Overall a wonderful environment with strong, enthusiastic staff who are truly enthusiastic about the school, the students and their jobs. The atmosphere is welcoming, relaxed and the administration is justifiably proud of their recent multiple success in being re-accredited by two international education organizations. The curriculum is American, so graduates generally head off to universities in the USA and Canada, with a smattering of grads heading to France, Switzerland and Germany.
With good leadership as of this writing, and with a strong parent association and board, the school is a fine choice for any ex-pats who find themselves dropped into the deserts of Sudan. Fittingly, the campus is a green oasis – a place to escape the sandy and dusty streets of the city.
Khartoum International Community School (KICS)
A strong new kid on the block, KICS has a more impressive campus with more space, posh facilities and strong teaching staff. This school is a terrific one to choose if you are looking for the IB curriculum, and have the deeper pockets necessary for the (extremely) high tuition. The school boasts state-of-the-art libraries and IT services, a lovely college-type campus and a diverse student body. Some expats feel that the school may be catering to the elite of Sudan, but this is a complaint heard from all top international schools that come with the pricey entrance fees.
Unity High School
As the oldest established English language school in Khartoum, Unity has a fascinating history. The school follows the British curriculum and offers the GCSE exams. Unfortunately, it is currently overcrowded with more than 700 students in small downtown classrooms, and the financial difficulties are apparent on the campus. That said, the students are proud of their school, achieve good results and have a strong record of acceptance to universities in the UK. While the school does cater to ex-pat students (mainly from Arabic speaking countries as well as Philippines, Malaysia, and China), it seems that it is more geared to the Sudanese business elite. At the time of our visit, there were no British or American students enrolled.
Nile Valley Academy
The NVA is a small school owned and operated by an American company, and established to educate local Sudanese children. The school offers daily Arabic lessons. If you are interested in enrolling your children in a school that easily meshes native English teachers with an American curriculum and incorporates a more Sudanese experience, then this might be the place for you.
There is the small (40 or so students) Ecole Francais, which does follow the French curriculum but is not considered by most Anglophone expats in Khartoum.