

DEO Kairo - Deutsche Evangelische Oberschule

DEO is arguably the best German school in Cairo. The school was founded back in 1873 by the Protestant congregation of Cairo. Their graduates include the Sawiris brothers, Amr Hamzawy, Aida El Ayoubi and Mohamed El Sawy. Today, DEO’s students continue to honor the school’s rich history with exellent academic results. The parents we spoke to couldn’t be happier with the decision of sending their children to DEO. The German curriculum is a tough one by all means, but DEO ensures their students are given ample attention by maintaining small class sizes. The 190+ German teachers do their job with aplomb. They teach discipline, and encourage critical thinking. DEO’s charity work is remarkable, providing food and supplies to the homeless.
Certificates: German Abitur
Where: Dokki
Contact: +20237481645Website

NCBIS – New Cairo British International School

NCBIS - New Cairo British International School

NCBIS is another brilliant international school that follows the British curriculum. The campus is situated in the east of Cairo, providing students with an exceptional learning environment. Academically, the school consistently performs very well thanks to a motivated student body, and the school’s ability to recruit top teachers from around the world. The cultural diversity at NCBIS is remarkable with more than 63 nationalities represented in the student body. Only BISC and CAC have been able to boast similar figures in the past. With the notoriously challenging but equally rewarding IB Diploma on offer, NCBIS cements its spot on our list of the top 10 schools in Cairo. Overall, NCBIS features great facilities, a friendly and international mix of students, and high calibre teachers.
Certificates: IB Diploma, IGCSE, GCSE
Where: 5th Settlement, New Cairo
Contact: +20227582881, Website

MBIS – Maadi British International School

MBIS - Maadi British International School

MBIS is one of the most well-established and successful schools in Cairo, offering a first-class education to tiny expats from 40 nationalities. And when we say tiny, we mean it, as this school caters to children aged 2 to 13 years. The teaching staff is predominantly British and the class sizes are small giving your children the attention they deserve. As for the campus, it’s well maintained, safe and secure. Staying true to their British nature, MBIS encourages its students to explore and question everything. Laying the foundation for a critical and independent mind will greatly benefit your children if they move on to a school like BISC, which is famed for its philosophy discussions and gripping debates at IB level. In short, if your children are starting school for the first time, or below the age of 13, we think MBIS is a great place for them.
Certificates: None (ages 2 to 13)
Where: Maadi
Contact: +200227058671, Website

MES – Modern English School

MES - Modern English School

MES is one of the few schools in Cairo that offer its students the option to choose between the British and American curricula at secondary school. Children that pick the British path will end up with IGCSE and A Level certificates, whilst the American route culminates with the AP exams and a high school Diploma. Alternatively, braver students can opt for the daunting IB Diploma during their final two years. MES’ curricular choice offers flexibility and convenience. But they do not compromise on the quality of education, even with its 2-in-1 feature. The teachers at MES are just as good as any school on this list, and their facilities are superb. MES is not as expensive or as selective as the so-called Big Three (BISC, CAC, NCBIS), making it a decent alternative if you’re looking to send your child to a terrific school that won’t burn a hole in your pocket as big as some of the other schools on this list.
Certificates: IGCSE, A Levels, Advanced Placement (AP), IB Diploma
Where: 5th Settlement, New Cairo
Contact: +20226189600, Website

The International School of Choueifat

Choueifat

Along with AISE, Choueifat is one of the top schools in Cairo with two campuses. One is situated in the 5th Settlement in the east, while the western campus is in 6th of October City. Choueifat is part of the SABIS Network of schools, which is essentially a global education network that can trace its roots back to 1886 when the International School of Choueifat was founded in the village of Choueifat, a suburb of Beirut. Academic standards are high, and delivered in a well-structured manner developed by years of experience by SABIS. Many parents will be pleased to learn that Choueifat adheres to a non-selective admission policy. The school is praised for its facilities which include indoor swimming pools, IT and science labs, over-sized libraries, and a 600-seat theatre.
Certificates: IGCSE/GCSE
Where: 5th Settlement, New Cairo & 6th of October City
Contact: +201006069004/1, Website (5th Settlement), Website (6th of October)

AISE – American International School in Egypt

AISE - American International School in Egypt

Two campuses, one in the 5th Settlement, one in Sheikh Zayed, makes AISE one of the most accessible, high quality schools in Cairo. The students are challenged with a holistic and comprehensive American curriculum, giving them the opportunity to study at universities in the USA and beyond. Parents will be happy to hear that AISE offers the renowned IB Diploma but we doubt students will be as excited with that news. Facilities are nothing short of state-of-the-art when compared to the rest of the schools in Cairo. Unfortunately, behaviour and discipline has been a troublesome issue for AISE in the past. But it seems as though the school has taken the correct steps to rid itself of this somewhat reputation-denting problem. Today, AISE offers its students all they need for a balanced and superior American-style education, putting the school well on par with CAC in many regards.
Certificates: IB Diploma
Where: 5th Settlement & Sheikh Zayed City
Contact: +20226188400, Website (5th Settlement), Website (Sheikh Zayed City)

TBS – The British School Al Rehab

TBS - The British School Al Rehab

Apart from the outstanding education, what makes TBS special is the value it holds to its main stakeholders; students, parents, and teachers. Students and alumni alike usually speak fondly of their experience at TBS, and the parents are equally passionate about the school. There’s a strong sense of partnership between the stakeholders and we believe that really benefits the school overall. The British teachers at TBS succeed at delivering the British curriculum as evident by the strong academic performance, particularly in 2014’s IGCSE results. For parents residing in Madinat Al Rehab, and looking for a top notch British school in the vicinity, we heartily recommend TBS.
Certificates: IGCSE, A Levels
Where: Al Rehab, New Cairo
Contact: +20226070292, Website


Now it’s your turn. Let us know if we’re missing a great school in the comments below. If you’ve had a particularly good or bad experience with any of the schools listed above, please let us know in the comments section. Want to get in touch with us? Just click here and drop us a message.

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  1. My three children went to school at BISC. My youngest only went to school in Egypt due to his age, whereas my two older daughters, still primary / junior level went to school in the uk before we moved to Egypt. The girls managed ok, but my son who I was told was absolutely fine and reaching all standards in BISC, whilst we lived there, when we returned to uk I suddenly found he was WAY WAY WAY behind his peers in school in uk. They could already read and write and where doing joined up writing in year 1. It took me a year and a half of double homework, double reading books, hand writing sheets etc specially prepared for him, every night of the week, together with termly goal setting meetings with his teachers until he finally caught up with his peers in the middle of year 2!!!
    Now, six years later he got full marks in all his year 6 SATS tests and passed to grammar school in year 7, so he was not in anyway a “special needs” child, he was behind because of the teaching in Egypt.
    In BISC when my kids were there, there were 45 different nationalities of children in attendance, most of whom spoke English as a second language. The pace of teaching is accordingly very slow. Paying a fortune for BISC gave my kids lovely surroundings and facilities but the education was far from lovely – I’m just glad we returned to the uk when they were still young enough to catch up 😟

    • Oh my GOd, I was thinking of returning back to the UK next year for my kids to get better education but it seems that they’ll need a whole load of work. Is there any advice you can give me to do in this period.
      regards, Zeinab Fawzy

      • Hello Willis, Bisc is a multi cultural and multinational school. Your statement is very prejudice. People please do not take these comments litterally, go visit all the schools before making judgements. My daughter went to the Bisc. She and her friends all turned out to be humble, kind and successful adults.

  2. Tracy, can I copy your comment to my wall? coz some parents tend to portray these schools like the best places money can afford on earth. Whereas some of them are not, and your experience is a living proof.
    I like how you are being fair, in mentioning the pros and cons.

    Regards

  3. Disappointed Alsson didn’t make the list. It’s far superior than at least half the schools mentioned here. And really, let’s not cling onto Choueifat, which may have been great years ago but has failed miserably in the last five years using the shoddy SABIS system.

    • Our two sons went to ALSSON and embarked on third level education in two top universities in The Netherlands, one of them has since graduated with flying colours and was recruited by a top American multinational company who was not only impressed with his degree but also with his proficiency in Arabic ! This brings me onto the argument of Mrs No Name; how can you possibly consider a school like BISC to be top ranking when they do not even teach Egyptian kids their own mother tongue? Have you ever come across a school in the UK, France or Germany that does not teach their own nationals the English, French or German language?
      So to Mrs No Name I would seriously advise you to take a trip to ALSSON, they would be delighted to show you around and maybe you will understand why they graduate well adjusted students who are responsible and happy citizens of the world while still being very proud of their mother tongue and of their Egyptian heritage !

    • @people endorsing inferior schools

      ahahahaha let me wipe my tears of laughter away with hundred dollar bills.

      Sincerely,
      A Choueifati in the Ivy League

  4. Tracy my son is in bisc year 1 and he can write and read so not because your son wasnt on track means all the kids were the same each kid has his own pace of catching up in reading and writing , and believe me if u have tried any other schools in egypt other than bisc u would have known that your in the best coz i see the progress of my son compared to other kids his age in other schools , u actually did not try another school , maybe bisc is not as good as uk school and thats for sure but at least it is the closest to it and much better than others that u did not try at all . And to sara u dont need to prove any thing to anyone actually if ur happy with ur kids school just leave the people who think they pay and can affort schools and happy with it to be happy , why do u actually care so mich to post a comment to just prove that these schools r not good enough ? Simply because people like u who can not affort those school r the ones who says the worst on them with out even trying them , all megan was saying that her kid was not as qualified as the uk students she didnt say the school or education is bad and if her kids where in another school simply he would have been more far than that coz simpky all schools in cairo sucks and not in 100 years will be close to education in the uk , but at least some of them are trying to be close to them so let them be and stop fighting to disturb thier reputation

    • “No name” person I had to comment back, who are you to say that BISC is better than any other schools that is written doen, its not like you are going to each school and checking their progress and eductation that is her opinion and her son who are you to say that he is slower than other people or children in general. Your gramatical and spelling mistakes prove other wise since like father/mother like child – dont pick on people and for sure dont say that someone cant afford an aducation when you dont know and you cant even write proper english id say that youmre the one who couldnt afford a proper educationc not becauee you’re well of you have the right to pick on others and day they cant afford it! Keep your wrds to yourself and its called freedom of speech for anyone to write whatever they want to, their opinions especially so dont back fure at them if you’re not happy about them commenting THEIR OPINION. However when they’re opinion attacks you or others thats when you can answer back (just like your comment). – Bisc, Allson, NCBIS, MES, AIS, or CAC or even CISE all provide great education for people its all about the community you chose and this is coming from a person who attended MES and AUC, and comes from a person who knows plenty of people in each school from the listed ones terefore; im pretty sure how it goes and thats why im proving you wrong “no name”.

      • Well, you said it all! I was just about to reply to the comment from “No Name” but then I read yours heh. Let’s just chill, these people do exist in our community, no matter how they managed to gain the money, parents’ education always shows up culturally between the children.

    • “No Name” Your English is horrible, maybe you think he can write and read well only because you are comparing his writing and reading to your own?

    • “No Name” Your English is horrible, maybe you think he can write and read well only because you are comparing his writing and reading to your own? I also found your comment about people who cannot afford such schools quite offensive.

    • dear no name.. as for me my kids are in a very good school called Gpis , which is actually using IB program from day one . not like almost all schools using it only for the diploma which actually doesn’t make any sense.. i was visiting once bisc school and i was telling my self why are theses people so arrogant like that and u just answered my question right now.. when you reply to sara telling her (people like you who actually cant afford such school) heheh wow what kind of ethics actually your kids are taught in this school.. categorising people according to money.. really pathetic … anyways enjoy..

  5. “No name” I’m not paying 130,000 L.e for letting my child do the least thing.. Im expecting that he is going to be super perfect coz it’s BISC & I’m paying for that. Secondly, it doesn’t mean at all if we mention negativity of Egyptian education that we can’t afford.. My cousin where in chouiefat AUE & she is now in chouiefat Egypt & there is a whole differences between them.. We are not paying these money for just read & write!!!!!!

  6. Completly agree with this list, though i wouldn’t agree that TBS should be on this list. El Alsson should replace it. As an IB student with friends from all of these schools i can tell you that every school has problems. My school is on this list and i can say that it does still have issues though those schools are as good as it gets. Whethere its BISC, CAC, NCBIS, CES or AIS or another school it’s mainly the students and teachers that make up whether or not a proper education is given and received. And just FYI everyone money is not an issue here everyone in those schools are well off, who has a bigger bank account is not something we care about so parents shouldn’t either not to mention we all get IB in the end like i said each of us has certain teachers that are great and some that aren’t and that is what makes a difference in whether or not we get a good education in addition to whether or not we actually decide to study :D.

    • Hello just want to know ur opinion about Tbs cause I have just registered my baby girl to FS1 next year and I am seriously reconsidering MES specially she got accepted there. Did u hear anything bad about TBS. awaiting your urgent reply. Thank you

      • Don’t worry I am in tbs I’m a student their it’s learning is amazing u shouldn’t worry yourself sally

  7. i wonder why Hayah international academy and Oasis international are not listed , their scores in IB prove they are the best schools in Egypt

    • Coming from a family who has at least 8 kids in Hayah, I am proud of what the school has done with them and their characters today prove it is one of the best schools focusing on character building. Although there is this slight issue fitting into the international school base with the foundation of discipline and righteousness is causing a little bit of confusion to the kids (given the range of behavioral anomalies most of the above-mentioned schools’ graduates show).
      Last but not least, I’m happy it’s on the low so I’d be a little more sure that it won’t lose its main advantage anytime soon by compromising acceptance criteria or anything else.

  8. “No name”
    It didn’t come to my surprise at all what you’ve just said , i was pretty sure that most ( not all ) of the people in Egypt are really after these schools not for better education or proper manners to their kids but for the SHOW OFF thing!
    Thanks to you! You proved me right!

  9. ” No name”
    It didn’t come to my surprise AT ALL what you’ve just said!
    I was pretty sure that MOST( not all ) of the people in Egypt are really after these schools not because of a better education/ proper manners but for the SHOW OFF time!
    Anyway ! Thank you so much for proving me right !

  10. Very disappointed that El Alsson isn’t on the list. It’s definitely a top tier school that deserves so much recognition for its academic excellence, sport achievement, and outstanding charity initiatives. The teachers have personally changed my life and were the best mentors any student can hope for in class as well as outside class. I wouldn’t be who I am today if it weren’t for El Alsson.

  11. Hello all. We’d like to thank everyone for taking part in the discussion and letting us know their opinion. Before writing this article, we spent as much time as we could doing our research. We interviewed many parents, students, and alumni from many schools. Not just english language schools, but french, german, and arabic too. We looked at recent academic results, evaluated the facilities, gathered as much information about the sourcing and training of the teachers, compared tuition fees, and so on. Of course, some schools made it very difficult for us. Information was not easy to obtain to say the least. But we soldiered on anyway. The list was put together from an objective point of view without any affiliation or bias towards any school. Yet, listing our choice of Cairo’s 10 best schools was always going to be controversial and we were very aware of that. Still, it didn’t stop us from writing this article, motivated by our aim of helping parents decide which school best suits their children. We just hope that you appreciate our effort and ask you to respect our opinion as well as the opinion of others in the comments section. Having said that, our lists are always changing, and your feedback is always taken into consideration. This particular list requires constant monitoring and revision as schools are ever-changing. Finally, we wish you all the very best with your children’s schooling and hope our articles have been helpful.

    • Hayah has some of the top IB scores in Egypt, far higher than most of the school on ur list. It also has a larger facility than any of the schools you have mentioned. I don’t know what other factors you put into consideration but i’m sure Hayah has most or all of them covered. 🙂

  12. Completely agree with this list. I’ve conducted a similar study for a UK network planning to enter the Egyptian market. My results were very close bar one or two schools. We measured academic results, parent and student sentiment, student prospects, facilities, parent feedback, safety and security, character development, community service, and some more I can’t seem to remember. @top10cairo, you really don’t need to explain yourself as you’ve done your part and backed it up with research. Good on you, mate.

  13. i think oasis de maadi internationale is a great one too and so far it’s the only school has an accreditation for all IB levels from kg till secondary. Again alhayah international academy and alalsson are great great ones ..

    • You’re forgetting Greenland International school which also has I.B. accreditation from kindergarden to Diploma.

      • greenland/prevert GPIS and OASiS are the only schools that i actually believe in the IB diploma.. ib is a way of thinking and learning profile.. u cant just take all theses advantages in the diploma ..

  14. Comments are hilarious.. All angry mommies with egos defending their kids schools.
    Thing about schools in Egypt now is that as long as you have the money you’ll get in. My advice is to take your kids to CAC, if you can afford it. As someone who lived outside Cairo my whole life (went to a very similar school to CAC) and came back for university. I realized students that graduated from CAC are far more educated, intellectual and plus their English was way better than anyone else’ and that’s what you should really expect from an English speaking school. I was shocked at some of the English I heard, coming from students from schools such as AIS and others. Your an American/English school for **** sake, if a student graduates with bad English than you pretty much are a bad school.

    1. CAC
    2. BISC
    3. CHOUFEIT
    4. Doesn’t matter

    This is just my opinion so NO OFFENSE TO ANY OTHER SCHOOL except for Alsson… Every school makes a person who they are, just because you went there doesn’t make it/you amazing

    And for the person who said its AIS not AISE, No, it is AISE as the official school name is the American International School in Egypt!

  15. I think the behavior of parents, proven by the above comments, affects the reputation and perception of the school they are affiliated with. As a student of one of the above schools, with friends in every school on the list, I can tell you that no two kids in this world are the same. If your kid is happy where he is, then that’s all that matters, no need to get competitive with other parents and don’t create a divide between your kids. At the end, no one stays in school forever and we all end us sitting next to each other (as well as next to other kids whose schools would never make it on any list) in universities, in meetings and at our own kids football practices. If you really want to know if your kid is in the right place or not, ask them! Because I guarantee you they have formed opinions that are more credible than yours!

  16. Very narrow article about best schools in Cairo or egypt seems the person who wrote the article asked the people he knows and didn’t really make an effort finding about other very strong schools in the market such as GPIS OR BSE (the British school of Egypt ) so please before writing such article look around all Cairo & not just your surrounding

  17. Well I finished high school not long ago, and am 25 years old and just finished my masters degree in France.

    I would like to say your attitude as parents is quite hillarious, typical Egyptian mommy attitude anyways, I graduated from the BBC and I loved every bit of it, even if it’s no where close to those schools in the list

  18. I am quite shocked about the results myself….working with teachers that have come from many of these schools to the school I currently work at because the teachers were not treated respectfully. As for TBS I have been told they have recently had a complete overhaul of staff as the school was failing! Hilarious really that in my class alone I have children that have moved from some of these schools as the parents weren’t happy with the education they received. At the end of the day every school here has its shortcomings and is in no way a comparison to a good school in the UK. There is no real help for children here with SEN or children with behavioural difficulties. Not one child is the same but here in Egypt there is too much stigma related to this and the private schools do everything they can to ensure that these children aren’t offered education if they fail the high assessments that in my opinion are a waste of time.

  19. The article seems accurate and based on research. What more do you people want? Yes, education is rubbish in Egypt but there are a few good schools when compared to the mass of crappy ones in the city. All angry mothers should keep quite and put their egos to a side. Everyone is victimizing whoever wrote this article, when he/she clearly stated in the comments that they’ve done as much research as they can to give you ungrateful, ruthless people a guide which they HOPE could be of some use. Pathetic reaction by you lot. And they’ve stated how they evaluated the schools without bias. Should be ashamed of yourselves. Note to whoever invested their time to give us this article: It’s not even worth it! Egyptians won’t appreciate it, but try to destroy it instead because this culture is in self-destruct mode anyway. Any research-based study is criticized without backup if it doesn’t match your personal agenda. For most Egyptians, “it’s my way or the highway.”

  20. I think the writer of this article is not honest!!
    This rating is 100% nonsense. It is based on how much tuition these schools charge rather than academic excellence.
    Except for DEO, these are the most expensive schools in Egypt. They consider education a ‘commodity’ and in the process, completely forget all values of this sacred duty.. A truly “Pay your fees get your Bees” operation
    Shame on them 🙁

  21. As I said on Facebook:

    When you charge tens of thousands or in some cases hundreds of thousands of Egyptian pounds for school education, especially when you’re in a country like Egypt, then you are a business.

    With all due respect no “school” deserves to be on this list, maybe just DEO. I think they are relatively cheap.

  22. Good article and good analysis. I dont have any children at these schools but its the truth, and to most parents, the truth will hurt. The idiot above claiming this list was based on the most expensive schools doesn’t understand that in egypt, when you pay more, you get a better education. Dont agree? Put your kids in a public school for 100 le and you will see. Everyone hating this article either dont have kids in these schools or cant afford to send their kids to these schools. My advice is work harder, earn more, and if you cant because you’re lazy, don’t embarrass yourselves by letting the world know how small your minds are and how big your bruised egos can get!!!!

    • With all do respect, I dont agree with you.Not every school you PAY MORE YOU GET MORE…Both of my older sons who are now in college were in American schools which I spent fortunes on ( had I put this amount of money for them they’d now had a fortune for each one).I dont think they benefited from the stupid system which in Egypt is not even professionally taught. My friends in other schools complained of the same thing.I’m a person who lived my childhood in the U.S and csn tell you that the American system here is a disgrace! Just to let you know that my 3rd child is now in a NATIONAL school.I dont think people who are on fb like your goodself will put their children in schools that have a 100 POUND fee…Let me tell you that my 3rd child is now in a school with the normal NATIONAL system and is doing much better than her brothers did.For your concern, the most clever of students in the university and the most successful are those that were in the normal national system…and any professor in any university will tell you that…Cheers to your OPEN MINDED HARDWORKING MONEY-EARNING SELF!

  23. What about the rest of schools? Why is there still gifted children in Egypt that still out rank their peers in US UK esp. In technology ?!!!!! They are being taught in national schools and national universities…. International schools are there to wipe out the Egyptian culture out of wealthy children and lure them to belong to other foreign cultures that basically don’t care if they excel at school or not so long they pay for it

  24. LFC is the best french school and one of the best schools in cairo. It should be on the list more than others.

  25. The British School in Rehab City is one of the worst schools around..The school teachers are not qualified to teach..half are no more than back packers.
    My two daughter’s and son had to be removed from this school after only 1yr there..they fell way behind and needed private tuition to catch up.
    The NCBIS is the best in Cairo the teachers are very dedicated and professional in their approach to teaching.
    The MES is another very good School..The only draw backs of both NCBIS and the MES is the fees they charge.

  26. Why are you taking it personal? This conversation reflects upon our culture. We take everything personal; we became so self centered. You don’t own the school; it’s just a choice you made. Every school has its pros and cons, so its ok to mention them in order to help others to build opinion and take decision or even to know the cons so they could follow up with their kids. Stop pointing fingers on each other. We are wasting our time while other cultures building their success by accepting and learning from their failures. It’s ok not to write good English and it’s ok not to afford some schools. The point is to educate our children more than us, so they could earn more. It is so sad. Whatever happened to Egyptians?

  27. Hi all,

    I think this list is excellent and very accurate except for one school – canadian international school! I don’t agree that it should be on this list.

    I have a child in grade 3 and one in jk, and they’ve both been there since pre-k. To be honest the quality of education and the professionalism was awesome, up until 2 years ago. Two years ago, as it is a business for the owners, naturally the owner stepped down from the school passing it down to his kids. Unfortunately, as his kids don’t know much about education nor business, they started running after the money. They used to have a recruiting agency, which would recruit qualified Canadian certified teacher, but owner wanted to cut down on expenses and raise fees to make more profit. So they did the recruiting on their own, and as a result underpaid, unqualified and un satisfied staff replace all the excellent staff. Education quality went down and professionalism disappeared!

    I know this is too long, but just to give some examples of what’s going on, I’d like to mention some of the major things I have been through and still going through this year.

    After sk, parents have the choice to either put their kids in English or French Emersion ( some subjects are in English and some are in French), being from Montreal myself, naturally I chose French emersion. My daughter started g1 french Emersion, with no notification I find out that they decided to give all subject in French just the first year to ensure a solid French base. We weren’t notified, but I was cool it made sense as it was only for grade one or at least that’s what they promised. She then went to grade two English was give but no other subjects were given in English as the program used to be. English teacher turned out to be unqualified and taught them nothing and class were 25 student in a small class when the max number used to be 18. We had to fight to split the clas into 2 classes and they refused till after Christmas, when they got a new teacher because they finally made the unqualified teacher leave, yet when asked if in the future we will never see a class of 25 students, they said could still happen. Though the reason they gave use when they split the class was for a better learning experience for the kids. By the way, the English teacher they fired, in the the parents meeting right befor Christmas break could not answer a simple question as ” what will my daughter will have learnt in English at the end of this year?” He had took for the curriculum from a pile of messy paper all over his desk and on the floor to find it and when he found he was literally reading through that he didn’t even take his eyes off of it to look at me. Any way, a year of English was wasted and my daughter moved to grade 3 with the last English learnt was in SK. You can imagine how bad her writing was, she writes words without vowels!!! Her whole class does! So she started G3 again all subject in French except the English lesson. This time the had English teacher who punishes children by putting them in the corner standing facing the wall!!! Public school style! Plus English class was under equipped no smart boar no screen nothing but a white board. The teacher couldn’t cope with being under equipped, though parents were supporting her to equip the class by nagging on the school owners and principle, without any success. She left again a month before Christmas break. School said they r looking for a teach and put a support teacher in until they find a qualified teacher. They didn’t give us feedback on finding a new teacher till we had to surprise them at school all the parents and refused to leave till we get answers. The answers were we r still looking, we said kids lost 2 years of English so time is important and it’s the school’s responsibility to provide them with what they failed to give for 2 years and they replied the past is the past. We insisted that they have to compensate for the English the kids lost the past year by giving them after school English, and their answer was will u pay for it. Though we payed 2 years full fees, no delays with the extra they add every year and were supposed to have English. They got their money in full and we didn’t get the complete service for it, yet they want us to pay for it! Anyway, and more and more, parents from other grades complained that a teacher was hitting students, yet all they did was pull her out of the class for a while and put her in different class in which parents also complained that she was aggressive with children. Owners r un reachable and keep avoiding to meet with angry parents. Very unethical and unprofessional!

    Anywho, sorry for writing all this, but wanted to share my experience to avoid others from wasting their money on this school.

    • Thanks very much for explaining the reality of this school as I was thinking to go to that school in grade 10, but I think it won’t make a difference between the Primary stage and the secondary stage in that school, thank you again for making me know the reality 🙂

  28. With all respect to above opinions, no schools in Cairo can be compared with DEO.
    I know that most of you are pro British-American education, but with DEO it is more about quality.
    Evidence: lowest charges with highest demand. Try go through the process of acceptance for your kids. It is not about money here! If you have the money you can easely put your kids in most of above schools except for DEO.
    The cryteria of accepting kids is much different. It is based on behaviour, intelligence and a potential independant character. A lot of you will disagree with me cause they simply didn’t get the DEO experience. DEO is a lifestyle and an excellent and realistic preparation for the kids to enter real life. Since I left the school in 1990 and now that I have my 3 kids there, I didn’t even feel any difference in the quality of education since my time, it even improved and offering education, which develop common sense, leadership and creativity.
    Thanks

    • Unfortunately I missed the DEO admission by a week and I really sad about this.
      My son birth date is 9th of June 2013 could you help me if he could make it the next year 2017-2018?
      Thanks

  29. Hey all im ” no name” again , i dont have any kids in any school and i just wrote this comment to prove to u all that schools is a huge depate for all of you, i choose bisc coz its on top of the list and someone already started debating their excellence not for any other reason ! Believe it or not you all took it very very personal and all of you tried to prove that your kids school is much better, when did schools for your kids became a competition!! Me replying to that lady who said ” can i please post ur bad comment on bisc coz most people think because its expensive its good ” you are pathetic really ! And i had to reply like this to prove to you all that its not about education for all of you parents anymore regarding the money ! All of you do alot of effort to fight other schools that your kids are not in especially the highly priced schools trying to prove its not worth it ! Guess what all theses school are over priced and the education in egypt is not as good as uk or usa schools, but this list is really a good one and top10 cairo you did a great job dont wast ur time replying to mothers who their kids school and education fee is a huge debate for them , guess what mommys the price of a school does not prove any school is good and believe it or not each kid has his own pace of growth and learning so some kids in best schools are not a good image to the school and some very clever kids come out of schools not that good ! So stop Depating relax people ! If someone pays more that u for an education that doesnt mean their kids will be better than yours , so just embrace the difference and accept that everyone is happy with their choice for their kids .

  30. Ah just one last thing in my first comment i did not say that bisc is better than all in the list , i said one of the good ones in cairo , actually the best school in this list is the CAC based on ranking of students that go to international universities , so lets start and fight CAC coz someone u dont know wrote its the best 😂

  31. Its a typo mistake ! I dont use autocorrect! If u look another time u will find that i wrote it once with p and once with b ! and yes i graduated from alsson and its a very good school and so will be my kids in the future ,

  32. Those commtents should all be deleted by the server , This is horrible really , patents should only write reviews about their kids school and based on personal experience to help others choose and know more about any school and thats what the comment section is made for . This is a fight and conflict of opinions based on nothing typical egyptian attitude and its an indirect bad/good advertising to some schools.

  33. Schools …and I mean all schools….no longer provide education. They are social establishments that cater to customer needs whether related to education or not. My children are in BSE and I’m disatisfied with the level of education they are getting. I don’t think schools matter that much, in the end it’s higher education that counts. So just keep an eye on your kids. Monitor their strengths and weaknesses. Work on them hard. Don’t neglect Arabic. Don’t neglect Arabic. Don’t neglect Arabic. It is what identifies us. Try whether you are rich or not to get them to good universities abroad . If you are really serious about education.
    Otherwise don’t bother yourself, as far as schools go, Ahmed is Haj Ahmed’ s brother.

  34. Hi All, please I would like to know if the Nefertari international school is a good one or not ? Pleas egive me your feedback.
    Thank you

  35. I agree with the list too but I’m in MES and some teachers there are not as good as the ones in AIS my brother is in AIS and his teachers are waaaay better than the ones In MES.

  36. Hi everyone,
    I was hoping some of the parents out there can help me with some feedback about two Canadian schools in Cairo, British Columbia Canadian international School and Canadian International School.
    All feedback are welcome.
    Thank you in advance

  37. Anyone here can tell me please, which international schools in Egypt the best are? I am living in Saudi Arabia. I though, international school here in Saudi is not enough good, hence I will send my son to one of international school in Egypt.

    • Recently (2017-2018) My parents transferred me from an international American school in KSA to an international school here in Egypt. Education in Egypt is sadly falling behind miserably, as a student, my hunger for knowledge is completely unsatisfied. The only good thing about education in Egypt is the flexibility and freedom to do whatever you want to do. But Education wise, KSA is better than any international school in Egypt can provide.

  38. Thanks so much Marwa, for enlightening me about cise , I have attended the orientation day, today and felt something is wrong despite all the positive reviews from people arround, the presentation done by the school director, the stages principals and other staff members was disappointing, the tour arround the school was even more disappointing …now I Know why this school had a good reputation but no clue of it now .

  39. Hi,
    I’m a student in Ncbis and I was pondering on weather I should leave my school and go to another one. I’m currently in year 9 and I’m supposed to be doing my GCSE’s next year. I looked at AIS and liked the school and got a good impression of it and I liked the program that they offered, but I’m afraid that the quality of education/ teachers wont be at the same standard as Ncbis. Can anyone offer feedback on weather or not moving to AIS would be a good decision.
    Thank you

  40. Hi,
    I’m a student in Ncbis and I was pondering on whether I should leave my school and go to another one. I’m currently in year 9 and I’m supposed to be doing my GCSE’s next year. I looked at AIS and liked the school and got a good impression of it and I liked the program that they offered, but I’m afraid that the quality of education/ teachers wont be at the same standard as Ncbis. Can anyone offer feedback on whether or not moving to AIS would be a good decision.
    Thank you

  41. Also quite disappointed to see Ces not on the list, this list must not be up to date as Cauro English School is one of the best British, International, Private schools in the whole of Egypt and maybe South Africa. Many achivers of Egypt and 2-3 of the whole world come from your very own Ces.

  42. Hello Student from NCBIS,
    My advice to you: Don’t leave NCBIS; you will not get a better education elsewhere. I graduated from NCBIS in 2002 and have always been proud to have spent 10 years of my life there. I ended up graduating from a university in the USA with honors ( GPA>3.6) thanks to the way I waa taught to learn at NCBIS. I loved how the school encourages students; they actually offered me the chance to study music alone…I was the first and only student studying GCSE Music and the school was dedicated enough to put 2 teachers for me in order to finish the syllabus in 1 yeat rather than 2. I dont think you would get that kind of treatment at any other school.

    Anyway, if you can, do not leave NCBIS: you will regret it.

    Shanti

  43. Based on my experience i can say that BISC is really a great school..
    But that doesnt mean that other schools is not good enough too.
    Cac is great better than bisc i believe
    Also
    alsson, ais are very very good schools too.
    I belive that every school has its pros and cons , non is perfect, at the end of its a matter of choice to what u prefer and the place u feel ur child is bloosming in.
    What i can say based on my experience that bisc do not only teach the British national curriculum for children but also forms a person from alot of other aspects like the child character, personality, knowledge,sports, theater, social awerness and thats what i like about it, i love how they r educating children from every aspect and emphasising their knowledge year by year.
    To correct what was written up,
    bisc teach arabic as part of their curriculum for several years now
    And
    starting next year the minestry of education identity subjects and tests will be applied to egyptians students

    Last but not least , the ‘no name ‘ person its a disgrace that such people with this thinking and attitude exist , no school is better because of the price tag!!
    Part of the high fees come from recruiting good foreign teachers and the facilities they provide to cater the kids education that As all class teachers are forgniers with british passports in all year groups through out the 13 years.

  44. Hmm, well i have reas the comments on here , the grammar and spelling in most is atrocious, oh and i should know, i teach English as did my father before me. Education is as much about the child as the facility and the teacher as well as the parent’s.2 of my cousins went to one of the worst comprehensive schools in my home city, they not only got their standard 9 0 levels as it was back then but got 13 and 12 respectively then went on to get 4 A levels each and both received full scholarships to Brunel University to study engineering from Rolls Royce,so the school isnt always the most important factor. The childs willingness and capacity for learning is also a huge huge part in this (that is something money can’t buy) , then there are the educational facilitators not all are the same not all employ the same class room methods some are great a lot are good but there are bad ones out there even at the best schools. Last but far from least we have you the parents, alot with understanding of the learning process some with over hyped expectations of your child and its abilities, and some well we had better leave that elsewhere. My eldest is at a British International School here in Egypt and my words to her are always the same, ” as long as you have tried your best and have given it all you can I will be very very proud of you, and will support you.” so far i have been very lucky and apart from Arabic which she took up last year shes a straight A student (she got 3 A’s and 4 B’s in Arabic) will this continue i don’t know but as long as she has a love of studying and a wish to suceed she will, my job as a parent is to encourage and support her. Professionally I looked at a lot of schools for her to come to when we came over all with their varying prices but the Curriculum (apart from 1 or 2 schools that use speacialsed teaching methods) that these schools all teach is basically the same, my daughters main advantage being British is her ability to apply for a UK University without the hassle of being an overseas student, so aslong as your school has NARIC recognised or can be valued by NARIC for UK University clearing, then it will be basically down to your childs ability to learn. For as my Mum says “you can’t put a brain where there isn’t one.”, this leaves you with the choice of pay your money and take your choice, but dont think the more you pay the better it is. My first choice school in Egypt was the cheapest by far but because I’m British they wouldnt let my daughter take the entrance exam, then we found out that because she actually has dual nationality, she could have actually gone there, but now there are no spaces left for her.So have a great day and please read and think upon what I’ve written,for your childrens sake.

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