Qatar Academy – Doha (QAD) is one of the Middle East's premier educational institutions; a leading private, non-profit international school established as the first learning organization in Qatar Foundation’s landmark Education City.
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The schools featured below offer at least one of the IB's four programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-related Programme (CP). You can use the search filter below to look for schools that offer one programme in particular.
Qatar has 14 IB World Schools authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma, six of which are approved to offer the Middle Years Programme, with four, including Qatar Academy on the Education City campus, also offering the Primary Years.
The world’s second richest state in terms of GDP per capita, Qatar is host to a thriving international school sector serving expatriates, Qataris and Arabic-speaking students from across the region. The ruling Al Thani family has poured billions of dollars into education since the current Emir’s father launched a drive to set up the world’s first purpose-built regional education hub, Qatar Education City, on the outskirts of Doha in 1995.
International schools have blossomed in and around Doha following a raft of nationwide education reforms begun in 2001. They now account for about a quarter of all schools in the Emirate, where some 85 per cent of the population are expatriates. Most international schools are large, co-educational day schools that teach in English.
Qatar Academy, which has 1,800 students, blends the IB curriculum with a strong emphasis on Arabic, Islamic studies and Qatari culture and history, while the 2,100-student British School Doha has adopted the English national curriculum leading to IGCSEs, followed by the IB Diploma.
High demand for international education has prompted a steady stream of new school openings across the sector. Public schools, which are normally single-sex, are reserved for Qatari nationals.
As well as overseas universities, school-leavers can apply to branches of prestigious US and European institutions within Education City. These include the American universities Cornell and Carnegie Mellon, University College London and top French business school HEC Paris.
IB World Schools are part of a thriving international school sector in Qatar. For information on all Qatar international schools, you can visit: www.internationalschoolsearch.com