Muscat - Post Report Question and Answers
What is the availability of international schools? What has been your general experience with them, if any?
I have heard the international school was amazing. Everyone I knew loved it. - Jan 2022
We don't have school-aged children, but everyone that I know that goes to TAISM seems very happy. - Dec 2018
This is one of the great aspects of this post. About 99% of Embassy kids attend TAISM which is an American curriculum with a truly international population. Literally. There is no local population mafia. The teachers hail from all over with many being American and Australian. We LOVE the school.
We've never gone to school in Virginia so I can't compare the rigor of the academics but I feel it's maybe slightly above the average US school. There are plenty of extracurricular activities like art, music, band, foreign language, etc. I think the sports are sufficient enough. We haven't had any issues with bullying which seems rampant these days everywhere else. I think the administration is good and the teachers are talented and really seem to care and lover their jobs. I don't love the prolific use of iPads and such in the classrooms but that seems to be the way the world in general is going so it's a losing battle to right.
The physical campus is beautiful and large. The swimming pools, pitch, playgrounds, etc are really nice. They monitor the outdoor play time of the kids during the hottest months and make them stay inside when it's too dangerous for them to be out in the heat.
There is a British School, an American British School, and a French School at post as well. - Feb 2018
I know that people are pretty happy with the American School in Muscat TAISM and the British Academy as well. Unfortunately, I cannot personally give any more input on this. - Aug 2017
Children from the Embassy currently attend both the American School (TAISM) and the American British Academy (ABA). Parents and students seem to really like both schools and the facilities for each are state-of-the-art. TAISM follows an American curriculum, while ABA follows an British system and offers the IB program. - Oct 2014
Schools are great here, but class size seems to disappoint high-school students. Our oldest is about to turn four and will starts at TAISM next year. The school has received rave reviews from families we know and the staff and facilities appear to be excellent. We also know families with kids who attend the American British Academy to pursue an IB education and others who went to the French school. All were pleased. - Jun 2012
TAISM and ABA are both good. ABA is closer to embassy housing, TAISM is the "official" school and is very well funded. - May 2012
There is The International School at Muscat (TAISM), American British Academy (ABA), and British School.98% go to TAISM.All have different curriculums, but it is fround upon to take your kid somewhere where the US does NOT sponsor. - Aug 2011
TAISM and ABA are both wonderful schools. ABA has more of a sport feel, and Taism is more into the arts. - Feb 2011
My children attended The American International School of Muscat. It was a wonderful experience. Teachers were extremely happy to work there and compensated well...they enjoyed their jobs and our children benefitted from that. If I could choose one school in the world...this would be it. There is also ABA and another british school...people seemed to be satisfied with those as well. - Apr 2010
TAISM, ABA, BSM all great schools. Some really enjoyed it, some had issues not so much with the school but with a particular class or teacher. - Feb 2010
The American International School of Muscat (TAISM) is most popular among embassy families. I don't have kids, but I've heard uniformly rave reviews about the school. The school itself is gorgeous. Some embassy families also use the American-British Academy. - Jan 2010
Muscat has lots of school options. My children have attended The American International School of Muscat (TAISM -- KG/1st & 6th/7th) We have been thrilled with the teachers and opportunities the kids have had in swimming, music, drama, and the Discover Oman Program. I have also subbed extensively at the American British Academy (ABA) which follows an IB program. Both schools are exceptional with dedicated, professional and energetic staff. We will be moving our youngest to ABA this next year as we feel the IB program for 2nd grade is stronger and will suit his learning style better. There is also a British School; a Philippine School; an Egyptian School; a Sri Lankan school.... - Mar 2009
The American International School in Muscat (TAISM) is reputedly one of the best international schools with good college placements and a lovely campus. There is also the American British Academy (ABA), which has a good local reputation. - Feb 2008