Education


Private Education in Cyprus

Private Education in Cyprus

Education in Cyprus is overseen by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Apart from the government run public schools there are more than 40 private, secondary schools on the island. Private schooling began in 1646 and many of the schools available today have a long history of excellence in private education. Currently there is a big choice for those who want to attend private educational facilities. With more than 15,000 students attending private schools based on location, language and curriculum, Cyprus offers many options for non-Greek speaking children. The education system in Cyprus is divided into pre-primary education (ages 3 – 6), primary education (ages 6 – 12) and secondary education (ages 12 – 18). Full time education is compulsory for children aged 5 – 15. State schools are funded by the government and are conducted in Greek. For children who do not speak the language, private institutions are available in all major cities in Cyprus. Most of the private schools have English as their teaching medium. Today you will find The French School Arthur Rimbaud in Nicosia and various Russian schools catering for the thousands of Russians who live on the island. There are also a number of Greek secondary schools in Nicosia catering for Cypriot parents who want their children to attend a private school