Education and Schools in Algeria
Expats will have to think carefully about their children's education options in Algeria. 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.
Public schools in Algeria
The Algerian government has been committed to improving the public education system. The Algerian education system is based on the French model. There are nine years of primary and three years of secondary education. Schooling is compulsory for children between the ages of six and 15 in Algeria. However, enrollment can be low after primary school.
The language of instruction in public schools is Arabic with French as the first additional language. Schools also may not function on the level that most expats would expect. For these reasons, it’s rare for expat children to attend public school in Algeria.
International schools in Algeria
There are a few international schools in Algeria. The majority of these schools can be found in the capital, Algiers. There are schools following the American or British curricula with English speaking programs. Others follow the French or Arabic education systems. If possible, expats will probably want to choose a school that follows their home country's curriculum to ease their children’s transition into life in Algeria. 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. However, the standard of education tends to be good. Expats should plan well ahead, and if moving as part of an international relocation, should negotiate school fees as part of their contract.