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Group Spotlight: Esol Education

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Schrole is proud to represent some of the very best international groups and schools from around the world. In our Spotlight series, we’ll take an in-depth look at these schools and groups, detailing their history, ethos, location and of course, benefits, to help you choose the school/group that best suits you.


About: Esol Education

Founded in 1976, Esol Education specialises in the establishment and management of high quality international schools around the Middle East and Mediterranean.

Headquartered in Dubai, UAE, with branch offices in Hong Kong, Cairo and Nicosia, Esol Education currently serves over 10,000 students, operating a total of ten international schools in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Cairo, Nicosia, and Aley.

Each of the Esol Education schools follows an American or British curriculum and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) and/or the Council of International Schools (CIS). Six Esol schools currently offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme with some offering the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB PYP).

Esol Education schools enjoy the benefits of experienced leadership and management, excellent facilities, and caring and dedicated teachers. Since its inception, Esol’s focus has always been the attainment of the highest standards of educational excellence.


Ethos: Esol Education

Esol Education’s mission is to provide outstanding education to students and excellent professional opportunities for educators in international communities, instilling the knowledge, skills, and character necessary for success in the 21st century.

Esol Education’s vision is to be the most reputable and trusted provider of high quality international education.

Esol Edeucation’s core values cover Educational excellence; Well-rounded learning; Measurement through student success; Social responsibility; Cultural inclusiveness; and Inspirational leadership.

Educational excellence

Excellence in education is Esol Education’s driving force. Inspirational leadership seeks to grow in order to be a more resilient organisation and to provide more opportunities for its students and educators, always prioritising academic rigor and high standards.

Well-rounded learning

Esol Education focuses on graduating well-rounded individuals that are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and character to lead in the 21st century, rather than optimizing for outstanding academic outcomes at the expense of emotional, inter-personal, creative, character, or other areas of development of its students.

Measurement through student success

Esol Education measures success through impact on students’ performance, progress, and well-being, using data-driven, continuous assessment and academic interventions. This means that Esol Education seeks to provide the greatest “value-add” to students, rather than tailor its institutions to produce great outcomes based on a highly selective admissions process.

Social responsibility

Esol Education institutions, students, and educators are expected to be socially responsible members of their communities, carefully considering their environment and the people around them, driving positive change wherever possible.

Cultural inclusiveness

Esol Education schools are culturally inclusive, reflecting the complexion of their individual home communities. This means that Esol Education schools will provide high quality, truly international, holistic education in all institutions regardless of location. It also means that Esol Education effectively integrate a local context with high quality international curricula.

Inspirational leadership

Esol Education seeks to inspire its students and educators to perform at their best in whatever they do. Esol Education does this by providing enriching environments that support its constant pursuit of knowledge and offer myriad opportunities for service and leadership for students, educators and parents.


Schools: Esol Education

American International School in Abu Dhabi

The American International School in Abu Dhabi (AISA) is celebrating its 25th anniversary, having been established in 1995 to provide local and expatriate residents of Abu Dhabi with high quality American education, based on American standards and an international curriculum.

AISA received its first accreditation in October 1997 from the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA), and in January 2010 was accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS). AISA offers education from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

AISA was the first school to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma in the UAE and later became the first school in Abu Dhabi to be authorized to offer the IB Primary Years Program (PYP). In keeping with local regulations, the Secondary School is gender segregated.

American International School in Abu Dhabi website

Dunecrest American School

Dunecrest American School in Dubai offers a holistic and challenging American educational program founded on the values of academic excellence, creativity, independence, international mindedness, wellness, innovation and service. With experienced leadership, dedicated and caring educators and state-of-the-art facilities, Dunecrest inspires students to pursue their passions and become lifelong learners.

Dunecrest American School website

Fairgreen International School

With an exceptional, future-focused educational ethos, built on the cornerstones of academic achievement and sustainability, Fairgreen International School in Dubai empowers students to innovate sustainable solutions to global challenges. Located in The Sustainable City, Fairgreen will be a candidate for International Baccalaureate PYP and MYP authorisation in its first year of operation.

Fairgreen International School website

American School Hong Kong

With an advanced STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) focus, offering the US Common Core Curriculum with an IB Diploma option in Grades 11 and 12, sports and extra-curricular activities, daily Chinese program and student leadership initiatives, American School Hong Kong (ASHK) is a K-12 non-profit, college preparatory school located in Tai Po.

American School Hong Kong website

American International School in Egypt – Main Campus

With a heritage of excellence spanning 25 years, the American International School in Egypt (AISE) – Main Campus caters to more than 1850 students in a purpose-built 51,000 square meter campus in Cairo Festival City. Providing a holistic approach to education that encourages academic achievement, AISE aims to develop students that will thrive in a dynamic and rapidly changing world.

AISE students are encouraged to participate in activities outside of the classroom such as Student Council, Model United Nations and a number of sports and clubs activities. AISE is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA), Council of International Schools (CIS), and offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP). The Egyptian Ministry of Education recognizes AISE’s American High School Diploma.

American International School in Egypt – Main Campus website

American International School in Egypt – West Campus

Inaugurated in August 2009, the American International School in Egypt (AISE) – West Campus serves the local and international community in Cairo. AISE encourages and inspires students to become lifelong learners who contribute to a diverse and changing world. Highly qualified educators, 50% of whom hold a postgraduate degree, teach AISE’s international curriculum.

Authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate (IBDP) for Grades 11 and 12, AISE is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) and Council of International Schools (CIS). AISE’s American High School Diploma is also recognized by the Egyptian Ministry of Education and is equivalent to the Egyptian General Secondary Certificate.

Schrole profile |  American International School in Egypt – West Campus website

Cairo English School

Housed in an impressive campus in New Cairo, with an Olympic-sized swimming pool, running track, football field, indoor gymnasium and a fully equipped science labs, Cairo English School (CES) opened in 2006 and has established itself as one of Cairo’s leading schools. CES provides British-based international education culminating in Cambridge International Education IGCSE exam and the A-Level and IB Diploma offered as alternatives in the Sixth Form.

CES is accredited by British School of the Middle East (BSO) the Council of International Schools (CIS), Middle States Associations of Colleges and Schools (MSA), British Schools of the Middle East (BSME), and has been an International Baccalaureate (IB) world school since April 2010.

Cairo English School website

American School of Bahrain

American School of Bahrain opened for its inaugural year in September 2020. The school is reflective of Esol Education’s deep expertise in international education, from designing optimal learning spaces and recruiting the best educators to building a robust international curriculum and ensuring a multitude of activities and opportunities to encourage students to be well rounded, thoughtful citizens.

As an American international school in Bahrain, ASB offers a standards-based American curriculum, from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12, with the option of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in Grades 11 and 12.

Schrole profile |  American School of Bahrain website

American International School in Cyprus

Situated on a 16,000 square meter campus in Nicosia, the American International School in Cyprus (AISC) offers students plenty of space for honing their skills, with facilities including tennis courts, swimming pool, library and a wireless indoor and outdoor environment administered full-time by a librarian and IT team. AISC is a provider of international education strongly focused on experiential learning. Students come from 45 countries and are taught by highly qualified teachers.

AISC’s program is approved by the Cyprus Ministry of Education and is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). The school also offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program.

Schrole profile |  American International School in Cyprus website

Universal College – Aley

Established over 100 years ago, overlooking the capital city of Beirut, Universal College – Aley (UCA) is a learning community committed to providing children with a very nurturing and highly individualized learning environment with a strong reputation of academic excellence.

UCA is a college preparatory school, licensed by the Lebanese Ministry of Education, offering the Lebanese Baccalaureate or the American Diploma. UCA was restored and re-opened as an Esol Education school in the year 2000, and is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).

Universal College – Aley website


Working at Esol Education: Frequently Asked Questions

Typically how long would an employment contract last?

Initial contracts are for a two-year period.

What is the contract renewal process?

Following completion of the initial two-year contract, contracts renewal takes place annually by mutual agreement.

What documents would I need to provide?

Various documents, including university degrees or transcripts, teaching qualifications, and/or letters from previous schools verifying previous years of teaching experience will be required, depending on the host country’s rquirements for issuance of a work permit and residence visa. Certificates of marriage are also required for married teaching couples. Any documents required for the visa process will need to be attested. This information will be explained in detail once you sign your contract.

How is the salary package determined?

Salary is determined according to a schedule based on qualifications and years of teaching experience. Salary schedules provide for salary increases for returning teachers and are reviewed annually.

Do I need to speak the host country’s language?

All of Esol Education schools use English as the language of instruction. You may choose to learn the host country language but this will not be necessary to fulfill your teaching responsibilities.

Does the school arrange my medical insurance coverage and flights home?

You and any school sponsored dependents will be provided with health insurance coverage and airline tickets from your home of record at the start of each school year and back to your home of record at the end of each school year. You may also choose to receive the cash equivalent of the airline tickets if you do not wish to go home for the summer.

Will I receive a housing allowance?

Housing arrangements vary from country to country. In some locations you will reside in school-provided furnished housing for your first year, with the option of taking a housing allowance and making your own housing arrangements in subsequent years. In other locations you can choose to take the housing allowance from year one.

What can I do to prepare myself for working in a specific country?

Prior to arrival you will receive a range of supportive documents to assist with preparations for your move. In addition, you will be connected with current teachers who will answer any questions you have from when you sign your contract through to arrival. Many schools now establish a Facebook page for new teachers to communicate with each other and with the school. An intensive orientation/induction program is conducted upon arrival at your new location.

Will I be paid in the local currency or in my home country’s currency?

In UAE salaries are paid in the local currency (AED), which is pegged to the US Dollar. In Egypt salaries are paid in USD (for AISE) or GBP (for CES), with a portion of up to 25% paid in EGP at the official exchange rate. In Cyprus salaries are paid in Euros.


For specific benefits, and for vacancies, please visit the individual school pages:

American International School in Egypt – West Campus
American School of Bahrain
American International School in Cyprus

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