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With a diverse expat community, there are many international schools in Oman. Expats will find that most of these are based in the capital, Muscat, and follow the British, American or International Baccalaureate curriculum, along with the Omani national curriculum.
International schools are a great way for expat children to settle into their new home with a familiar education system, and many of these schools offer bilingual learning opportunities. A high price tag comes with these schools, though, so parents must budget wisely.
While these schools often come with a high price tag, international schools offer a wide range of extracurricular activities, often in excellent and well maintained facilities. Parents moving to Oman are encouraged to consider the proximity of home to their workplaces and children's schools to avoid long commutes,
Below is a list of recommended international schools in Oman.
International schools in Muscat
ABA Oman International School
Established in 1987, ABA Oman International School is a not-for-profit IB school that prides itself on encouraging international mindedness. The school's student population is represented by more than 70 nationalities, and there are over four languages taught. ABA Oman International School provides an academically rigorous environment where the whole child is developed.
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Ages: 3 to 18
The American International School of Muscat
The American International School of Muscat (TAISM) is a centre for academic excellence in Oman. With more than 20 years of experience educating global citizens, TAISM develops responsible and ethical lifelong learners who thrive in international environments. The school boasts purpose-built facilities on spacious land where children can partake in sports, music, performing arts and IT and Robotics, among others.
Curriculum: American (including AP)
Ages: 3 to 18
British School Muscat
The British School Muscat is one of the top international schools in Oman, offering 10 futuristic art science labs, a sports centre with three pools and a 500-seater theatre. British School Muscat offers an academically challenging curriculum and emphasises creativity, independent thought and curiosity to ensure they develop lifelong learners who graduate from the world's best universities.
Curriculum: British (English National Curriculum, Cambridge GCSE and A-Levels)
Ages: 3 to 18
Muscat International School
Boasting 33 years of excellence and representing 54 nationalities, Muscat International School offers bilingual education, with Omani traditions at the core of teaching and learning at the school. Muscat International School believes in holistic development and fosters children's curiosity and independence. The school is also home to a Special Education and Support Services (SEASS) department to effectively assist students with special educational needs.
Curriculum: Oman GED and British (English National Curriculum, Cambridge IGCSE and A-Levels)
Ages: 3 to 18
"What do expats say about schools in Oman?
"The schools are overpriced and the choice of school is very little. Popular schools are Indian groups of schools, Omani schools and British schools. It highly depends on the system that suits your children." Learn more about moving to Oman with children in our interview with Kenyan expat Caroline.
►Learn more about the Sultanate's education system in Education and Schools in Oman
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