The Best Schools in Cairo
MCE – Malvern College Egypt
It is modern, safe, and has all the facilities you can imagine to make sure your children receive the best education in Egypt. The students at MCE constantly achieve some of the best exam results in the Middle East. In fact, they are an absolute delight to be around. They are critical thinking intellectuals that are always ready for a healthy debate. But the teachers have moulded them into more than just fine pupils. They have given them a highly developed sense of social awareness and community service. All this results in an extremely high satisfaction level among parents – 96% to be exact, and the highest among all schools in Egypt. In short, Malvern College Egypt is a shining example of what an international school should be like, and one that can rub shoulders with the world’s best.
Certificates: IGCSE, A Levels, IBDP, MCE and MCI Diplomas
MET – Metropolitan School
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
BISC – The British International School, Cairo
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)
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.
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