You’ll be moving to Jordan. If you have kids, on your Top-Five list of concerns is where they will go to school. How are the schools in Jordan? Does Amman have a program you find suitable for your children? Which schools have the best reputation? Where are they? How much do they cost? Chances are, if you are coming to Jordan on a contract, your employer will have a school ready to recommend. But, if they’re a smaller company, perhaps they don’t. Or perhaps you are coming on your own or you prefer to see for yourself what options are out there.
Amman has a decent number of well-respected international schools with programs entirely in English or, if you prefer, bilingual English-Arabic.
The one grade-school listed by the US State Department is the American Community School. The American Community School is a co-ed school that takes students from pre-school through 12th grade. It’s an independent school that uses an American program. They are accredited by Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges. They have some special needs support and an ESL program. The entire curriculum is in English, but Arabic is offered, along with French and Spanish, as foreign languages. They also offer AP courses and Arabic summer camp.
Another school with a good reputation is the Amman Baccalaureate School. It takes students from K through 12th grade and provides a counseling center for 11th & 12th graders to assist them in their University and occupational pursuits. It too is a co-educational school and is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) as well as being a member of the Round Square Conference of Schools. Amman Baccalaureate School participates in Model UN and also offers a long list of extra-curricular activities such as summer camps, habitat projects, sports, creativity, and service clubs.
If you would prefer a more immersive experience, the New English School is a bi-lingual school that takes students from K through 12th grade (an English-only stream is available if preferred). The overall curriculum is dictated by the Jordan Ministry of Education but also includes curriculum appropriate to meeting the requirements for Cambridge International Examinations as well as English and Welsh National curriculum. This school will prepare your child to take the Jordanian national exit exam, the Tawjihi. This is significant if he or she will remain in Jordan for university or for professional pursuits. The school is a member of the European Council for International Schools (ECIS) and the CIS and is accredited by both the Cambridge and London (EDEXCEL) examination boards. The New English School also participates in Model UN.
If you happen to be a fan of the philosophy of the Montessori schools, you’re in luck! The Modern Montessori School in Amman is co-ed and open to students from pre-school through 12th grade. Most of the curriculum is taught bilingually. If you are not familiar with the philosophy behind the Montessori school, it is described on their website.
Other schools include the following:
Ecole Francaise d’Amman
The International Academy
Cambridge High School