Life in PortugalChoosing the Best International Schools in Portugal

Sindy Smith11 months ago

We know that choosing the right school for your child can be a stressful and exhausting process.

Find out about international schools in Portugal and why this might be a better option for your child.

To make your decision easier, we have organised a list of the best international schools in Portugal.

Why choose an international school in Portugal?

In Portugal, families have access to high-quality public and private education systems.

There are two kinds of schools in Portugal: Portuguese private schools and international schools.

Private schools in Portugal

Private schools teach the regular Portuguese curriculum readying students to gain entry to university.

International schools in Portugal

International schools in Portugal educate to international standards using curriculums from the UK, France, Germany, the United States, or by following the International Baccalaureate (IB) for international standards. All schools offer degrees such as the IB or other internationally recognised programmes and these will get your child into the best international universities.

It is important, especially for expat families living in Portugal, to consider if the standard of education their children are receiving is going to be enough for their child to progress, should they return home or move to another country.

This is why enrolling students in an international school is often the best option for students moving from abroad.

Some families choose international schools in Portugal because they focus on children becoming curious and collaborative individuals. Other international schools also excel in subjects like science or music and arts.

For those intending to raise their children in a global setting, international schools are the best option.

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Best international schools in Lisbon

Lycée Français Charles Lepierre

Lycée Français Charles Lepierre (website is in French) is a French international school in Lisbon. It teaches students aged three to 18 years and offers them the chance to learn English and Portuguese.

Curriculum: French
Language taught in: French
Tuition: Є4,050 per year.
Address: Avenida Duarte Pacheco 32, Lisbon.

British School of Lisbon

The British School of Lisbon is a new international school based in Cais do Sodré. It is a preparatory school for children aged three to eight covering Nursery to Year Four. They are dedicated to inspire every child to pursue excellence and help them prepare for the world by instilling in them the love for learning in line with the British Educational Heritage. The British curriculum is recognised worldwide and regarded as one of the finest in the world.

Curriculum: English
Language taught in: English
Tuition: From Є10,200 per year.
Address: Rua de S. Paulo 89, Lisbon.

Deutsche Schule Lissabon

Founded in 1848, the Deutsche Schule Lissabon (website is in German and Portuguese) is a German international school catering to kindergarten, primary and secondary students. In addition to its main campus in Lisbon, there is also a campus in Estoril.

Curriculum: German
Language taught in: German
Tuition: Є6,380 per year.
Address: Rua Professor Francisco Lucas Pires 11, Lisbon.

Redbridge School

Redbridge School is an elementary school that inspires creativity, a love of learning and international mindedness through a challenging and playful multilingual environment The schools adopts pedagogical approaches including mixing of ages in the classroom, a multilingual environment, learning through enquiry, creative expression, digital literacy and community-based learning.

Curriculum: English, French and Portuguese
Language taught in: English
Tuition: Є5,300 per year.
Address: Rua Francisco Metrass 95, Lisbon.

Red Bridge School Lisbon Portugal

Astoria International School

Astoria International School is a private school offering a bilingual and trilingual education. They also have a nursery, day-care, kindergarten, junior education and they conduct weekend activities. The school aims to develop an innovative education for children from four months old onwards. With the school motto: Innovate, Create and Grow, they aim to train their students for success.

Curriculum: British and Portuguese
Language taught in: English and Portuguese
Tuition: Prices not available.
Address: Avenida Almirante Gago Coutinho 73, Lisbon.

Oeiras International School

Committed to promoting a respectful community of independent and lifelong learners, Oeiras International School has a special focus on the development of the sciences, technologies, engineering, the arts and mathematics. It teaches students aged 10 to 18 years, following the IB programme. Its core values being integrity, respect, commitment, growth and personal challenge.

Curriculum: International
Language taught in: English
Tuition: Є12,420 per year.
Address: Quinta da Nossa Senhora da Conceição, Rua Antero de Quental 7, Oeiras.

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Best international schools in Cascais and Sintra

International Preparatory School (IPS)

International Preparatory School, just north of Cascais, is a primary school for children aged three to 11 years, that has been around for over 25 years. The multi-national community of students and teachers at IPS helps create a learning environment which fosters a global understanding of each other and cultures around the world.

Curriculum: English National Curriculum
Language taught in: English
Tuition: Є2,100 to Є4,000 per term.
Address: Rua Lagoa 171, Alcabideche.

St. Julian’s School

Founded in 1932, St. Julian’s School is a private, co-educational school which has a strong record of academic achievement and extracurricular activities, teaching students from ages three to 15 years. The school aims to promote excellence, achieve academic and social balance and foster intellectual curiosity in its students.

Curriculum: English, British, and Portuguese
Language taught in: English and Portuguese
Tuition: Fees start at Є9, 648 per year.
Address: Quinta Nova, Av. Jorge v 374, Carcavelos.

St Julians School Portugal

International Christian School of Cascais

The International Christian School of Cascais exists to make Christ-like disciples who are developing their spiritual and character standards to positively impact their world for Christ. The school, in partnership with the International Christian Church of Cascais, has served the missionary community and other international families since 1982.

Curriculum: American and Christian
Language taught in: English
Tuition: Prices not available.
Address: Avenida de Sintra 1154, Cascais.

St. Dominic’s International School

St. Dominic’s International School is a highly respected and well-known international school. It is the only school authorised to offer all three programmes of the IB organisation. The school places a strong emphasis on the arts, capitalising on the varied artistic traditions of its international community. They also participate in sport and community service.

Curriculum: IB
Language taught in English
Tuition: Є14,110 per year
Address: Rua Maria Brown 311A, São Domingos de Rana.

Carlucci American International School Of Lisbon

The Carlucci American International School Of Lisbon challenges itself and its students to make positive contributions to the diverse and ever-changing world. Offers students spacious classrooms to support learning; a 450-seat theatre an art gallery to support arts students; and a gymnasium and sports fields for the athletic types. CAISL teaches students from pre-school to high school years.

Curriculum: American
Language taught in: English and Portuguese
Tuition: Є8,500 to Є18,076  per year
Address: Rua António dos Reis 95, Sintra.

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Best international schools in Porto

International College of Porto (CLIP)

Founded in 1990, the International College of Oporto (CLIP) offers its 1,000 plus students a curriculum designed to connect physical, personal and social development with discipline-based and interdisciplinary learning. CLIP believes that the future will be shaped by extraordinary individuals who will meet the challenges of the 21st century through versatile intellectual competence, curiosity, social fairness and commitment.

Curriculum: British
Language taught in: English and Portuguese
Tuition: not available
Address: Rua de Vila Nova 1071, Porto.

Colégio Luso-Francês

Colégio Luso-Francês (website in Portuguese) is a Catholic French teaching institution housed in a mansion from the early 20th century.

Curriculum: French
Language taught in: French
Tuition: not available
Address: Rua do Amial 442, Porto.

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Lycée Français International

Lycée Français International receives 1,050 students from preschool through to the 12th grade and works closely with the French government. The school has resided in the centre of Serralves Park since 1963.

Curriculum: French
Language taught in: French
Tuition: Є4,400 to Є 5,100 per year
Address: Rua Gil Eanes 21, Porto.

Lycee Francais International School Porto

Best international schools in the Algarve

Nobel International School Algarve

Nobel International School Algarve is the oldest private school in southern Portugal, offering a range of academic programmes for students aged three to 18 years. The school community includes students from over 30 different nationalities. This unique setting promotes common experience, camaraderie and trust between children and adults.

Curriculum: British and Portuguese
Language taught in: English and Portuguese
Tuition: Є4,000 to Є15,000 per year
Address: Barros Brancos, EN125, Lagoa.

Vale Verde International School

Vale Verde International School aims to provide quality secondary education of an international character based on sound values and high expectations in all fields. The school was established in 2002 and has achieved a 100% pass rate for all students in all subjects in the examinations each year.

Curriculum: International
Language taught in: English and Portuguese
Tuition: Є5,600 to Є10,400 per year
Address: Estrada de Burgau, Luz.

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Best international school in Madeira

International School of Madeira

The International School of Madeira is a primary school that prepares students to further education as young adults and aims to influence them to be curious learners. It offers students from the age of four, the chance to be immersed in the English language. Class sizes are small here with no more than 10 pupils per class to make sure teachers can attend to and foster each student individually.

Curriculum: International
Language taught in: English
Tuition: Є2,500 to Є3,300 per year
Address: Calçada do Pico 5, Funchal.

International School of Madeira Portugal

International schools in Portugal are of an excellent standard

While there are lots of international schools in Portugal, the education priorities chosen by you, as parents, comes first.

Whether you want your student learning the IB programme or a particular national programme such as British, French, American or German, there are plenty of opportunities in Portugal’s big cities for your child.

You should also account for your family’s lifestyle including tuition fees and location.

We hope this helps make your decision a little bit easier!

If you’re interested in the best universities in Portugal, take a look at Studying in Portugal.

Let us know if you have any experience with these international schools in Portugal by leaving a comment below.


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Sindy Smith

I'm a freelance copywriter and free-spirited traveller from Australia. I fell in love with Portugal when I arrived here and hope to share with you all the reasons why.

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