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Introduction

1919 marked the beginning of the modern public school system in Bahrain when Al-Hidaya Al-Khalifa School for Boys was opened in Muharraq. In 1926, the Education Committee opened the second public school for boys in Manama and in 1928 the first public school for girls was opened in Muharraq.

Education in Bahrain is compulsory, and all school age children attend either public or private schools. Children with disabilities attend special institutions. The Ministry of Education in Bahrain provides free education for all Bahraini and non-Bahraini students in public schools. Additionally, the Ministry of Education provides textbooks in every subject for all students in public schools free of charge at the beginning of each academic year.

Education in public schools is segregated: there are separated schools for boys and girls with teaching and administrative staff of the same gender. However, in some instances there are boys' public primary schools where the teaching and administrative staffs are mixed. A choice of coeducation or segregation is available in private schools, while state universities are all coeducational.

In 2004 His Majesty King Hamad introduced a project that uses information and communication technology (ICT) to support basic and secondary education in Bahrain. This project is named the King Hamad Schools of the Future. The objective of this project is to link all schools within the kingdom via the Internet and introduce the concept of electronic education.

In addition to British intermediate schools, the island is served by the Bahrain School, a United States Department of Defence school that provides a K-12 curriculum including the International Baccalaureate.

Private schools also exist that offer either the IB Diploma Programme or UK A-Levels. In 2007, St Christopher's School will become the first school in Bahrain to offer a choice of IB or A-Levels for students. Numerous international educational institutions and schools have established links to Bahrain.

Bahrain encourages institutions of higher learning, drawing on expatriate talent and the increasing pool of Bahraini nationals returning from abroad with advanced degrees. The University of Bahrain has been established for standard undergraduate and graduate study, and the College of Health Sciences, operating under the direction of the Ministry of Health , trains nurses, pharmacists, and paramedics. Both the Arabian Gulf University and Bahrain Medical University graduates physicians.

The national action charter, passed in 2001, paved the way for the formation of private universities. Over 13 private universities currently operate in Bahrain.

Asian institutes have also been established to provide good quality education to Asian students. These include the Pakistan Urdu School and the Indian School, which provide for the needs of children whose families hail for the Indian Subcontinent and are resident in Bahrain.

Basic Learning

Basic education is divided into two levels as follows:

 

1) Primary Level

This level represents the first rungs of the formal educational ladder. It covers the 6-11 years old age group, and lasts for six years. This level is divided into two cycles: the first cycle combines the first three grades of primary education. The class-teacher system is applied in all schools of this cycle. Under this system one teacher teaches all subjects with the exception of English Language, Design and Technology, Music and Physical Education.

The second cycle combines the upper three grades. A subject-teacher system is applied in this cycle with a specialised teacher teaching each subject.

 

2) Intermediate Level

This is the third cycle of basic education, covers students of 12-14 years old, and lasts for three years. The student is admitted to this level upon completion of the sixth grade of primary education. A subject-teacher system is applied at this level with educationally qualified teachers teaching each subject.

 

3) Secondary Education

This level is considered as a continuous to the basic education and a new phase for the student as it prepares him/her for higher education or labour market. It lasts for three years divided into six semesters of three levels. Entry is conditional on obtaining the Intermediate School certificate or its equivalent.
The credit-hours system is applied in this level that provide broad choices of subjects and courses. It permits students to tailor programs that suit their future goals.

Under this system, the student is free to choose to study in one of the following categories: 
Science and Mathematics, Languages and Human Sciences, Business, Industry or Professional Education. The study plan, at the Secondary level - the unification of tracks system – relies on the total credit hours required to obtain the Secondary School Certificate.

Private Schools

School
Area
P.O. Box
Telephone
Fax No.

A'alia School

Sitra Hamreya

37304

17730960

17737227

AMA School of Basic Education

Janoosan

-

17593858

17590835

Abdulrahman Kanoo International School

Salmabad

2512

17875055

17877000

Al Amal Special Education Institute

Isa Town

32666

17680815

17689639

Al Falah Private Schools - Muharraq (Boys)

Muharraq

24955

17336627

17332029

Al Falah Private Schools - Muharraq (Girls)

Muharraq

24955

17323699

17332029

Al Falah Private Schools - Riffa (Boys)

East Riffa

24955

17763670

17772967

Al Falah Private Schools - Riffa (Girls)

East Riffa

24955

17777822

17772859

Al Hekma International School

Sanad

26489

17620820

17624800

Al Iman School - Boys

Isa Town

29292

17681818

17680808

Al Iman School - Girls

Isa Town

29292

17684848

17781083

Al Mahd Day Boarding School

Saar

30331

17792422

17792606

Al Majd School

Zinj

-

17272715

17272710

Al Manar Private Schools

Salmabad

-

17786767

17789105

Al Naseem International school

West Riffa

28503

17689684

17687166

Al Noor International School

Sitra

85

17736773

17735650

Al Raja School

Manama

1

17254414

17273073

Al Rawabi School

Jiblat Hebshi

18575

17595252

17592033

Al Wesam School

Janabiya

-

17699595

17699883

Ali Bin Ebrahim Abdula'al School

Tubli

-

17783432

17785354

Arabian Gulf Pearl School

Belad Al Qadeem

20304

17403666

17404074

Bahrain Bayan Model School

Isa Town

32411

17682227

17780019

Bahrain International School

Juffair

934

17727828

17725714

Bangladesh School

Manama

20305

17257745

17275782

Bawabat Al Ma'ali Private School

A'ali

609

17644336

17645551

British School

Hamala

-

17613330

17613330

British School

Manama

15775

17710878

17710875

Creativity Private School

Salmaniya

-

17243855

17243844

Delmon School

Manama

26425

17713483

17713484

French School

Busaiteen

24447

17323770

17336492

Habara School

Zinj

26516

17271737

17251812

Hawar International School

East Riffa

38338

17770040

17774020

Ibn Al Haytham Islamic School

Janoosan

11980

17591449

17595699

Ibn Al Haytham Islamic School

Manama

11980

17271694

17256546

Ibn Khuldoon National School

Isa Town

20511

17780661

17698028

Indian School - Isa Town

Isa Town

558

17684166

17682120

Indian School - Sitra

Sitra-Village

558

17732120

17732337

Japanese School

Saar

30084

17791550

17791660

Middle East Schools

Salhiya

1328

17241138

17234054

Modern Education School

Barbar

30908

17695855

17694057

Modern Knowledge School

Juffair

15826

17727712

17827449

Nadeen School

Um Al Hassam

26367

17728886

17728886

New Generation International School

Juffair

-

17235000

17135000

New Millennium School

Manama

26271

17272700

17275151

Pakistan School - Isa Town

Isa Town

5952

17682304

17682320

Pakistan School - Manama

Manama

5952

17275731

17682320

Pakistan Urdu School - Isa Town

Isa Town

3170

17687922

17685524

Pakistan Urdu School - Manama

Manama

3170

17252310

17685524

Palms Primary School

West Riffa

-

17666637

17664544

Philippine School

A'ali

10417

17645451

17644101

Quality Education School

Salhiya

21566

17277984

17231429

Sacred Heart School - Isa Town

Isa Town

388

17684367

17680252

Sacred Heart School - Manama

Manama

388

17233441

17680252

Sanabil School

Janabiya

10079

17693941

17791378

Shaikha Hessa Girls' School

West Riffa

37799

17756111

17750700

St. Christopher's School - Awali

Awali

32052

17750755

17756956

St. Christopher's School - Budaiya

Barbar

32052

17691837

17694211

St. Christopher's School - Isa Town

Isa Town

32052

17788108

17788110

St. Christopher's School - Maqaba

Maqaba

32052

17598600

17598604

Talents International & The Infant School - East Riffa

East Riffa

26625

17770078

17770073

Talents International & The Infant School - Manama

Burhama -Kanoo Gardens

26625

17252346

17263362

The Asian School - Branch 1

Um Al Hassam

1143

17722886

17720207

The Asian School - Branch 2

Juffair

1143

17728857

17720207

The International School of Choueifat - Bahrain

Amwaj Islands

-

16033333

16033330

The New Horizon School

Suqaiya

-

17262139

17259512

The New Indian School

East Riffa

33131

17622350

17622351


Page Last Updated: 31 Jul, 2018