International Schools in Kigali

International schools in Kigali offer a variety of curriculums. Cambridge IGCSE, Montessori, and International Baccalaureate are some of the options you may find in Kigali.

Attending an International school for my degree course gave me a global perspective and a strong foundation of cultural understanding by engaging in a multicultural environment.

Besides the fun, life-changing experiences, there are more long-lasting benefits: eye-opening years spent in classrooms with students and lecturers from different nationalities.

This list has international schools in Kigali that are globally accredited. It could be the beginning of your child’s unique educational experiences and a dream come true.

International School of Kigali, Rwanda (ISKR)

The International School of Kigali offers an American curriculum from Kindergarten to Grade 12. The school teaches the students the value of diversity and focuses on developing intrinsic learners with intercultural competencies. Their pride is creating an innovative learning culture to help students prepare for their uncertain but exciting future. 

  • Boarding or Day School: Day school
  • Total No. of pupils: 165
  • Website

Notable Campus Facilities: an elementary playground, and basketball court.


  • EC2 to KG Application Fee: $500 USD
  • G1 to G2 Application Fee: $1,000 USD
Grade LevelsAnnual Tuition Fees
EC2 + EC3$6,800 USD
EC4 + Kindergarten$12,700 USD
Elementary G1-G5$17,100 USD
Middle School G6-G8$18,200 USD
High School G9-G12$20,400 USD

Green Hills Academy (GHA)

Green Hills Academy offers a bilingual program of French and English from Nursery, Primary, Middle, and High School. It is also an SAT testing center open to students and the public. Students at GHA can also study German and Mandarin in Middle School.

  • Boarding or Day School: Boarding from Grade 6
  • Total No. of pupils: 1850+
  • Website

Notable Campus Facilities: State-of-the-art classes, ICT labs, Pool, gymnasium, boarding houses, and soccer facilities

Green Hills Academy Fees

  • Application For Admission Fee: 100,000 RwF
  • Registration Fee: 150,000 RwF
Grade LevelsAnnual Tuition Fees(Rwandans)Annual Tuition Fees (Foreigners)
Nursery Half-Day1,980,000 RwF2,220,000 RwF
Nursery Full Day3,030,000 RwF3,300,000 RwF
Grades 1 – 53,495,000 RwF3,795,000 RwF
Grades 6 – 83,945,000 RwF4,245,000 RwF
Grades 9 and 106,030,000 RwF6,480,000 RwF
Grades 11 and 126,420,000 RwF6,840,000 RwF
Full boarding3,000,000 RwF3,195,000 RwF
Weekday Boarding1,890,000 RwF2,070,000 RwF

Kigali International Community School (KICS)

Kigali International Community School is a Christian-based school. It is also non-denominational with over 31 nationalities. It has three sections which are PreKites, Primary, and Secondary school levels. The school is also an official national site for college examinations like ACT, SAT, PSAT, and AP.

  • Boarding or Day School: Day School
  • Total No. of pupils: 331
  • Website

Notable Campus Facilities: Music room, Sports field, Library, and Science Lab.

Kigali International Community School Fees

  • Application fee: $50
  • Enrollment fee: $1,500 per family
Grade LevelsAnnual Tuition Fees
Preschool$5,000 Half Day; $6,000 Full Day
Elementary Grades 1-5$15,400
Middle School Grades 6-8$16,400
High School Grades 9-12$18,400

Acorns International School (AIS)

Acorns International School has a curriculum of 13 years. It inspires and empowers students to become lifelong learners to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The school has the following sections, Early childhood program, Primary, and a continuation of lower primary to the secondary level while preparing for the IGCSE level.

  • Boarding or Day School: Day School
  • Total No. of pupils: UNDISCLOSED
  • Website

Notable Campus Facilities: Art & craft classes, Sports field, and science rooms

Acorns International School Fees

  • Registration: $175
  • Caution Fee (Refundable): $100
Education LevelTuition Fees per Term
KG 1 – KG 2$1,352
Primary 1 – 3$1,539
Primary 4 – 6$1,590
Secondary 7 – 8$1,890
Secondary 9 (IGCSE)$2,081

The Earth School |The International Montessori School in Rwanda

The Earth School has a Montessori curriculum using English and French languages that help students acquire life skills and foster independent learning by supporting natural development. The school provides individualized attention, thus limiting 12 children per age cohort. The age cohorts are 2-3 years old, 3-6 years old, 6-9 years old, and 9-12 years old.

  • Boarding or Day School: Day School
  • Total No. of pupils: 48
  • Website

Notable Campus Facilities: Art and music classes, sports field

The Earth School Fees

DescriptionAge 2Ages 3 & 4Age 5Age 6-12
Application$350 USD$350 USD$350 USD$350 USD
Annual Registration$500 USD$500 USD $500 USD$500 USD
Annual Tuition$6,600 USD$8,800 USD$11,000 USD$15, 400 USD
Total$7,450 USD$9,650 USD$11,850 USD$16, 250 USD

Saint Paul International School

Saint Paul International School is a private institution that has a combination of two programs; Cambridge and Rwandan National Curriculum. During the selection process, the school focuses on students who have a positive attitude to learning and a desire to do their best.

  • Boarding or Day School: Day School
  • Total No. of pupils: 900
  • Website

Notable Campus Facilities: Modern classrooms, equipped laboratory, and playgrounds

Saint Paul International School Fees

  • Registration fee: 10,000 Rwf
  • Restoration fee: 70,000 Rwf (Per term)
LevelsTuition fees per term
Nursery100,000 Rwf
Primary 130,000 Rwf
Secondary130,000 Rwf

Dove International Montessori School

Dove International Montessori School has 4 sections in its program which include, Toddlers, Preschool, Elementary, and Middle school. The school maintains a small number of children per teacher with a ratio of 1:12. The minimum number is to promote an individualized level for each child.

  • Boarding or Day School: Day School
  • Total No. of pupils: undisclosed
  • Website

Notable Campus Facilities: Creative Arts and Technology, & Robotics Hub, Science laboratory building, sports field

Dove International Montessori School Fees

  • New student non-refundable enrollment fee: Rwf 250,000
Academic GroupTuition fees per semester (2 semesters per year)
Toddlers -Full Day(Ages 2-3)Rwf 1,340,000
Toddlers (Half Day)12pm pick-upRwf 1,005,000
PreschoolPK1, PK 2 and KG (Ages 3-6)Rwf 1,765,000
ElementaryLower El, G1-3 (Ages 6-9)Upper El, G4-5(Ages 9 -11)Rwf 1,880,000
Middle SchoolGrade 6 -7(Ages 11-14)Rwf 1,995,000

Ecole Belge de Kigal

Ecole Belge de Kigali is a Belgian school conducting in the French language. English classes are compulsory for Primary and secondary levels, while Dutch courses are optional. The school is a non-profit association with expatriate teachers with a Belgian education and work experience background.

  • Boarding or Day School: Day School
  • Total No. of pupils: 500+
  • Website

Notable Campus Facilities: Sports field, music & art classes

Ecole Belge de Kigali Fees

  • Registration fee for a child in Kindergarten: 300 Euros (or 360 USD or 357, 965 RWF)
  • Registration fee for Primary and Secondary School level: 500 Euros (or 600 USD or 596,605 RWF)
Education LevelTuition fees per term 
Kindergarten1,278 Euro
Primary1,377 Euro
S1-S21,879 Euro
S3-S42,034 Euro
S5-S62,203 Euro

In addition, the school has a separate fee structure for parents whose employer partially or fully reimburses their children’s tuition fees.

Lead International School/ Little Bears Montessori

Lead International School has Tiny Tots, Nursery, Primary, and Secondary School sections. These sections focus on producing the most skilled and competitive job creators for both Rwandan and international communities residing in Rwanda. The school offers the option of attending school for up to 3 days a week

  • Location: Daycare & Kindergarten: KG 674 St. Kimihurura; PrimarySchool: Kinyinya, close to the bus park
  • Curriculum: Cambridge; Montessori
  • Ages: 1.5 – 13 years
  • Boarding or Day School: Day School
  • Total No. of pupils: undisclosed
  • Website

Notable Campus Facilities: Science lab, library, swimming pool, Basketball court, volleyball, and football pitch.

Lead International School Fees

  • Registration fee (Primary & Nursery): 30,000 RwF
  • Grade 7: 50,000 RwF
  • Cambridge books annual fee(Primary): 76,000 RwF
  • Cambridge books annual fee (Secondary): 138,000 RwF
Education LevelTuition fees per term
Nursery350,000 RwF
Primary400,000 RwF
Lower Secondary450,000 RwF

Path to Success International School (PTS)

Path to Success International School has a bilingual education in English and French for its students. The school also receives children with special needs. In addition, there is an e-learning option that supports homeschooling.

  • Boarding or Day School: Day School
  • Total No. of pupils: undisclosed
  • Website

Notable Campus Facilities: Sports field, Music/Art classes

Path to Success International School Fees

  • Registration fee: 100,000 RWF
Grade LevelTuition fees per term (inclusive meals at 60,000 RWF for creche to N3 and 70,000 RWF for Primary/ Secondary)
Nursery School: Toddlers(creche), N1, N2, and N3395,000 RWF
Primary School: G1-G6420,000 RWF
Middle School: G7-G8450,000 RWF

King David Academy

King David Academy is a boarding school that offers Cambridge curriculum to Secondary 1 & 2 IGCSE course and Advanced AS and A levels. The school offers many options to students, making them involved in designing their educational path.

  • Location: KK 9 Avenue, Kanombe
  • Curriculum: Cambridge 
  • Ages: 11-19 
  • Boarding or Day School: Boarding 
  • Total No. of pupils: 850
  • Website

Notable Campus Facilities: Science laboratories, music center, theater, and sports field.

King David Academy Fees

  • Registration fee: 50,000 RWF
Grade LevelTuition Fees
Grade 7 – Grade 10600,000 RWF
Grade 11 & 12650,000 RWF

White Dove Global Prep

White Dove Global Prep offers American program at middle and high school level. The school has a tiered school fee scale that would enable one to know how much they would pay until the final year of completion. White Dove has a global learning model that facilitates Grade 7 – 12 to travel worldwide for learning exchanges and international programs.

  • Location: KG 718, Gisozi
  • Curriculum: American: Rwandan National Program
  • Ages: 5 -19
  • Boarding or Day School: Day School
  • Total No. of pupils: Undisclosed
  • Website

Notable Campus Facilities: Sports Training Center

White Dove Global Prep Fees

  • Registration yearly fee: 250,000 RWF
East African Scholar550,000 RWF
Foreigner Scholar650,000 RWF

Wellspring Academy

Wellspring Academy is a Christian English school. The school provides global exposure and increased education connections to students. The languages taught are English and French.

  • Boarding or Day School: Day School
  • Total No. of pupils: 600+
  • Website

Notable Campus Facilities: Library, Sports field with a basketball court and football pitch

Wellspring Academy Fees

  • Registration GK 1 – KG3: G1-G6 50,000RWF
  • Registration G7 – G12: 100,000 RWF
Grade levelAnnual Tuition fees (RWF)
GK1 – KG3, G1 – G21,189,000
G3 – G41,367,000
G5 – G61,373,000
G7 – G81,694,000
G9-10 HumanitiesG9 – 10Sciences1,949,0001,983,000
G11 – G12 Humanities2,161,000
G11 – G12 Sciences2,127,000

Riviera High School

Riviera High School has a multilingual and interracial community of individuals who impact students positively in their learning journey. The school is known to have had top-performing students in the previous academic years.

  • Location: Kabuga
  • Curriculum: Cambridge
  • Ages: 12 – 17 years
  • Boarding or Day School: Boarding School
  • Total No. of pupils: 600
  • Website

Notable Campus Facilities: Science laboratories, spacious library, IT resource center, playing field, and swimming pool.

Riviera High School Fees

  • Registration fee: 100,000 RWF
ClassTuition and Full Boarding Fees per term
Years 8 & 9920,000 RWF
Years 10 & 11980,000 RWF
Years 12 & 131,250,000 RWF

Happy Hearts

Happy Hearts is a bilingual school that teaches children French and English. In addition, the Kinyarwanda language through songs. The teacher-to-child ratio is 1:15 with two teacher’s assistants. The learning focuses on helping students love learning at their own pace, concentration, and self-discipline.

  • Boarding or Day School: Daycare
  • Total No. of pupils: UNDISCLOSED
  • Website

Notable Campus Facilities: Playing field with small basketball area, swings, sandpit, and an educational garden.

Happy Hearts Fees

  • Registration fee: 150,000 RWF
Grade LevelTuition fee per term/year
DayCare (1-3 years)Preschool (3-6 years)Please contact Happy Hearts directly. Contact details: info@happyhearts.rw0781508558

Discovery International School

  • Location: KG 14 Avenue
  • Curriculum: Cambridge
  • Ages: 1year – 11 years
  • Boarding or Day School: Dayschool
  • Total No. of pupils: UNDISCLOSED
  • Website

Discovery school is a bilingual school that teaches children French and English. The school has a Primary and Nursery Online learning program. The curriculum focuses on strengthening the bond of teachers and parents with the students to help develop their personal, social, emotional, and academic learning. 

  • Location: KG 14 Avenue
  • Curriculum: Cambridge
  • Ages: 1year – 11 years
  • Boarding or Day School: Dayschool
  • Total No. of pupils: UNDISCLOSED
  • Website

Notable Campus Facilities: Playing field

Discovery International School Fees

  • Registration fee: 150,000 RWF
Grade LevelTuition fee per term/year
DayCare (1-3 years)Primary (3-11 years)Please contact Happy Hearts directly. Contact details: admin@discovery.org0781111002

Final Thoughts

It is highly recommended to contact the international school of your choice in Kigali to confirm all the fees inquiries that are exclusive to the tuition fee structure like transportation, insurance, etc.

In addition, International schools in Kigali have different policies when admitting a new student. Some use age, gender, academic ability, and previous school curriculum.

Lastly, having a cheerful and ready-to-learn attitude will be a huge boost to making it on the waiting list. Happy School Hunting!

Frequently Asked Questions About International Schools in Kigali

What is ISKR?

ISKR is the short form of the International School of Kigali, Rwanda.

How many secondary schools are there in Rwanda?

Rwanda has 1,728 secondary schools, according to statistics taken in 2018.

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  1. Hi Joan,

    Is the above ordered according to the performance(ranking according to students success in exams) or it was done randomly?
    Let me know so that i can know how to do my choices

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      Hi Christelle,
      The list was made through random sampling, where all had exciting attributes that you could look out for.
      I wish you the best as you search for the school that fits your needs.

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