English private schools
In Cyprus, all schools, including free public ones, provide good education, including foreign languages, especially English. However, parents take into account the fact that the children are taught in Greek. That is why only those who decided to permanently stay connected with Cyprus and Greece, with the Greek language and culture, send their children to public Greek schools. Others send their children to private schools.
Cyprus offers excellent opportunities for high-quality education following the UK national school curriculum. In all major cities of Cyprus (Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos) there are English schools that provide a full cycle of primary and secondary education. The largest number of English schools are located in Limassol.
Perhaps the most famous English schools are the following:
- The English School (Nicosia)
- The Heritage Private School (Limassol)
- American Academy Larnaca (Larnaca, Nicosia)
- International School of Paphos (Paphos)
- Foley’s Shool (Limassol)
- Pascal English School (Limassol, Nicosia, Larnaca)
- Grammar School (Limassol)
The educational process lasts 13 years. Children enter school at the age of 5. Primary education lasts 6 years, secondary - another 7 years. Teens finish school at 18. Following 5 years of high school education, students take exams and receive a General Certificate of Secondary Education (General Certificate of Secondary Education - GCSE). The last two years of high school education are aimed at preparing for university. Upon graduation, students take the A-levels exam. The results obtained are the basis for admission to British universities.
It is also worth mentioning that kindergartens operate under English private schools. Children go there for three years, starting from the age of 2. The last year is preparatory for elementary school.
Private English schools are commercial. Education is relatively inexpensive. One year of studying in elementary grades costs about 3.5 thousand Euro, in the last grades - about 7 - 8 thousand Euro.
Many believe that in terms of primary and secondary English education, Cyprus is the best country in the Mediterranean.