English Schools in Cyprus

State Education in Cyprus

Education is free and compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 16.

Children may start school at three at state pre-schools. At the age of six, children must attend primary schools. From 12 to 18 years old children attend secondary school (although they can leave school at 16).

Every village that contains more than 15 school age children will have a school or a neighbouring village will have a school that will be able to provide for both communities.

A knowledge of the Greek language is essential if you wish your child to attend the state school system.

There are also private fee paying pre-school, primary and secondary schools available. These are regulated by the Ministry of Education and Culture but the running of the school is carried out by either religious groups or foreign bodies.

There are also International schools in the larger cities which are the best option for older children as the education will be based on the UK curriculum and taught in English.

Over 60% of all secondary school leavers attend university.

Higher education is free for Cypriot nationals. You may have to pay as an overseas student especially if you have lived in Cyprus for less than 3 years. The embassy will help with more details.

The education system falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education and Culture. They manage appointments, promotions, disciplinary matters and regulate the curriculum.

Private English Schools in Cyprus

There are 17 private English Schools in Cyprus:-

American Academy

Private school in Limassol following the English National Curriculum. Ages from 2 to University entrance with full range of subjects at GCSE, ‘O’ Level, ‘A’ and ‘A/S’ Level. Preparation for TOEFL and entry to top universities. Tel: 7777 2277 Fax: 25 387 488

American Academy Larnaca

English speaking private international school in Larnaca at Gregori Afxentiou Avenue. Primary and secondary schools. Non profit making school where pupils take internationally recognised exams. Tel: 24 815 400 Fax: 24 651 046

American Academy Nicosia

Private, English speaking Christian school. Ages range from pre-reception through to university entrance preparation for IGCSE, A Level and LCCI exams. Located in Nicosia at 3A Michael Parides Street. Principal is Dr Joe Worsham. Tel: 22 664 266 Fax: 22 669 290

Foley’s Grammar & Junior School

Private, independent and co-educational British day-school providing English-language education for learners age 4 to 18 or 19 (A levels and university entrance). Licensed by the Cyprus Ministry of Education. At 40 Homer Street, 3095 Lemesos. Tel: 25 582 191 Fax: 25 584 119

G C School of Careers

Nicosia based English speaking private international school located at 96 Stadiou Street. Internationally recognised exams. Tel: 22 464 400 Fax: 22 356 468

Highgate School

Private English speaking nursery, primary and secondary school located at 25 Heroes Avenue, Nicosia. Pupils take IGCSE examinations and there are many extracurricular activities on offer.
Tel: 22 780 527 (primary) or 22 781 818 (secondary) Fax: 22 773 474

International School Of Paphos

Private English speaking international school located in Paphos at 100 Aristotelous Savva Avenue. Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary schools are all catered for in this school.
Tel: 26 821 700 Fax: 26 942 541

King Richard School

English school for the children of service personnel located in Dhekelia Garrison near Larnaca. Also accept fee paying private students subject to availability of places and security clearance. Following UK National Curriculum.l Tel: 24 744 776 Fax: 24 744 188

Logos School of English Education

Providing private individual teaching in a caring environment with a nursery and boarding facilities if required. GCSE ‘O’ and ‘A’ levels offered with an Oxford recognised examination centre at 33/35 Aegialousa Street in Limassol. Tel: 25 336 061 Fax: 25 335 578

Papantoniou Institute

Foreign language institute specialising in teaching school age students and preparation for university entrance. Other courses are available for adults wishing to learn Greek. Two locations, one in Larnaca and one in Nicosia. Tel: 22 330 391

Pascal English School

English private school with sites in Nicosia, Larnaca and Limassol. Run as a 6 year English secondary school (not 7 year). Entrance exams in English and Maths. Priority given to high scoring students. Internationally recognised qualifications. Tel: 22 590 270 (Nicosia) 25 333 310 (Limassol) 24 813 Fax: 22 590 214 (Nicosia) 25 339 335 (Limassol) 24 534

St. John’s School Episkopi

School mainly for the children of service personnel in Cyprus, but also admitting some English speaking pupils subject to security clearance. Fees are payable for non service children.
Tel: 25 963 888 Fax: 25 963 708

The American International School

A private, co-educational, day school for primary, “Middle School” and secondary (or upper school) education. The curriculum fulfils requirements for MSA accreditation and the IBO (International Baccalaureate). At 11 Kassos Street, Nicosia. Tel: 22 316 345 Fax: 22 316 549

The English School Nicosia

English private secondary school based just outside Nicosia. Internationally recognised exams. Entrance is by examinations. Tel: 22 799 300 Fax: 22 799 301

The Grammar School Nicosia

English speaking private international school located in Nicosia at Anthoupolis Highway. Secondary school only, with entrance by examination. Exams taken are internationally recognised O and A Levels. Tel: 22 695 695 Fax: 22 623 044

The Heritage Private School

Private English speaking international school in Limassol at 15 General Makriyiannis Street. Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary schools within the system. Pupils take internationally recognised exams and are taught under the English National Curriculum. Tel: 25 367 018 (Primary) or 25 362 224 (Secondary and Fax: 25 359 977

The Junior School Nicosia

Private English speaking school in Nicosia, covering pre-reception, infant and junior ages (three and a half to twelve and a half). Following the British National Curriculum. Tel: 22 664 855 Fax: 22 666 993

Learning About the World Through Foreign Languages – English

What is the purpose of having a foreign language curriculum in our schools or in the schools of most countries? Is it to learn the mechanics of the foreign language we try to master, or is it a cultural awareness we desire to develop in our students? Do we learn it simply for the practical reasons of increasing career opportunities and for the added convenience when traveling? What messages do we wish to deliver through the teaching of foreign languages? If we wish to raise interest in foreign studies and to incorporate in the studies a new awareness of the world, what can language teachers do to enhance and encourage these goals?

According to many researchers, foreign language studies can have a positive effect on a person’s verbal and written communication skills. Possessing good personal communication skills are vital in understanding and coping with our own immediate surroundings and are preliminary steps toward opening our mind to an understanding of the world. Studying a foreign language is the best first step to understanding another culture. It is the best way to begin to break through the barriers of understanding that country, its historical contributions, its relationship to the world, and current events from its people’s point of view. The development of qualities for intercultural empathy and understanding should be the main purpose of learning foreign languages.

Rapid globalization has raised the need for multicultural awareness and respect. Many languages such as French and Spanish, among others, are used in global activities. Despite this, English remains the largest second language studied and spoken internationally. English has become the bridge between many countries. For many, it is the main language used to communicate in international business and non-business activities. This language acts as a conduit for cultural exchange and is essential in our global society. For many countries, English is the initial contact to other foreign cultures, and through it, intercultural communication evolves. Many countries have English as their compulsory foreign language curriculum from as early as junior high and now even elementary school. Because of its importance, we must not neglect the power it possesses to potentially affect the people who use the language. For those countries with English in their foreign studies, effects on the development of students using English learning the social, environmental, and humanitarian issues globally should be on the immediate agenda.

How can the English language teachers in non-native English countries incorporate the studies of intercultural communication skills? Before going further in the teaching of intercultural communication, the English teacher’s roles, objectives, and goals must be defined. Pedagogical knowledge and skills of teaching alone will not be enough without the passion to understand human growth and development, elements of willingness to communicate using a foreign language with an open-minded perspective. English teachers are essential figures to the students, as their thoughts, feelings, and expressions affect students’ motivations in learning English and their interest in other foreign cultures. English teachers must possess good ethical values and must respect other cultures and people. Respecting others is the foundation in learning intercultural communication.

In the United States, where classrooms are made up of various demographic backgrounds, teachers can take advantages of this kind of setting to incorporate intercultural communications and global awareness. But the English language teacher in countries of homogeneous culture face the challenges of bridging foreign language and cultures into the classrooms. One suggestion is selecting materials on current issues that can be expanded into further discussions of foreign interests. Creating opportunities for multi-cultural awareness is the start of intercultural awareness. The role of an English teacher in countries where English is not the native language goes beyond being an instructor. These teachers of English are the ambassadors of their countries and guides to other non-English-speaking cultures.

Teachers, administrators, and all educators must continue to research, learn, and try alternative teaching methods to reach our goal of creating multicultural awareness; we must take further steps to increase intercultural communication, especially for language teachers who are the representatives of their countries and the countries they introduce to their students via language instruction. Raising global awareness and increasing multicultural understanding will prove to minimize the misunderstanding between different cultures and perhaps solve existing international conflicts one day.

Teach English in a Different Environment

You could say that if you Teach English in another country you are teaching English in a different environment. It can also be said if you are teaching English in Los Angeles instead of the city you were born in like Des Moines, IA that you are teaching English in a different environment. For certain, both qualify as different environments than the original one.

If you are going to teach school in any subject in the United States then you will have to be certified in the state where you want to teach. To do this you will have met various education requirements already. Then you will have to pass their teacher’s certification program. Depending on whether you want to teach elementary school or junior high or high school will dictate which education requirements you will have to meet and what certification tests you will have to pass. Then you will have to apply for the jobs you are interested in. To teach English you also have to comply with these same requirements.

For the most part where ever you are hired to teach in the United States, English will be the first language of most of your fellow teachers. You will also know the general way to conduct business and get various things accomplished. You will understand the social and political conventions. You will also understand most all of the driving rules and be able to easily obtain a driver’s license in whatever state you have chosen to live. Other than different brand names you will be familiar with most of the foods at the markets.

If you are going to teach English in another country you may have completely different requirements to meet. But you will also be teaching in a very different environment. They may speak a different language and so you will have to know some of the words to get by even for the first week. If you are going to live there for a year you may have to get electricity or the cable company or internet connections in your name. You may not be at all familiar with the bureaucracy that may be involved to accomplish these tasks. There may be entirely different foods at the supermarket. Such things as asking for directions may present challenges. You may have to learn a new currency. Certainly you will have to learn how to navigate the political and cultural landscape.

Social conventions may be very different than where you lived before. If you are in the United Kingdom, you will have to learn to look a different direction when you cross the street. There may be many other new things to learn in order to survive living in the new country.

You certainly should look at it as an opportunity to learn about a different culture and history than you are familiar with. You may acquire new tastes for different foods. You certainly will expand your thinking and outlook on life. You may find that you have changed.