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Schools in Kuwait

Kuwait has a good education system for locals & expatriates. Ministry of Education regulates both government and private schools.

Posted on

15 July 2013

Last updated on 4 July 2017
Schools in Kuwait

Kuwait has a good education system for both local and expatriate children. By law all children between the ages of 6 and 14 are required to go to school. However some schools hold pre KG, KG and reception classes for pre preparatory children aged 3 to 5 years old.

Ministry of Education regulates both government and private schools. The private schools cater mainly for the expatriate population but may also include some of the more westernised Kuwaiti children.

Private education is not cheap, so it is a good idea to try to negotiate the inclusion of school fees in your contract of employment. The schools require advance payment and a deposit which may only be returned if sufficient notice of leaving is given in writing!

The academic year runs from September to June with terms and holidays varying between schools although all will be closed for the local national public holidays. The school week runs from Sunday to Thursday with hours typically from 7.30 to 1.30-3.30 depending on the age of the child. Most schools also run optional extra- curricular activities after school which may lengthen the school day.

Many private schools follow the British or American curriculum and there are also a number of other international schools; Indian, Pakistani, Filipino, which follow their respective curriculum. However, all schools must include Arabic/ Islamic Studies within their curriculum.

It is a good idea to ask for other people's opinions when choosing a school (of course these may differ from person to person!) and do book appointments to look around the schools if possible, to guage whether you think your child would be happy there. There are waiting lists and evaluation tests too, so do look around as early as possible in order to maximise your choices.

Schools normally arrange transportation to and from school on their buses for an extra fee should this be required.


The Ministry of Education requires that every school keeps an up to date file on each pupil, including at least the following :

  • Application form (English and Arabic) and passport photographs
  • Declaration Letter
  • Photocopies of Birth Certificate, Passport pages, Residency stamp and Civil ID
  • Photocopy of father's Civil ID or nationality card
  • Medical card and BCG vaccination card
  • Transfer Certificate if moving from a Middle Eastern Country or another school in Kuwait
schools in kuwait

Most schools in Kuwait are public schools which educate in the Arabic language. There are some schools which run under Indian CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education), British, American and French systems, or a combination of languages.

American Schools 

  • Kuwait American School
  • American School of Kuwait
  • American International School of Kuwait
  • Universal American School
  • American Creativity Academy
  • American Academy for Girls
  • American International School of Gulf

Bilingual Schools

  • Al-Bayan Bilingual School
  • Dasman Model School
  • Future Bilingual School
  • Al-Ghanim Bilingual School
  • Al-Ru'ya Bilingual School
  • Rawd Alsalheen Bilingual School (R.S.B.S.)
  • Anglo Arab Bilingual Academy
  • Kuwait Bilingual School in the city of Jahra, Kuwait
  • Kuwait Academy Bilingual School ( K.A.B.S )
  • Canadian Bilingual school (C.B.S)
  • American Bilingual School (A.B.S)
  • Al-Ma'alee Bilingual School
  • Pioneers Bilingual School (PBS)
  • The Rainbow Playgroup
  • Ajial Bilingual School

British Schools

  • Kuwait English School (K.E.S)
  • The English School Fahaheel (E.S.F)
  • New English School (Kuwait) New English School (N.E.S)
  • The English School, Kuwait (T.E.S)
  • Kuwait International English School (K.I.E.S)
  • British School of Kuwait (B.S.K)
  • Falcon English School (F.E.S)
  • Cascade British Nursery School
  • Gulf English School (G.E.S)
  • Kuwait National English School (K.N.E.S)
  • The English Academy (T.E.A)
  • International Academy of Kuwait (I.A.K)
  • Cambridge English School - Mangaf & Hawally (C.E.S)
  • Oxford Academy of Kuwait
  • English School of Girls - Salwa (E.S.G)
  • Tahreer English School
  • The English Primary School
  • The English Playground (Infant school)
  • Gulf British Academy (G.B.A)
  • Lycée Francais Du Koweït (The French School)

Indian Schools

  • Carmel School
  • Indian Community School, Amman Branch
  • Indian Community School, Senior Girls
  • Indian Community School, Junior Branch
  • Indian Community School, Khaitan Branch
  • Don Bosco School
  • Delhi Public School
  • United Indian School
  • Integrated School

Nursery Schools 

  • Al-Burooj
  • British International Nursery
  • British Playhouse
  • Bubbles Montessori Nursery
  • Cascade British Nursery School
  • Gulf Montessori Nursery
  • Happy Chappies Montessori
  • Kuwait Montessori Nursery
  • Learning Steps Montessori Nursery
  • Little Land Nursery
  • Marafie Nursery
  • Twinkle Star Nursery
  • Universal English Nursery