Most expats and Qataris send their children to international schools. There are many international schools to choose from offering UK, American, Canadian, Indian, and IB curricula. The language of instruction at most International Schools in Doha is English. Arabic and other language courses may also be offered.
To apply to an international school in Doha you may be asked to present:
Students may also be required to take a cognitive abilities test (online) and/or take part in assessments (online or in person). The ideal time to apply for schools is in January if you would like your child to enroll in September. However, wait lists for some schools can be up to 24 months.
You may be charged a deposit when enrolling your child in an international school in Doha, up to 10,000 QR. Tuition varies by school, from 5,000 QR annually at Doha College to 10,680 QR per term at the Doha English Speaking School.
Qatar Academy offers an Early Education Centre, Primary School and Secondary School for students ages 3 to 17. Qatar Academy offers IB and IGCSE curricula.
The Qatar Leadership Academy teaches boys ages 7 to 18 seeking university preparation in Qatar and the Gulf Region. It is one of the few boarding schools in the Arabian Gulf and Middle East region. It offers IB Diplomas and US recognized high school diplomas. Classes are taught in English but Arabic and Islam is taught to all students. The academic year begins in September. The Qatar Leadership Academy accepts international applicants.
Tuition fees: 48,150 QR for Years 7-10 for international students, and 53,000 QR for Years 11 and 12.
The Cambridge School
Phone: +974 4469 6590
The Cambridge School offers IGCSE curriculum to students from Kindergarten to Year 9.
Tuition: 12,000 – 32,000 QR per year, depending on child's Year. Transport, locker, registration, and assessment fees also applicable.
The Compass International School teaches children ages 3 to 16. CIS follows an IPC (International Primary Curriculum) and IMYC (International Middle Years Curriculum) curricula as well as an IGCSE curriculum.
The Doha British Montessori School follows a Montessori curriculum for children ages 3 to 18. This school offers the IGCSE curriculum, and IB Diplomas in the Sixth Form.
The International School of London offers IB curricula to 900 students ages 3 to 17. English is the language of instruction and English as an Additional Language support is provided.
Doha College teaches primary and secondary school for students ages 3 to 18 and is sponsored by the British Embassy. It has two campuses in Al Waab and West Bay.
The American School of Doha includes an elementary, middle and high school and teaches an American curriculum. Its facilities include a swimming pool, tennis court, basketball court, libraries, and a gymnasium.
The Gulf English School teaches a GES (UK) curriculum to children ages 3 to Year 13. It also offers IB Diplomas in Year 12.
The Qatar International School teaches children ages 2.5 to 7 the UK curriculum (IGCSE). Instruction is in English, and it is the largest British School in Qatar with over 1,600 students.
The Qatar Canadian School teaches a Canadian (province of Alberta) curriculum to students in Senior Kindergarten to Grade 11 (age 17).
The MES Indian School offers pre-primary to senior secondary classes.
Tuition: 230 to 485 QR per month, depending on Year.
The Newton International School has four campuses in Doha, teaching a UK curriculum and the Cambridge International Primary Programme (CIPP) to students in preschool to Year 6.
Tuition: 5,000 QR per term (preschool) to 7,590 per term (Year 1-Year 6).
The Park House English School follows a UK curriculum (IGCSE) for children ages 3 to Year 12.
The Ideal Indian School in Doha accepts children ages 3 to Year 12, following a UK curriculum and affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (Delhi).
The English Modern School offers CIPP and Cambridge IGCSE programs to students in Kindergarten to Year 12.
Tuition: 21,340 to 33,833 QR per year.
The Lycée Voltaire follows a French curriculum, and places a strong emphasis on teaching Arabic and Qatari culture. It offers trilingual instruction in French, English and Arabic. Admission priority is given to Qatari children.
The Cambridge International School for Girls in Doha follows the UK National curriculum for students from Kindergarten to Year 12.
Tuition: 12,000-40,000 QR annually. Transport, locker, registration and assessment fees may apply.
Doha Modern Indian School (DMIS) offers boarding and instruction to students in Kindergarten to Senior Secondary school. DMIS follows a CBSE curriculum.
The Doha English Speaking School follows a UK curriculum for children ages 3 to 10.
Tuition: 10,680 QR per term + 2,500 QR registration fee (one time) + 10,000 QR refundable deposit
Phone: +974 4455 1278
The American Academy teaches an American curriculum.
The Al-Maha English schools include Al Maha Mamoura Kindergarten, Al Maha Girls Primary and Secondary and Al Maha Boys Primary. Al-Maha English schools teach a UK British National curriculum alongside the National Arabic and Islamic Studies curriculum of Qatar. This school is registered as a British school in the UK and is affiliated with the Cambridge-University of London.
Al Jazeera Academy offers primary (ages 1-6), secondary girls (ages 7-13) and secondary boys (ages 7-13) schools as well as an Early Learning Centre (kindergarten). It follows an international curriculum, with IGCSE for secondary school and IB or Cambridge International Diplomas.
Al Khor includes a primary and secondary school and offers a UK curriculum.
To find more international schools in Qatar, consult Expat-Quotes' International Schools in Qatar.
The IB program is offered by a number of international schools in Doha, including Qatar Academy, Doha British School, International School of London, Qatar Academy, Qatar Leadership Academy, The American School of Doha, Al Jazeera Academy, and the Gulf English School. It is taught under the supervision of the International Baccalaureate Organization. All students study languages, social science, experimental science, mathematics and arts.
The IB is divided into three programmes covering the following age ranges:
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