Education in Mauritius
The education system in Mauritius is based on the British system as the island is a former British colony. The system is generally split up into pre-primary, primary, secondary and tertiary. The teaching of English and French is compulsory in all schools.
Children enter primary school at age 5 and study for 6 years towards their certificate of primary education. After completing 4 more years, students write their O-Levels in at least 6 subjects. College-bound students continue for 2 more years in preparation for the A-Level examinations administered by the University of Cambridge.
International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Mauritius. International schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, allowing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam.
In these establishments there is usually a mix of both the local population and international students. Schools may follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, France, etc. Primary instruction may be delivered in any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English or French, depending on the school. Schools also provide internationally accepted accreditation such as the international baccalaureate.
Admission and enrolment procedures vary from school to school. Space is often limited and preference may be given to students based on nationality. The fees tend to be expensive based on local standards, but these establishments offer high standards of learning, boast smaller class sizes, first-rate facilities, and plenty of extracurricular activities. Boarding facilities are available at some schools, but most only provide day classes.
Accreditation & Membership
Council of International Schools (CoIS) is a non-profit association of international schools and post-secondary institutions which provides educational accreditation, teacher and leadership recruitment services, links to higher education, governance assistance and help with founding new schools.
Below is a list of international and bilingual (English & French) schools for expats in Mauritius. The list includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools for you to find the right school to prepare for the International Baccalaureate and other accreditation in Mauritius.
Schools usually follow an English or French-language curriculum with French/English bilingialism encouraged and welcomes both local and foreign learners.
Greencoast International Secondary School
Address: Bois Rouge, Pamplemousses, Beau Plan, Mauritius
Tel: + 230 260 0630/1
Greencoast a private English-medium school, Greencoast International Schools commits to provide a challenging, engaging and internationally-minded education in world-class facilities, to guide our students in becoming active citizens in a fast changing world.
International Preparatory School (IPS)
Address: Labourdonnais, Mapou, Mauritius
Tel: (230) 266 1973
IPS is a private English language pre-primary and primary school from ages 18 months to 11. The International Preparatory School is a candidate school for the Primary Years Programme and is fully accredited by the CoIS. Upon completion of IPS, the majority of our students join either Northfields International High School or Le Bocage International High School.
Lighthouse Primary & Secondary School:
Address: Albert Lane, Calebasses, Mauritius
Tel: +230 243 7100
Lighthouse Primary and Secondary School, located in the northern region of the Republic of Mauritius, offers an excellent standard of education based on Christian principles
Northfields International School (NIS)
Address: Main Road, Labourdonnais Village, Mapou 31803, Mauritius
Tel: (230) 266 9448/9
Northfields International School is an IB World School and a University of Cambridge International Examination Centre. NIS is also privately owned with instruction in English. Levels range from prep school to year 5 - 9, Middle Year Program (IGCSE) for year 10 & 11, finishing with Cambridge International A levels Examinations or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program for students in year 12 & 13. Boarding is available.
Saint Exupéry International School Mauritius
Address: Château La Mare Ronde, Avenue Du Château, Chemin Vingt Pieds
30513 Grand Baie, Mauritius
Tel: +230 268 0108
SEIS is a private international bilingual French / English pre-primary and primary school for children aged 3 to 11. The school has a unique learner-centred approach offering high standards.
Morning Star International School
Address: 40 Palladium Lane, Trianon, Mauritius
Tel: + 230 4600702/4600703
Morning Star School was established in 2003 with a vision to offer a primary and secondary school education with an international standard of English to Mauritian and expatriate students. Our objective in all we do is to provide a nurturing and stimulating environment in which students can not only excel academically, but more importantly, fulfil their own personal potential, with Christian values.
Clavis International Primary School (CIPS)
Address: Montagne Ory, Moka, Mauritius
Tel: (230) 433 4439
CIPS offers the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP). Schooling is available for students from 3 to 11. Bilingualism is encouraged in English and French.
Alexandra House School
Address: King George V Avenue, Floreal 74108, Mauritius
Tel: +230 6964108
This is a private English Primary day school in Mauritius for boys and girls between 4+ and 11+ years of age. We cater for approximately 100 children and provide a British curriculum with a strong international flavour.
Le Bocage International School (LBIS)
Address: Mount Ory, Moka, Mauritius
Tel: (230) 433 9900
LBIS is an English-medium, private, co-ed international school offering education for students from the ages of 11 to 19. Students are prepared for the IGCSE and the International Baccalaureate examinations. Students are enrolled in Forms 1-7 and it is accredited by the Mauritian Ministry of Education and CoIS. Uniforms are required.
Lycée de La Bourdonnais
Address: Rue Rochecouste Forest Side Curepipe
Tel: +230 670 6097
Lycée La Bourdonnais is a French international school in Curepipe, Mauritius. It serves primary school through secondary. It was founded in 1953.
Lycée des Mascarenes
Address: Helvetia, Saint Pierre 81405, ile Maurice
Tel: +230 4338992
The Lycée des Mascareignes (LDM) is a private secondary school with a British curriculum, founded in 2000 with French International Section and contracted by the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE).
Tiny Tots Day Care Centre & Preschool
Address: Ave Dauphins, Tamarin, Mauritius
Tel: + 230 483 8237
Tiny Tots Day Care Centre is a private co-educational nursery and preschool situated in Tamarin on the west coast of Mauritius. Since 1999, Tiny Tots has delivered a progressive, child-centred bilingual (English/French) quality preschool education for children from 3 months to 5 years old and is a direct feeder school for Telfair International Primary School in Tamarin.
Telfair International Primary School (TIPS)
Address: Ave Dauphins, Tamarin, Mauritius
Tel: + 230 483 5108
Established in 2007, Telfair International Primary School (TIPS) is a private English co-educational school situated in Tamarin, on the west coast of Mauritius. We provide a broad, balanced, relevant education; incorporating the British National Curriculum in a warm happy setting for children aged 5 to 12 years old. We are a direct feeder school to Le Bocage Secondary High School in Moka
Westcoast International Secondary School (WISS)
Address: Flic en Flac Road, Cascavelle, Mauritius
Tel: + 230 452 9193
This is an English-medium secondary school on the west coast of the island. Students study the International Middle Year Curriculum (IMYC) in early stages, then follow a curriculum established for the IGCSE. Students study at least six subject areas which are required by the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Forms 6 & 7.