Libya Primary School Structure

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Primary education in Libya lasts for Six years. Primary Education in Libya is free and compulsory. Primary education is part of basic education which is a 9-year program on whose completion students will sit for an end-of-basic education exam.

Primary education

  • Ages                            : 6-12 years
  • Grades                         : Grade 1-6
  • Duration of study       : 6 years
  • Primary Languages     : French
  • Terms                          : 2 terms
  • Admission Term          : throughout the year

Curriculum- the primary school curriculum of Libya emphasizes a variety of subjects and areas including the Arabic language, Koranic studies, and Islamic morals, Jamahiriyi society, mathematics, sciences, history, geography, art, music, physical education, to mention but a few.

These are some of the following schools that offer education to both locals and expatriates in Libya.


The Canadian Academy of Libya

This is a Canadian 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.

  • Established: 2009
  • Address: Serraj Area, Tripoli, Libya.
  • grades: nursery to grade 6
  • student-teacher ratio: 1:10
  • Language of instruction: English, Arabic
  • School hours: 8:00 am to 2:15 pm, Sunday to Thursday.

The school continues to mold students' attitudes to learning and provides the basic skills required for their continuing education. The primary program combines a creative and stimulating, yet structured and disciplined environment, allowing students to grow and develop at their own pace.

The curriculum uses a variety of approaches with an emphasis on creating practical and hands-on activities which enhance the theoretical aspects of each subject.

curriculum- The curriculum offered here closely follows the Ontario curriculum and Libyan curriculum guidelines and emphasizes building strong foundations in reading, writing, and arithmetic. the school offers a blend of the best of Western and Libyan educational practices.   Students here study both English and Arabic, with French also offered from Kindergarten to Grade 6. core primary subjects include Mathematics, Science, and Canadian Social Studies, Libyan History, Culture, and Religion. Other subjects include Art, Music, Physical Education, and Information and Communication Technology.

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)



International School Benghazi

This is a Foundation Stage to Year 13 School, teaching 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-  education here follows the Key Stage 1 and 2 curricula. Key Stage 1 is for students in Years 1 and 2, and Key Stage 2 encompasses years 3 to 6.  includes the core subjects of English, mathematics, and science, plus history and geography from a word perspective, ICT, French, music, PE and art.

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)- Subjects taught in Key stage 1 include English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, French, Computing, Social Studies, Design and Technology, Art, Arabic, Islamic Studies, Music, and Physical Education.

Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6)- subjects taught here include English, Mathematics, Science, Computer Studies, Social Studies, Art, Arabic, Islamic Studies, Music, and Physical Education. Children are active participants in the learning process.

Ongoing assessment is conducted at each stage to ensure that

Prospective Students- prospective students have to take a test is conducted to assess the student concerning his/her 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.


International Knowledge School (IKS)

This is a private international school in Tripoli.  The school offers pre-primary and primary education for children aged 3 to 14 years and emphasizes the holistic development of every child, spiritually, morally, intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically in a healthy, safe, caring, and supportive environment.

pre-primary Section

  • Established: 2010
  • Address: Ain Zara near Nasser University - Tripoli - Libya
  • Ages: 6-12
  • Duration of study: 6 years
  • Primary Languages: English,  Arabic
  • Terms                    : 2 terms
  • Accreditation: ASIC (Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities)


Curriculum- The core curriculum for the Grade One to Grade Nine English program includes English, Mathematics, Science, Information and Communication Technology, Social studies (Grades 4 to 9),  Geography, Cooking (Grade 4 to 9), Creative Arts, Physical educations, Islamic studies, and Arabic language

Facilities- The School offers a variety of state of the art facilities including a science lab, a computer lab, a library, a modern theatre, a kitchen with a dining hall and canteen, a football pitch, a basketball or volleyball court, and an indoor air-conditioned swimming pool, to mention but a few.


Tuition and fees-Tuition and Fees for the Year are as follows


Registration fees (once-off- nonrefundable) 250 LYD.

Transportation fees                                          1000 LYD per student


Tuition per annum

Class                                                   English department               Arabic department               

Kindergarten 1   (3 -4 years old)         4500 LYD                               2900LYD

Kindergarten 2   (4- 5  years old)        4500 LYD                               2900 LYD      


Grade 1 to 3                                        6850 LYD                               3400 LYD      

Grade 4                                               7500 LYD                               3600 LYD      

Grade 5                                               8900 LYD                               3600 LYD      

Grade 6                                               8900LYD                                3700LYD       

Note that these fees include tuition, and books

Sports and extracurricular activities- students can enjoy a variety of sporting and extracurricular activities including Football, Cooking, Storytelling, volleyball, basketball, Innovations, Football, Chess, Table tennis, painting, Swimming, and Art, to mention but a few. The school uses a house system and has 4 houses that form the basis of various sporting, artistic and intellectual challenges. Students constantly compete against other houses in various areas.

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