Maadi, Egypt

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 24, 2021

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Maadi, Egypt. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What are the schools in Maadi like?

"I would put a thumbs-up and tell you to go ahead. Misr American College is the ideal school for your children. Its small community, foreign teachers, polite students, elite class, good reputation, effective methodologies, warm welcome, and strict yet relaxed atmosphere make it the ideal elementary, middle, and high school for expatriates and Egyptians," remarked another expat living in Maadi with children attending Misr American College (MAC).

"CAC is a decent school but very schizophrenic. Be ready to live in a state of constant change if you stay more than 2 years or so. They are always rearranging/changing the curriculum, schedules, class and testing policies. Nothing remains the same for more than a year or so and at times I feel like my child has been a guinea pig when policy changes are made at the expense of consistent learning. It stresses out the kids, especially high school age, because they are always trying to figure out what the expectations are. The administration/teacher turnover has been rapid in the past 5 years which adds to the unsettled feeling at the school. Add in the revolution of the country last year and it makes for a very stressful environment that the administration fails to recognize," said another expat in Maadi with children at Cairo American College.

"High school classes and teachers have been great! Middle and elementary teaching and professionalism is more questionable. I've heard these teachers talk about student's and parent's in the community - very worrisome. Find out who are the more experienced and professional teachers from someone who can give you first-hand information," remarked another parent with kids at Cairo American College in Maadi.

"High school classes and teachers have been great! Middle and elementary teaching and professionalism is more questionable. I've heard these teachers talk about student's and parent's in the community - very worrisome. Find out who are the more experienced and professional teachers from someone who can give you first-hand information," explained one expat living in Maadi, Egypt.

"Be prepared to be engaged. I can only speak for my kids, but they love school. They hate to be sick because that means they have to stay home. I love the activities and community spirit. I'd say that my 7yo understands poverty, pollution, and the need for charity and compassion better than most of his peers in the US, not to mention Egyptian culture - which is, of course, in addition to his regular lessons. He also is in his 2nd year of Taekwondo at the school. My 4yo daughter is starting to read and write, draws and creates well, and can't wait for library days! They love it.. and what better attitude to have towards school?," said another parent with children at CAC - Cairo American College in Maadi.

"There are very high academic standards here for those students who wish to challenge themselves, and I have found that even the average classes have taught students more than they would learn at a public school in America. Many activities are offered, and while the school and administration don't offer as much guidance, anyone you ask- teachers or students- is happy to help. The administration relationship with the rest of the school is the lowest ever this year ('05-'06), however, the principals of the ES, MS, and HS are all leaving this year, which will lead to some positive changes. This school encourages much independent thinking on the student's part, and so to fill that gap you may want to stay involved with your student's life and be there, should he or she need help or more guidance than what the school provides. If the administration or counselors will not listen to your child (as sometimes they will not, in the case of changing a class, etc.) then go and make yourself heard. Despite a few problems, the education here is overall very good, and if you are coming to Egypt, this is the school I recommend," commented one expat when asked about Cairo American College in Maadi.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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