Frequently Asked Questions
1 How can I apply for a place at the School for my child?
- You can apply online by using the "Student Application Form" link on the Home, Admissions or Contact Us pages
2 Is the school open?
- Yes, we have been open since November 2020
3 Where is the international school located?
- The School is in Kaouch, Cheraga
4 How much are the fees for the international school?
- The fees are paid in three equal instalments prior to the start of each term. For new students, the Term 1 fees must be paid in order to reserve a place. The details of the fees are available on this website in the "Admissions" menu
5 What is included in the fees?
- Lunch and text books are included in the fees.
- No, there is an independent bus company which parents can contact.
7 Does my child have to take any kind of entrance exam?
- Teaching is in English and so your child will be only be offered a place at the School if their level of English language is adequate. Your child will be required to take an assessment in English to ascertain their level.
8 Which curriculum will students follow at the School?
- The curriculum is based on the English National Curriculum which is tailored to our context of being a British international school in Algeria.
9 What exams will they take and qualifications will they get?
- The students will take IGCSEs at the end of Year 11. Typically, students take 7 IGCSEs. The final exams at the age of 18 years old are called A levels. Students sit for A levels in Year 13. Most students take 3 A levels.
10 Does the British School Algiers offer the International Baccalaureate?
- No. It offers IGCSEs and A levels.
11 Are Cambridge A levels equivalent to an International Baccalaureate?
- Yes, in terms of access to university, A levels are equivalent to the International Baccalaureate.
12 Are A levels recognised internationally?
- Yes, A levels are recognised worldwide.
13 Will the British IGCSEs and the British A levels be available in the summer of 2022?
- The British IGCSEs will be available in the summer of 2022 and the British A levels will be available in the summer of 2024.
14 Does the School cater for students in the primary, middle and secondary years?
- The British School Algiers is an "all through" school for children from 4 to 18 years old. However, in the academic year 2022-23, students will be admitted to a Reception class for 4 year olds and to Years 1 to 12. Please see the Comparison of UK & Algerian Year Groups table on the School Admissions page
15 Do you offer a dual curriculum?
- No, the school follows the UK curriculum. The language of teaching is English except for French and Spanish lessons. Arabic language and the Algerian Geography and History syllabuses are taught in Arabic.
16 What about when it comes to national exams in Algeria?
- Algerian children can take the BEM and the Algerian Baccalaureate by registering as an external student.
17 Is there a psychologist at the British School Algiers?
- The School does not have a psychologist. Parents can expect their children to enjoy attending the British School because of the way that they will be taught. However, if a child requires specialist support, we will seek specialist advice.
18 What arrangements do you have for when students do not understand a topic and they are falling behind?
- Our teachers use a range of strategies in their classes to ensure they are aware of students' levels of understanding. Questioning techniques employed during the lessons and assessment for learning strategies used at the end of every lesson will indicate immediately which students have grasped a topic/concept fully and those who have not. If some students have not understood the topic, the teacher will adapt their teaching for the coming lessons. In addition, where necessary, teachers will provide further assistance to those students.
19 Where do the students do sport?
- Sport is delivered by a sports specialist teacher using our hardcourt and our all-weather playing field which are both on the School site
20 What about Geography and History?
- All students study international Geography and History but these subjects are not compulsory from Year 10 onwards. Students can study international Geography and History at IGCSE and A level if they wish. Algerian students study Algerian History & Geography up to Year 10. As part of our ethos to promote international understanding, all students in the Senior school study Global Perspectives every year.