Best Secondary Schools In Nigeria


This is the official list of Nigeria’s best secondary schools for 2021.

The following is a list of Nigeria’s best schools in 2021:

  1. Lifeforte International Schools
  2. Corona Secondary School
  3. Chrisland International Schools
  4. Children’s International School
  5. Rainbow College
  6. Premiere Academy
  7. Bloombreed Schools
  8. Capital Science Academy
  9. Graceland International School
  10. Hallmark Secondary School
  11. Greater Tomorrow International School
  12. Bethel American International School
  13. Charles Dale Memorial International College
  14. Adesoye College
  15. Surefoot International School
  16. Hillcrest International School
  17. The Vale College
  18. The Ambassador schools
  19. Preston International School
  20. Crescent International School
  21. City of Knowledge Academy, Ogun state
  22. Princess Shekinah International School
  23. Master Care International School
  24. Nigerian Tulip International College
  25. British Spring College

Few decisions are as crucial – to both a parent and a child – as deciding which school a child will attend, particularly at the elementary, primary, and secondary school levels, in carrying out the most rewarding task of parenting. Making a school option, on the other hand, has never been more difficult for parents. Take, for example, privately owned schools in Nigeria. In Nigeria, there are over 80,000 registered private schools – and counting. In other words, if a parent can afford to enroll their children in a private school, there are plenty of options to choose from. Despite the fact that Nigeria has a large number of private schools, only a handful of them offer a high-quality education that prepares children for the future. It goes without saying that many private schools are ill-equipped to meet their students’ growing psychosocial and emotional needs. Surprisingly, a few private schools have raised the bar and set the standard for education in Nigeria over the years. These colleges, which are spread across 36 states, not only offer excellent education, but also serve as a model for other educational institutions. Every year, Edusko Africa conducts a thorough review of Nigerian schools in order to present some of the best in the region. The annual ranking of the best schools in Nigeria serves as a reference for aspirational parents and guardians who want nothing more than the best education for their children.

The best schools in Nigeria ranking for 2021 is particularly intriguing because the Covid-19 has had a significant effect on Nigerian education, leaving many private schools in a shadow of their former self. Nonetheless, the best schools in Nigeria in 2021 have effectively navigated the pandemic and have managed to deliver on their pledge of excellence. This year, we gathered data on the 100 schools that were originally chosen from around the country in order to make an educated decision. An independent committee evaluated the schools based on three main criteria:

In the previous year, students’ results in national and international exams. Along with that, recent awards and recognitions were evaluated.
In terms of verifiable contributions to society, verifiable places in top organizations, entrepreneurship, admissions to top universities, and so on, the quality of alumni has improved in the last year.

Below is a summary of our assessment on the best secondary schools in Nigeria and their ranks:

Best secondary schools in Nigeria in 2021

  1. Lifeforte International Schools, Ibadan

Lifeforte International School is a private Christian co-educational institution with Preschool, Junior, and Senior High Schools for children aged 3 to 18.

In the Outstanding Cambridge Learners Awards 2020, Lifeforte International School came out on top, with students winning 53 awards in different categories. Some of the students achieved world-class results at the AS level in Mathematics and Business, as well as at the O level in Geography.

Lifeforte graduates have an extremely high rate of acceptance to top universities all over the world. Top universities such as Harvard University, University College London, and California Institute of Technology, to name a few, have awarded their alumni academic prizes and accolades.

Pastor Olubi Johnson, the school’s chairman and founder, is on the board of directors, which includes accomplished educators, active management experts, and seasoned scholars. Pastor Olubi, who has over 25 years of experience in education and management, ensures that Lifeforte stays true to its goal of improving lives through excellent education.

  1. Corona Secondary School, Lagos

Corona schools, which were established over 65 years ago, have undoubtedly earned a reputation for excellence over the years and are one of Nigeria’s best schools in 2021. Corona School had a 76 percent distinction rate and a 95 percent higher education potential rate in the 2020 WAEC. Corona School had a 74 percent distinction rate (A*-B) in IGCSE 2019, with the highest score of 7.5/9 and an average score of 7.1/9 in IELTS 2019. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Banky W, and Tonye Cole are only a few of the excellent Corona Schools’ Trust Alumni. Corona schools have won numerous distinctions and accolades for their outstanding work, both in Nigeria and around the world. Among the most recent are the 2020 Toyota dream car competition: 2nd best artwork, and the voice spelling bee competition (senior category) – global winner (1st place). A professionally experienced board of trustees oversees the school’s operations. Prof. Muriel Oyediran, Mr Adedotun Sulaiman, Prof. Oyinade Elebute, and a number of other famous Nigerians are among them.

  1. Chrisland International School, Lagos

Chrisland International School, one of Nigeria’s most well-known privately-owned international schools, leads the way in providing students with a high-quality, all-round education. Students at Chrisland did very well in the recently completed 2020 external and international exams. The students, as usual, performed admirably in all exams, earning a variety of distinctions across the board. Since its inception, the school’s graduates have carried the torch everywhere they go and in all their endeavors, bringing honor to their alma mater. Deborah Chiamaka Motilewa is one of Chrisland’s thousands of proud graduates. At the age of 25, she received her Ph.D. in Business Management from Covenant University in 2018, making her the youngest Ph.D. graduate from a Nigerian university. High Chief Dr. (Mrs) Winifred Adefolahan Awosika, the founder of Chrisland Educational Organisation, is the school’s board chairwoman. She is an astute educator, a role model, a fantastic motivator, and a woman of honesty, among other things.

  1. Children’s International School, Lagos

CIS is a world-class international learning organization dedicated to raising the bar for world-class education by enabling students to become active learners who enjoy learning as well as outstanding individuals who can live comfortable, secure, and fulfilling lives. In 2018, the school won the COBIS Student World Debate Competition as the best school in Africa. CIS has received numerous honors and accolades both at home and abroad since its inception. CIS students won World School Games Silver Medalist for two years in a row, from 2019 to 2020. In the last year, the school’s graduates have made significant progress in their individual higher education pursuits and other endeavors. CIS has an Advisory Board made up of respected individuals who are leaders in their fields, including investment banking, education consulting, management consulting, economics, law, human resources management, psychology, and education, to name a few. Mr. Femi Olubanwo, a founding partner of Banwo & Ighodalo, one of Nigeria’s leading and most established full-service law firms, is a member of the CIS board of directors.

  1. Rainbow College, Lagos

Rainbow College is a top-tier co-educational secondary school that takes a global approach to education and nurtures students in a conducive learning climate. Rainbow College students have distinguished themselves in national and international exams over the years. In the IGSCE 2018/2019 exams, one of Rainbow College’s students was named Best Student in English as a Second Language by the British Council. In the recently completed 2020 WAEC Review, 80.59 percent of Rainbow College students received A-B grades in all subjects, with 97.54 percent receiving grades ranging from A to C. Victor Momodu, a Rainbow College alumnus and Head Boy Class of 2014 boarding school, graduated with 9 distinctions and first-class honors from the department of Petroleum Engineering in 2019. Annette Edematie, a 2020 graduate, recently earned a scholarship to attend the University of Arizona. Mrs. Oludolapo Odunlami, a seasoned educationist, leads a diverse and experienced board that oversees the school.

  1. Premiere Academy, Lugbe Abuja

Premiere Academy, which opened its doors in October 2005, is an international school with outstanding boarding facilities, where personal growth, community service, teamwork, and leadership are all valued facets of learning. In the 2020 WAEC, 74 percent of students received an A1-B3 in mathematics, and over 64 percent received an A1-B3 in English. In Chemistry, 99 percent of students received an A1-B3 grade, and in Economics, 92 percent received an A1-B3 grade. Premiere Academy has a long list of students who are excelling in their respective fields at home and abroad. Eunice Odinaka Okeke, a former Premiere student, graduated from the University of South Florida with a first-class degree in Electrical Engineering in 2019.

The board of directors of the school has over 200 years of combined experience in a variety of sectors, including management consulting, senior civil service, corporate banking, oil and gas, and building, among others. Mr. Akinfemiwa Akinsola, OON, a renowned economist and former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Skye Bank, is a member of Premiere’s board of directors.

  1. Bloombreed Schools, Port Harcourt

Bloombreed Schools, established in 1998, has evolved from a small nursery and primary school to a thriving co-educational institution with Day and Boarding High Schools, and is now ranked as one of Nigeria’s best schools in 2021. Cambridge Education Group (CEG), Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), and Cambridge Assessment International Education are some of the school’s international affiliations (CAIE). Sir Mutiu Sunmonu (CON), a specialist educationist with a wealth of experience working in international schools delivering educational services to high-profile and elitist clients, chairs a board of directors with over 150 years of experience accrued across various disciplines.

  1. Capital Science Academy, Abuja

Capital Science Academy, located in Kuje, Abuja, is one of Nigeria’s top schools today. The school provides Nigerian curriculum subjects as well as a diverse range of electives. The school has scored 90-98 percent in A-C and 100 percent in A-E in the National Examinations, WAEC and NECO, over the last year. In the last year’s Jamb/UTME, the school scored 90-100 percent of the time, ranging from 200 to 310. They also earned a c in a foreign review – IGCSE with 100 percent in English and Maths. On the SAT, the school has a 95 percent-98 percent pass rate for students with a score of 950 or higher, and a 95 percent pass rate for students with a score of 1000-1400. Capital Science students are flying high in their various institutions of higher learning around the world, despite the fact that it is a relatively new school. Capital science recently received the African Achievers Award from the United Kingdom, as well as the FCT Award for Best Performing School from Nigeria. Capital Science Academy is led by a dynamic board of directors who bring a wealth of expertise from a variety of sectors and fields to the table. The board of directors has a combined background of over 200 years in education, finance, banking, senior civil service, oil and gas, business administration, and other fields. The school’s board of directors is chaired by Professor Zaynab Alkali. Zaynab Alkali is an award-winning author, professor of African literature in English, and a strong advocate for women’s rights.

  1. Graceland International School, Port Harcourt

In 2021, Graceland International School in Port Harcourt is ranked as one of Nigeria’s best schools. In the 2019 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), 93 percent of Graceland students received credit-pass or higher in English language and mathematics, while 85 percent received distinction and 15% received credit in English language, resulting in a 100 percent pass in English language. Graduates of Graceland International School have been accepted to universities in the United Kingdom and the United States, including Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Kentucky, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of South Florida, and University of Southern Georgia, among many others. The school has received several awards both locally and globally, including two Pan-African Mathematics Olympiad gold medalists. Six-time National Cowbell Competition winner, serial winner (in Nigeria) of American Mathematics Competition 12 for six years in a row – 2014-2019, and many other accolades.

  1. Hallmark Secondary School, Ondo

Ondo’s Hallmark Secondary School is a co-educational boarding school that follows a rigorous national British Curriculum template. The school was established 25 years ago and has been a leader in the pursuit of excellence ever since. The Southwest Nigeria excellence award named Hallmark secondary school the Southwestern school of the decade in 2020. Akinwonmi Ayobami, one of their students, had the best UTME result in Ondo State in 2019, and the school placed fourth at the National Science Fair Competition in Abuja the same year. Many Hallmark International School alumni have been accepted into top schools in Nigeria and abroad, and they continue to spread the light everywhere they go. Pastor Mrs. Aralola Faturoti, the school’s founder and proprietress, chairs the board of directors. With over 50 years of experience in education, she is a seasoned and accomplished educator and administrator. International Organization for a Better Tomorrow

  1. Greater tomorrow International College, Ondo State

Greater Tomorrow International College is without a doubt one of Nigeria’s best schools in 2021. Greater Tomorrow International College school has proven its capacity as a pioneer in providing top-notch quality education for its students since its inception in 2001. The school has won several awards for its excellent success both at home and abroad. In 2018, their students won National Champion at the Interswitch SPAK Science Competition; in August 2019, their students won National Champion at the STAN Science competition held in Kano, Nigeria; and in August 2019, GTIC students came in second place in Nigeria at the National SPELL IT Battle of the Champions, among many other achievements.

  1. Bethel American International School, Ibadan

Bethel AIS is a full-boarding, co-educational school. In the year 2021, the school is ranked as one of Nigeria’s best. In the SSCE WAEC administered exam for 2020, BethelAIS earned a perfect score. Their most recent SAT results ranged from 1,200 to 1383. Despite the fact that the school is now in its eighth year of service and that its graduates are still attending universities both within and outside of Nigeria, their students are represented at some of the best universities in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Nigeria. The board of directors at Bethel AIS is made up of industry leaders and accomplished individuals whose efforts have aided the school’s development and achievements. Dr. Jeff Vogel, the board’s superintendent and a former professor at the University of Minnesota, holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. He works for Medtronics in the United States as a Senior Executive.

  1. Charles Dale Memorial International College, Port-Harcourt

Charles Dale Memorial International School is a coed, multi-cultural, coeducational school that accepts students from all over the world.

The school is known and respected for the quality of its services, as well as its welcoming and caring atmosphere and strong sense of community.

The National Chemistry Olympiad Competition – Best Female student – 2017; Nigeria’s delegate in the 50th International Mendeleev Chemistry Olympiad, Moscow, Russia, among many others, have all been won by Charles Dale Memorial International College in recent years.

The school has a large and knowledgeable Governing Board, with members who have extensive experience in a variety of fields. The board was impressed by the staff’s dedication to the school’s long- and short-term progress.

  1. Adesoye College, Offa, Kwara State

Adesoye College is a co-educational college established in January 1987 by Chief Emmanuel Olatunji Adesoye to educate boys and girls from all over Nigeria as well as from other countries whose parents want their children to have the best possible upbringing.

The school is one of Nigeria’s few excellent private secondary schools, with a long history of success and unmatched accomplishments.

Over 53% of students received a distinction in English (A1 – B3) in the 2020 WAEC results, and over 70% of students received admission scores in the recently concluded 2020 UTME results.

  1. Surefoot International School, Calabar

Surefoot International School (SIS) is an inclusive, co-educational, residential, day and boarding school built on strong Christian principles. It is located in the beautiful, serene, and historical city of Calabar in Cross River State.

SIS guarantees that the International Education Standards are brought within your grasp by having 100% success rates in both Cambridge IGCSEs and WASSCE exams and being an associate member of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA).

  1. Hillcrest College, Jos

The school was founded in 1942 as a non-profit day and boarding school for missionary children and other children who were willing. Today, the majority of students are from Nigeria, with a sizable contingent of international students.

Over the course of the year, Hillcrest College students have excelled in both international and external exams, earning the school a reputation for not only moral but also academic excellence. The school follows an American curriculum and is structured to prepare students academically so that they can succeed in American and European colleges and universities.

The school is one of Nigeria’s brightest, with students all over the world achieving great success in their various academic fields.

Hillcrest College is one of Nigeria’s top schools in 2021.

  1. The Vale College, Ibadan

On Monday, November 7, 1994, Solemilia Educational Trust founded The Vale College as a co-educational secondary school.

The Vale College has distinguished itself since its founding by offering a comprehensive education, as evidenced by the students we graduate each year, true to our watchword Character and Learning.

In 2021, the school is arguably one of Nigeria’s best campuses.

  1. The Ambassador Schools, Ogun State

The Ambassadors is one of the best schools in Nigeria in 2021, renowned for their students’ outstanding academic results, especially in the sciences.

The Ambassadors Schools began in September 1998 as a candlelight school and has since developed into a blaze that has created scholastic giants who can fit into every area of endeavor in the world.

The school’s graduates are some of Africa’s most vibrant, forward-thinking, smart, and savvy young men and women who are excelling in their various institutions of higher learning and beyond.

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  1. Preston International School, Akure

Preston International School is a co-educational Christian high school for boys and girls from all over the world that is multicultural, full-boarding, and co-educational. The school has a wide range of excellent facilities, including sporting and recreational facilities, that make life at school feel like home.

Preston International School students succeed in both internal and external exams, making it an outstanding option for parents who want nothing less than the best for their children’s academic careers.

  1. Crescent International School, Kano

Crescent International School will be one of Nigeria’s best schools in 2021.

The academic curriculum at CIS encourages academic achievement across the board. Students are guided by faculty members in mastering skills, gaining knowledge, and thinking critically, creatively, and independently. The school aspires to help students reach their full potential, not just academically, but also artistically, athletically, and morally, so that they can live responsible and satisfying lives.

The school’s unusually comprehensive and deep curriculum demonstrates academic excellence. Teachers meet students where they are and then challenge them to go further than they ever imagined.

  1. City of Knowledge Academy, Ogun state

The City of Knowledge Academy (CKA) is a global secondary school dedicated to providing young people with outstanding academic and leadership training.

Students at City of Knowledge Academy are living examples of the Academy’s vision and mission, as they continue to exceed all goals and predictions of excellence, learning, and all-around mental and physical growth that define our ethos. Their students’ achievements in the arts, sciences, athletics, and other extracurricular events, both within and outside the school, attest to the high standard of education they receive.

The school board is made up of seasoned, dedicated, and forward-thinking professionals who have a collective decade of experience to contribute to the school’s development.

  1. Princess Shekinah International School, Imo State

Princess Shekinah International School is a full-boarding, co-educational Christian secondary school on the outskirts of Owerri, the capital of Imo State in Nigeria’s southeast.

The school is well-positioned to provide high-quality international education in a purpose-built, stunning, tranquil campus with cutting-edge facilities.

Students hone athletic skills through healthy competition while also discovering the importance of hard work, discipline, teamwork, and sportsmanship as they compete for victory on and off the playing field, guided by a staff of highly qualified coaches.

  1. Master Care International School, Asaba

Mastercare International School is a co-educational boarding secondary school with a boarding facility that can accommodate up to 600 students.

A crèche and kindergarten, as well as a primary and secondary school, are all part of the school. The school has a reputation for academic and even non-academic success, which continues to draw hundreds of parents who want their children to attend the school.

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  1. Nigerian Tulip International College, Kaduna

Nigerian Tulip International College, with campuses in Kano, Kaduna, Lagos, Ogun, and Yobe, is consistently ranked as one of Nigeria’s top community colleges. By providing a healthy and supportive atmosphere for discovery and learning, as well as personal and professional development, the schools hope to prepare students to be future leaders.

Nigerian Tulip International College takes pride in its students’ unrivaled academic success, which they have maintained for many years. Alumni of the school have gone on to numerous top universities around the world.

  1. British Spring College, Akwa, Anambra

British Spring College was established as a private international school to offer a world-class education to children aged 10 to 18 through the use of cutting-edge technology. The school places a high value on unsurpassed quality in everything they do, resulting in enviable results for their students all over the world.

The school takes pride in allowing every student to succeed, reach their full potential, and graduate with a high level of qualification, fully prepared for life’s demands and exciting challenges.

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