The Best French Schools in Cairo

best french schools in cairo

We’ve already covered the top 10 schools in Cairo, and now we take a closer look at the best French schools. Historically, French language schools have been very popular in Cairo. Some of them are the oldest schools in the country with roots dating back to the 1800s. Here, we’ve put together a list of the best French schools in Cairo based on; academic results, tuition fees, parent and student sentiment, prospects, facilities, safety and security, character development, and community service. Think we missed one of the best French schools in Cairo? Let us know in the comments below.

1Lycée Français du Caire

best french schools in cairo

The Lycee Francais du Caire is quite possibly the very best of French schools in Cairo. It would certainly be hard to argue such a claim considering their excellent academic performance, beautiful campus, and the brilliant feedback we got from the students and the parents. The fees are a bit higher than some schools on this list, but we feel its well worth the money. Overall, it’s a superb French school with a growing reputation – one we doubt you will regret sending your kids to.
Where: Maadi
Contact: +20223582320, website

2Concordia – Lycée International Français en Egypte

Concordia is not as old as some other French schools in Cairo, but one that is worth mentioning nonetheless. The school succeeds at delivering the French curriculum thanks to a blend of high academic and disciplinary standards. While the culture seems a bit conservative, the campus is spacious and welcoming. The admin staff are good at their job and pay a lot of attention to detail. Most of the students and parents we spoke to seem quite happy with the school and its proactive approach to improving itself.
Where: 5th Settlement (El-Tagamoa El-Khames)
Contact: +20229200101, website

3Lycée International Balzac

Located in the East of Cairo, Balzac is another excellent school that follows the French curriculum. One of the key points that captured our attention was their accreditation by the French Secular Mission. In other words, Balzac encourages freedom of thought and critical thinking. Apart from the broad-mindedness theme, Balzac offers plenty of extracurricular activities for the all-round development of your child. A winner in our book!
Where: 5th Settlement (El-Tagamoa El-Khames)
Contact: +20225379358, website

4École Oasis Internationale

Oasis is known as the first school in the world authorized to offer the three programs of the IB in French. And Oasis honors that fact by boasting some of the best IB results out of all the schools in Egypt every single year. The students seem open-minded, intellectual and inquisitive. They regularly take part in MUN conferences, building their debating skills and exposing them to global affairs. Oasis is a great choice with a lot of local and foreign teachers ready to provide your children with a fine French education.
Where: Maadi
Contact: +201227418222, website

5Collège de la Sainte Famille (Jésuites)

Jésuites is a school that needs no introduction. But if you’re not familiar with this historic institute, Jésuites is a French school for boys founded in 1879, after a request by Pope Leo XIII for a seminary to help prepare students to become priests in the Catholic Church. Today, the school is less concerned with the preparation of priesthood, focusing more on delivering a valuable French based education to students of all religions. Over the years, Jésuites has produced some of the best talents from the world of business, politics, medicine, and film. Some notable alumni include Ramy Lakah, Hisham Selim, and Tarek Nour.
Where: Faggala, El Daher, Heliopolis
Contact: +20222918017, website

6Collège De La Salle

Collège De La Salle is a French school for boys located in El Daher district of Cairo. This school can trace its roots back to 1854. In our opinion, the students that attend Collège De La Salle tend to have a better grasp of the French language than students from other schools. We sensed a high level of discipline on our visit, and the students seemed very friendly, welcoming and confident. Speaking to alumni in their 40s and 50s, it’s clear that their experience at Collège De La Salle left a mark. They take huge pride in this school, and told us how their education wasn’t just based on books and numbers. They had sessions discussing problems at home, challenges of adolescence, advice on doing the right thing and respecting one another. Collège De La Salle is more than academics. It’s life lessons and long-term values. It’s brilliant.
Where: El Daher
Contact: +20225904740, website

7Green Land Pré Vert International School

Strictly speaking, GPIS is not a French school but it has a good French section. GPIS is the only school in Egypt to offer the three IB programmes (PYP, MYP and DP) in two languages: English and French. GPIS was founded in 1994 by a group of parents “who dreamt of offering their children a quality education.” Both campuses are pleasant, but we feel the one in Sheikh Zayed was a bit better in terms of facilities (pictured above). The students come from all walks of life and the school has a strong sense of community. Parent and student feedback was generally on the positive side, noting the excellence of the teachers at the IB diploma level. Fortunately, there’s lots of character building and critical thinking going on here thanks to the IB requirements. The only major complaint came from parents about the admin staff. Overall, a good choice and a decent alternative to many schools on this list, especially if you’re looking for a French-based IB education in Giza or Sheikh Zayed.
Where: Sheikh Zayed & Giza
Contact (Zayed): +201002226050, website
Contact (Giza): +20235405890, website

8Collège du Sacré-Cœur

The Sacré-Cœur is one of the oldest and most respected French schools for girls in Egypt. Founded more than 100 years ago, the Sacré-Cœur offers a French section that culminates with the French Baccalaureate. The Sacré-Cœur has been turning girls into knowledgeable, hard-working and independent women for a very long time. They’re also famous for their high level of discipline and exemplary behavior. Our visits to both campuses, and interviews with current and former students confirmed the high level of intellect and discipline. In short, it’s the best French school for girls and one that cements its spot on our list with aplomb.
Where: Ghamra & Heliopolis
Contact (Ghamra): +20224452905, website
Contact (Heliopolis): +20225904740, website

9Smart Village Schools – Voltaire

Lycee Voltaire is the French arm of the Smart Village Schools. It’s one of the youngest schools on this list but certainly deserves its place among the top French schools in Cairo. Voltaire follows the French curriculum and culminates with the French Baccalaureate. The education is consistent with that of the French Ministry of National Education. The school is quite modern and the campus is a good size with all the expected facilities present. During our observation, the teachers stood out for all the right reasons. They are well trained and seem to know their material inside out. The students are mostly cheerful and disciplined. Their French speech is noticeably better than many other schools, and the older students in particular were eloquent and articulate. Finally, Voltaire promotes critical thinking – and to us, that’s the cherry on top.
Where: Km 28 Cairo-Alex Desert Road (Smart Village)
Contact: +20235370100, website

10Collège De La Mère De Dieu

Collège De La Mère De Dieu best french school in cairo garden city

Collège De La Mère De Dieu in Garden City is a well-known all-girls school with a rich history dating back to the 19th century. The campus is dated and in much need of a refresh, and the facilities are limited due to Garden City’s lack of space and expansion restrictions. The school awards the French Baccalaureate diploma which is the same as what students obtain from high schools in France. Academic standards have dropped around the year 2000 but is seeing a renaissance in recent years thanks to a highly motivated student body. The most impressive feature of Collège De La Mère De Dieu is the strong sense of community and family. The students are disciplined and respectful of one another, and their teachers.
Where: Garden City
Contact: +20227924451, website


    • Read the first paragraph. They mention it. I heard their team of reporters did undercover investigation at the schools! Thank you for the information top 10 cairo ?

        • Are you serious? You think nefertari and MLS deserve a spot next to any of these schools on the list? I don’t think so…

          • Well, I do believe that MLS and nefertari deserve a spot on this list. Because at least they have students(unlike some on the list) and their results are higher than some that are mentioned here.

          • MlS lycee deserve to have a spot for sure , per the dedined selection methodology: academic results: competing heavily tuition fees: realistic and well defined to parents prior and can be predictable for many years and this make it one of the best. Regards the ethics , security and safety you need to recheck the old structure that make it safe for years for kids, it enble them to have trolleys bags that can easily used due to the fact of no staires (all buildings is ground floor and for the 1st floor there is ramp for kids to use all the time) can you share with me school thay consider such simple structure handling 10 years ago min ?

    • With all respect its an average school. Used to be very good but now its 3ady. Definitely not one of the best in my opinion.

  1. I agree with this list. The old french schools affiliated with the churches teach the intangible life lessons and the new ones are good for academics. My opinion is to send your kids to do IB but not at green land. I think oasis is much better for IB. The best is to send them to an international school so they grow up with kids from all countries.

  2. How ur search was based on acedemic research ? Concordia 8 kids didn’t get their brevet last year ! Same for the baccalauréat. ..

  3. With all my respect, the article is very approximate. I’m also astonished French section of MLS is not on the list 🙂

    • With all respect, MLS is a joke of a school. Doesn’t deserve to be on this list. They sound like retards when they try to speak French. They can barely string a sentence together. It’s not their fault at all… It’s just poor education in Egypt.

  4. with all my due respest to this report… still i see it totally unprofessional and should not be taken into consideration when evaluating schools..
    Schools should be evaluated based in their published academic achievements, sustainability of these achievements and accreditation and certification levels, extra curriculum activities ( and i don’t mean here bazzars and fun days that all schools are lately becoming talented in, i mean mainly field trips, projects that take care of the society and the environment,etc…)… then last comes the buildings, facilities, and “parent and student sentiment”!!!
    Parents looking for credible education systems should consult the Brevet/BAC results for international schools and published thanaweya amma results for national schools
    those looking for facilities and fancy buildings should rather look for clubs of after school activities

    • The report mentions in the first paragraph that they take academic results into consideration so I believe it’s a credible evaluation. Also, I think parent and student sentiment is very important because these are the people that will most likely tell the truth about their experience with a school. If the people behind this report spoke to the school directly, it will just be an advertisement for the school and the information will be very misleading. In my opinion, as a mother of 3 kids in french schools in Cairo, and being educated in french schools myself as a child – I can tell you that these schools are 100% the best in the city. My husband does annual auditing of french homologuees schools for l’agence de l’enseignement francais a l’etranger and he completely agrees with this list. @Rania: what other french schools do you believe deserve a place in this report? I don’t see any other worthy to be called the best in Cairo! On a side note: @top 10 cairo, my husband and I appreciate the time you guys took to put this report together. I’m sure many parents will find your guide useful. Merci beaucoup 🙂

      • Nihal, Ca se voit clairement que LE collège de la mère de Dieu est excellent, surtout que tu n’arrives même pas a écrire le nom de ton collège qui est un NOM MASCULIN, pas féminin comme tu l’as fait..
        chérie, on dit LE COLLèGE pas La college

  5. Je ne comprend pas non plus pourquoi MLS n’est pas sur cette liste. J’y ai travaillé il y a quelques années. Les choses ont peut-être changé depuis. Le souvenir que j’en garde est très positif. Une équipe éducative professionnelle (nous étions quasiment tous titulaires de l’éducation nationale ou non titulaires mais avec expérience, contrairement à ce qui se pratique dans beaucoup d’écoles), des locaux, sans étage, entourant un jardin sympathique, qui n’oppressaient pas les enfants et une direction toujours à l’écoute, que ce soit des profs ou des parents. Les patronnes de l’établissement, Magda Moussa puis Nermine Nada, ont toujours fait prévaloir l’éducation des enfants avant le business que peuvent représenter ce genre d’écoles.

    • Merci, très bien dit! MLS section française a fait ses preuves (plusieurs Bacs avec des résultats plus que satisfaisants), une équipe pédagogique très sérieuse et toujours a l’écoute. C’est ce qu’on peut vraiment appeler une école à but non lucratif. Ils ne font pas de show, pas de marketing. Mais je pense qu’ils n’ont n’en pas besoin. Je pense que cet article un hâtif et très approximatif.

    • Je ne recommanderais pas cette école à personne. Malheureusement, j’ai étudié à cette école pathétique. Une école de merde! Je suis victime d’intimidation et abusé ici.

  6. College delasalle is not so good as you expect. It is just a history but it does not own superior staff members. the staff members lake the least possible rules for manipulating children. Some of them beat and say bad words for the children. They deal with boys as if they were in a school of government. I am so sad that i have not found it as i have wanted and as i have dreamed.

    • at last…i ve same opinion on De la salle.. begad i was shocked of the staff level of language and unprofessional attitude with kids

  7. Le lycée français du Caire est le meilleur d’un point de vue académique, moyens à disposition des professeurs, même si il y a de plus en plus de professeurs égyptiens locaux qui n’ont pas le niveau et surtout la façon de travailler à la française.
    Tous les autres établissements sont une vaste escroquerie dans le but de faire de l’argent et satisfaire des parents qui considèrent ces écoles comme des “clubs” et non comme des lieux d’apprentissage.
    Le lycée Albert Camus sort un peu du lot avec quelques professeurs titulaires et une direction digne de ce nom.

  8. Le lycée Balzac n’a plus une valeur. Tous les bons professeurs sont partis et en récréation, les élèves parlent 80% arabe et 20% de français cela explique pourquoi ils font beaucoup de fautes. Et puis les élèves ne sont pas très polis. De plus, l’éducation n’est pas top non plus je ne vous la conseille vraiment pas.


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