How to choose a school in Sharjah

Sharjah is well-known as the cultural capital of the Gulf, and its University City cluster is perhaps the region’s largest education hub. With institutes such as the University of Sharjah and American University of Sharjah regularly ranking as being among the top higher education sites in the Arab world, the Emirate is already providing young people throughout the region with a clear and much-needed route into local workforces. 

When it comes to primary and secondary schools, there’s a wealth of options to choose from. Luckily, the UAE’s Ministry of Education has you covered. On the Ministry’s webpage, you’ll find a Google Maps tool that shows the location of every public and private school in every Emirate – including Sharjah. In addition, the tool also shows each school’s curriculum, whether it’s public or private, and how many students and teachers are registered at the school for the current academic year.

There are a number of different criteria that you’ll want to consider when choosing a school for your child in Sharjah, and by and large these are the same as elsewhere. Among the most important of these will be curriculum, price, location, fees, availability, management and teaching ability, track record, admission requirements, facilities and extra-curricular activities. You’ll need to do plenty of homework on each school before you apply to make sure it fits the bill for your child.

As a starting point, we’ve selected a few options below that you may wish to consider:

Australian International School

Located in University City, this private school offers the Australian High School Diploma and IB.

International School of Choueifat

Based on University City Road, this branch of the ISC group of schools operates a curriculum specifically designed by SABIS.

GEMS Westminster School Sharjah

This private school offers the British curriculum and is based in Al Mowaileh.

India International School

Also located in Al Mowaileh, the school offers Indian and Montessori curriculums.

Sharjah English School

This University City School has more than 600 students and offers the British curriculum.

The Rosary School

Founded in 1976, The Rosary School now has more than 2,000 students and follows the British curriculum.

Wesgreen International School

Operated by GEMS, Wesgreen was founded in 1991 and follows the British curriculum.