Read about the curricula, exams and tests commonly encountered at international schools, including the UK and US systems, International Baccalaureate and International Primary Curriculum.
Search for the best international schools in Lebanon; you can find a list of selected schools at the bottom of this page. Use the search filters to select only girls' or boys' schools, prep schools, senior schools or sixth forms; or you can search for schools that offer a particular curriculum, such as the International Baccalaureate, the UK national curriculum, a US-style model or the International Primary Curriculum.
Schools offering the curriculums of France, Britain, the United States and the International Baccalaureate organisation predominate in Lebanon’s large and vibrant international education sector.
Bilingual schools, religious foundations, and home-grown education groups also play a prominent role in the market, with all private schools required to offer the Lebanese Baccalaureate alongside international qualifications.
More than 20 French-medium schools follow the national curriculum of France, including the oldest French school in the Middle East, College St Joseph, which dates back to 1834 and boasts a 98 per cent pass rate in both the French and Lebanese Baccalaureate exams.
Lebanon has 17 IB World Schools, of which nine are English-medium, one is French-medium, six offer bilingual education in English and Arabic, and one in English and French. A total of 13 schools offer the IB Diploma and one, Wellspring Learning Community, follows all three IB programmes.
The International School of Choueifat, which was founded in 1886, is mother school to the SABIS group, which operates non-selective international schools across the Middle East, Europe and North America, including three others in Lebanon. Three Learner’s World International Schools are run by a Lebanese company.
Girls’ boarding school Greenfield College offers French, American and Lebanese matriculation exams as well as the IB Diploma. Accrediting bodies active in the country include the Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Education is compulsory from age six to 14, but UNESCO does not hold school enrolment statistics for Lebanon. Challenges that face the public school system include accommodating nearly 400,000 Syrian refugee children in the country, around a third of whom are estimated to be in school. The United Nations Relief and Works Association runs 65 schools for 36,960 Palestinian refugee children, who are not entitled to attend public schools in Lebanon.