International & Private Schools in Cyprus: a Guide for 2019 Admissions

Full-time education is of course mandatory for all children in Cyprus between the ages of 5 and 15. Education in the Republic of Cyprus is managed by the Ministry of Education & Culture.

The system of public and accredited independent school run concurrently with each other. So parents on the island may choose between these two systems to educate their children with peace of mind that a high standard of teacher training is typical across the board.

State schools are widely available and include higher education, which are funded using taxes however university and private school fees are independently funded and cannot be covered by the state.

We have gathered a list of the most popular schools in each of the 6 districts or municipalities in Cyprus. Recently relocated or thinking of moving in future? There are international and English speaking schools in each major town or city.

Of course Nicosia, the Capital has a high concentration of renowned schools. With the island being so small there is also the option to arrange daily travel for students from neighbouring towns usually arranged by the school individually for an extra fee. There are coaches and school buses that take 50 minutes from Limassol to Nicosia, and 30 minutes from Limassol to Paphos. Read more about commuting in Cyprus.

See below for a sample of the best private schools in each district:

American Academy Larnaca

Location: Larnaca

Established: 1908

Language: English

Type: Pre-school, Primary & Secondary

Age Range: 3 – 18 +

Principle: Ms Margarita Constantinou

Student/Teacher Ratio: 11:1

Students: 1,165


Junior School: €4,380 to €4,870

Senior School:€6,000 to €6,750

Registration: €75

King Richard School, Cyprus

Location: Dhekelia, Famagusta District.

Established: 1958

Language: English

Type: Ministry of Defense School

Age Range: 11 to 18

Principle: Mr Richard Sproson BA (Hons), PGCE NASENCO

Student/Teacher Ratio: 8:1

The Heritage Private School

Location: Palodia, Limassol District

Established: 1987

Language: English

Type: Early Years, Primary & Secondary

Age Range: 2½– 18 years

Principle: Mr Gary Butcher

Student/Teacher Ratio: 13:1

Students: 1,200

Fees: EUR €4,100 – EUR €9,200

The English School of Nicosia

Location: Nicosia

Established: 1900

Language: English, Greek, Turkish

Type: Selective Secondary School

Age Range: 11 – 19

Principle: Mr David Lambon

Student/Teacher Ratio: 9:1

Fees: EUR €7,500*

* Please note that during 2019, fees may be subject to a small adjustment, to be announced shortly.

American International School in Cyprus

Location: Nicosia

Established: 1987

Language: English

Type: Preschool, Primary and Secondary

Age Range: 3 to 18

Principle: Dr Michelle Kleiss

Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1

Students: 800


Primary: EUR €8,430;

Middle School: EUR €9,233;

High School: Years 9-10 EUR €11,120; EUR Years 11-12 €13,300

Registration: EUR €500

The International School Of Paphos

Location: Mesa Chorio, Paphos

Established: 1987

Language: English, Greek.

Type: Preschool, Primary, Secondary.

Age Range: 2½ to 18

Principle: Dr L Olympiou

Student/Teacher Ratio: 10:1

Students: 770

Tuition fees

Primary: EUR €3,700

Secondary: EUR €6,000

French-Cypriot School

Location: Nicosia

Established: 2012

Language: French, Greek.

Type: Preschool, Primary & Secondary

Age Range: 2 – 18

Principle: Ms Jean Marie Yhuel

Students: 260

Student/Teacher Ratio: 12:1

Tuition Fees:

Primary school: EUR €4,640

Secondary school: EUR €4,950

Falcon School Cyprus

Location: Nicosia

Established: 1976

Language: English

Type: Preschool, Primary & Secondary

Age Range: 4 – 16+

Principle: Mr Anthony Balkwill

Student/Teacher Ratio: 8:1

Tuition Fees: EUR €4,000- €7,500

Xenion High School

Location: Paralimni, Episkopi

Founded: 2000

Language: Greek & English.

Type: Junior & Highschool.

Age Range: 4 – 18


Junior School: Xenia Phylactou Monoyiou;

High School: Katelitsa Zouvani Phylactou

Student/Teacher Ratio: 9:1


Junior School: 200

High School: 450

Tuition fees

High School: EUR €5,800 to €6,500.

Junior School:EUR €4,300 – €4,800

Which school is best for your child? Each international school listed has its merits and fine print, we recommend you visit each institution to make an informed decision. Read more on the official school Rankings in Cyprus here. 

Read more about pre-school education in Cyprus.

Read more about the higher-education systems in Cyprus.


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