Listed below are six of the schools most commonly used by expats living in Kathmandu. Which one you decide to choose will depend on the age of your child, which country you come from, and your budget.
The obvious choice for those following, or proposing to follow a North American college-preparatory curriculum is the Lincoln School, while those who are following or proposing to follow the English national curriculum may well choose The British School. Both these schools are in the more expensive price bracket.
For those whose children are neither American or British or who are perhaps younger (and thus not locked into an existing curriculum), the French School could be an interesting alternative. Here children learn in both English and French and it is somewhat less expensive than those mentioned above.
Another popular school which caters to both the American and British accreditations is KISC. Established by two Christian organizations, there is an emphasis on its mission of providing excellent education, based on biblical values. This school is popular among the Christian mission community. Of course, there are other noteworthy schools in the Kathmandu Valley – Ullens and Ruby’s being just two of them. So the best thing to do would be to talk to other expat families and visit the schools to see which would be the best fit for your children.
As a final note, the majority of parents send their college-aged children back to their home country for college and/ or university as the colleges in Nepal are of a lower standard than those overseas.
KISC is a K-13 international school in Nepal with both Middle States Association (MSA, American) and Cambridge International Examinations (British) accreditations. Established by United Mission to Nepal (UMN) and International Nepal Fellowship (INF) in 1987, KISC has become a reputed international Christian school in Nepal.
P.O. Box 2714
Tel: +977 1 553 8720
The British School
Establish in 1966, the school follows the English National Curriculum through EYFS to Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 leading to Cambridge IGCSE and A Levels at Key Stage 4 & 5. Primary classes follow the National Curriculum for English and math alongside the International Primary Curriculum. The school is a member of the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA) and the Confederation of British International Schools (COBIS).
The Lincoln School
Established in 1954, Lincoln School is an independent, co-educational day school, providing a North American college-preparatory curriculum for students pre-kindergarten to grade 12. The Lincoln community is fully international, with students and faculty from over thirty countries.
Rabi Bhawan, Kathmandu
Ullens School delivers its curriculum and philosophy based on Bank Street’s Developmental Interactive Approach. English is the medium of instruction. Ullens School is the first IB World School in Nepal.
GPO Box 8975
Rupy’s International School
An English medium international primary and middle school, preparing students for the CBSE Examinations from Level 8 onwards.
Baphal, Tahachal, Kathmandu
Tel: +977-1-4282907/ +977-1-4270540
French International School of Kathmandu
French International School of Kathmandu/ Ecole Francaise Internationale de Katmandou. Bilingual in French and English.
PO Box 452