Education and Schools in Algeria
The Algerian education system is based on the French model. It is unlikely expats will send their children to a local Algerian school unless they're of Algerian or Arabic heritage or at least proficient in Arabic or French. English is only taught from middle school onwards.
Expats living in Algeria’s main cities have a handful of international schools to choose from. For security and practical reasons, expats working in the oilfields or beyond Algiers or Oran are unlikely to have their families with them.
International schools in Algeria
There are a few international schools in Algiers, with the fairly new English-medium American International School and the French-medium, Lycée International Alexandre Dumas, being the most prominent. There is also a French school in Oran. There are also a number of private schools in Algeria that offer the International Baccalaureate programme.
As is the case globally, international schools in Algeria are expensive and places may be limited. Expats should plan well ahead, and if moving as part of an international relocation, should negotiate school fees as part of their contract.
American International School
Ages: 5 to 12
Lycée International Alexandre Dumas
Ages: 3 to 18