International Schooling in Qatar

Did you know? There are approximately 338 international curriculum schools operating in Qatar.

Due to a large number of expats in Qatar, there are numerous high-quality international schools in the country. Attending such a school allows children to gain international qualifications such as the Baccalaureate and makes the transition across countries slightly easier. The schools in Qatar are generally at capacity, and the best ones have long waiting lists. Given that expats are known to relocate to follow career opportunities, don’t be overly concerned as Qatar school places become free throughout the year. As much as you undertake comprehensive professional planning, this same level of care may be required in selecting the right school for your child.

Weekends for most schools fall on Thursday and Friday with the most common working week in Qatar being Sunday to Thursday. It is also worth noting that some companies will include a school fee allowance in their expat packages, Kingpin International will advise accordingly at the start of the hiring process.

Qatar International School

“Learning comes first”

Qatar International School is an English-speaking day school based in Doha, a popular choice for professional expats.

Website: https://www.qis.org/

Age range: 3-18 years old

The Qatar International School follows the National Curriculum of England and Wales and currently has nearly 1,700 students from all over the world. The school has evolved over the years and with an aim to maintain the highest standards of the current British education system, the school is managed by British professionals. It is also a priority for The Qatar International School to raise awareness and continue to support the Arabic culture and way. The students are expected to wear their full school uniform and P.E. kit when attending school and extracurricular activities.

There are after-school activities on offer for both the senior and junior school, varying from football to science club. Admissions to the school are selective and can be competitive depending on the time of year. Pupils are required to be fluent in English.

ACS Doha International School

“Through learning, inspire all to make a difference.”

A popular and reputable international school in Doha, educating using the IB curriculum.

Website: https://www.acs-schools.com/acs-doha

Age range: 3-18

ACS Doha International School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). As well as holding a membership in the Council for International Schools (CIS), and the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA) and is licensed by the Ministry of Education in Qatar.

The school boasts 150 expert faculties and staff from over 70 countries and currently has around 940 students enrolled. After school activities are seen as an important aspect of the children’s learning with the school offering a substantial number of clubs and sports running from 2:30 - 3:30 pm. Clubs include cooking, chess, swimming and book club among others.

Al Jazeera Academy

"Our students are creative learners today and the future leaders of tomorrow!"

An English and Arabic speaking school in Doha, popular among many international expats.

Website: http://aja.edu.qa/Home/

Age range: 3-18 years old

Al Jazeera uses the English curriculum as a foundation for their education, as well as supporting teaching in Arabic and the Qatari history. The school has 73 well-equipped classrooms including computer labs, science labs and a library with discussion rooms. From Kindergarten to Year 3 the children learn in co-ed classes. However, from Year 4 boys and girls learn in same-gender classes in separate wings of the school.

The Academy also emphasises the importance of a healthy lifestyle to the students. Physical education and participation in sporting activities are a top priority for the school. This being said, their sports facilities are second to none with a 25-metre heated indoor swimming pool, two tennis courts, a gymnasium for indoor sports and a football pitch and outdoor games court for outdoor activities.

Established schools in Qatar

The Cambridge School
Website: https://tcsqatar.com/
Curriculum: British
Age range: 3-14

Blyth Academy
Website: https://blythacademyqatar.com/
Curriculum: Alberta Program of Study
Age range: 3-18

The Phoenix Private School
Website: https://www.thephoenixprivateschool.com/
Curriculum: British
Age range: 3-14

The Swiss International School of Qatar
Website: https://www.sisq.qa/
Curriculum: IB
Age range: 3-18

American School of Doha
Website: https://www.asd.edu.qa
Curriculum: US
Age range: 3-18 years old

If you are looking to build up your options before considering a move to Qatar, Kingpin has written a series of articles on this vast country which will provide you with all the information you need:

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