Secondary Education in Libya encompasses Grades 7 to 12. It covers six to seven years divided into a three-year cycle that concludes the compulsory education and a three to four-year senior program. Lower secondary school lasts for 3 years and is usually classified under basic education while the upper secondary is sometimes called intermediate education and lasts 4 years.
Those who do not enroll in the general secondary have the chance to go into vocational programs ranging from one to three years in length.
- Grades: 7-12
- Duration: 6 years
- Primary Languages: Arabic
- Terms : 2 terms
- Admission Term: throughout the year
Lower Secondary School (Preparatory Education)
This is a 3 years program for grades 7 to 12 or 13. The Curriculum here offers subjects such as the Arabic language, Koranic studies, and Islamic morals, Jamahiriyi society, English, mathematics, history, geography, biology, chemistry, physics, principles of technology, art, music, and physical education, to mention but a few. Grade 9 marks the completion of the basic and compulsory education cycle, upon which students will take examinations for the Basic Education Certificate.
Upper Secondary School (Intermediate Education)
Intermediate education extends from three to four years and is provided at general secondary school, for Sciences and arts, and specialized secondary schools for economics, biology, arts and media, social sciences and engineering, and vocational training centers and institutes. The general secondary stream lasts for 3 years while the technical education lasts 4 years, and 2 to 3 years in vocational secondary schools. The first year of the intermediate cycle at general and specialized schools is common for all students and covers subjects such as Islamic education, Arabic, English, politics, physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, art, physical education, and military education. general secondary Students may specialize in the literary or scientific branches with the literary branch encompassing history, geography, philosophy, sociology; and the scientific branch encompassing physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics. to complete the intermediate cycle students sit for a final exam and successful ones are awarded the Secondary Education Certificate.
Let’s take a brief look at some international schools offering some of the best education for locals and expatriates in Libya.
Benghazi European School
This is an international school in Benghazi, dedicated to the personal development of its students to produce life-long learners, effective communicators, and responsible citizens who are active in their communities. The school follows the British National Curriculum from Year 7 to Year 15.
- Founded: 1999
- Address: Ardbeloun, El Fuehat El Gharbia, Benghazi Libya
- Grades: grade 6 to 12th grade.
- Language of instruction: English
- Type: co-educational, non-profit.
- Terms: 2 terms
Learning here follows Key Stages 3 to 4 and the Advanced Level program. Key stage 3 encompasses Years 7 to 9 for children aged 12 to 14, while Key Stage 4 encompasses Years 10 to 11 for children aged 15 to 16 years.
Key Stages 3- the school at this stage follows the Edexcel International Lower Secondary Curriculum, as from 2012. This curriculum is specifically designed for international schools and caters to students in Years 7 to 9, and is available for English, Mathematics, and Science. It offers excellent preparation for IGCSE and GCE A-Level, through a structured curriculum for English, mathematics, and science. Subjects in key stage 3 include English, mathematics, science, History and Geography, Art, Information, and Communication Technology.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)- this is a 2-year program from year 10 to year 11. Students take the International General Certificate of International Education (IGCSE) examinations, at the age of 16. Subjects here include Arabic as a first language, art, and design, biology, business studies, chemistry, English language: b, English language: English literature, french, geography, history, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Italian, Mathematics, Physical Education, and physics.
Advanced Level- this is a program for years 12 or 13, where students will prepare to take the GCE Advanced Level examinations. Advanced levels are offered in subjects including Arabic, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, English Literature, French, History, Mathematics, and Physics.
Prospective students- Admission to the school is based on entrance tests in English and Mathematics together with a student interview. A copy of the student’s last school report is required to take the tests and other school-specific requirements.
Sports and extracurricular activities- students can enjoy a variety of activities offered by the school. These include soccer, chess, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, and science activities, to mention but a few.
International School Benghazi
This is a school in Benghazi that offers education from the Foundation Stage to Year 13. It offers the National Curriculum for England. the school is dedicated to producing students who are confident, friendly, highly motivated, morally aware, culturally respectful, and socially responsible. the language of instruction here is English.
- Location: Al Hawaree, Benghazi
- Grades: Foundation to 13th grade.
- Language of instruction: English
- Type: co-educational, non-profit
- Accreditation: Councill of International Schools, Edexcel, CISCO Network Academy.
The curriculum- the school offers teaching in line with the National Curriculum for England. education here follows the Key Stage 3 to 5 curriculum of the
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9)- Key Stage 3 encompasses grades 7 to 9. It offers a transition from junior school to readiness to the IGCSE examinations level. the curriculum offers subjects such as English language and literature, mathematics, science, history, ICT, geography, french, art and PE, Islamic studies, and Arabic language.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)- this stage of education concludes with sitting IGCSE examinations. students will study at least 8 IGCSE subjects including first language English, English literature, mathematics Arabic, Islamic studies, history, geography, ICT, physics, chemistry, biology, french, business studies, art.
Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)- year 12 students will studying up to 5 subjects at the AS level. Year 13 students will take the Advanced Level studies. They may continue with all 5 subjects but most students focus on 3 main subjects that they will be examined for.
Prospective Students- prospective students will be assessed through an entrance test to assess them concerning their records from the previous school. The following documents are required:
- One copy of the student's passport
- One copy of the student’s birth certificate
- One copy of each parent’s Passport and Visa.
- One copy of the school final report for all children entering Year 1 and above (in English).
- Original Transfer Certificate from the previous school (only after confirmation of admission)
Extracurricular activities- students are exposed to a variety of extracurricular activities such as swimming, Gymnastics, Basketball, Football, Athletics, Volleyball, Handball, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, or ceramics.
Al Fawz International
Is an international, coeducational school offering primarily secondary education. The school provides students with a holistic, quality education that makes them compassionate citizens. The school offers the British Curriculum with a blend of both Cambridge and Oxford syllabus. The school is divided into 2 main departments, the Arabic department, and the English department.
High school Section
- Established: 2005
- Address: Janzur, Libya
- Primary Languages: English
- Terms : 2 terms
Arabic School- This section offers a variety of subjects in 2 parts, the Literary Section and the Science Section. Literary Section subjects including Arabic language, English language, Arabic writing, Communication Technics, Islamic education, Statistics, History, Geography, Philosophy, Social Services, Psychology, and Physical education, to mention but a few.
The Science Section subjects include Arabic language, English language, French language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Communication Technics, Islamic education, Natural Science, History, Geography, Social culture, Statistics, Arabic writing, and Physical education.
English School- the English school section also offers education in two sections, namely the Literary Section and the Science Section. The Literary section includes subjects such as English language, Communication Technics, English language, Mathematics, Islamic education, Statistics, History, Geography, Philosophy, Social Services, Psychology, and Physical education, to mention but a few.
The Canadian Academy of Libya
This is a Canadian international school located in tripoli that offers a unique blend of the Ontario curriculum and the Libyan curriculum. The school enrolls both local and international students from different nationalities. Middle and high school here encompasses grades 7 to 12. It offers a challenging, comprehensive, and supportive learning environment that encourages students to actively discover and develop their intellectual, physical, and creative potential.
- Established: 2009
- Address: Serraj Area, Tripoli, Libya.
- grades: 7-12
- student population: 450
- academic staff: 30
- student-teacher ratio: 1:10
- Language of instruction: English, Arabic
- School hours: 8:00 am to 2:15 pm, Sunday to Thursday.
The school has a non-discrimination policy and allows all students to participate in all education programs and activities regardless of race, color, national origin, primary spoken language, religion, age, disability, or sex.
Curriculum- core subjects include Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Computer Technology, Social and Environmental Studies, Health and Physical Education, Music, Art and Drama. Languages taught here include English, French, and Arabic. The curriculum uses a variety of approaches with an emphasis on creating practical and hands-on activities which enhance the theoretical aspects of the subject. The curriculum offered here closely follows the Ontario curriculum and Libyan curriculum.
Prospective students- parents of prospective students must provide the following to enroll for admission.
- Child’s birth certificate
- Child’s passport (foreign students)
- Passport photos
- Family Booklet or documentation
- a photocopy of citizenship card
- Permanent Residence permit
- Employment authorization (work permit)