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Orthodox Schools in Lebanon : 1.1% of Lebanese students attend Orthodox Schools

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There are 15 schools affiliated with the Orthodox Church in Lebanon, three private- free schools, and 12
private non-free schools. Accordingly, Orthodox schools make up 0.54% of the total number of schools in
Lebanon. Also, Orthodox schools take in 10,812 students. In other words, 1.18 % of Lebanese students
attend Orthodox Schools.

1- Private- Free Schools

The three private- free Orthodox schools are located in Beirut, A’aley and Zahleh. They take in 365 students.
This number is relatively low compared to the total number of private-free schools in Lebanon, as shown in
Table no.1.

Private-free schools in Lebanon and Private-Free Orthodox schools Table 1
# of Orthodox private and free schools 3
# of private and free schools in Lebanon 364
Percentage 0.82%
# of students in Orthodox private and free schools 365
# of students in all private and free schools 115,254
Percentage 0.31%
Source : The Monthly : Information International based on statistics issued by the Educational Center for Research and Development 2006-2007

2- Private Orthodox Schools

There are 12 private Orthodox schools all across Lebanon, located according to the following distribution:
Beirut (4 schools), North Lebanon (7 schools) and South (one school). Approximately 10,447
students attend Orthodox schools: 3,064 students in Beirut, 7, 282 students in the North and 101 students
in the South.

Table no.2 shows private and non-free schools in Lebanon including those affiliated with the Orthodox
Church.

Private non-free schools in Lebanon including those affiliated with the Orthodox Church Table 1
# of Orthodox private schools with fees 12
# of private schools with fees 1,025
Percentage 1.17%
# of students in Orthodox private schools with fees 10,447
# of students in all private schools with fees 417,409
Percentage 2.5%
Source : The Monthly : Information International based on statistics issued by the Educational Center for Research and Development 2006-2007

Based on the above numbers Orthodox educational institutions, which admit both Christian and Muslim
students, do not occupy a prominent position in the Lebanese educational sector. There are only a few
Orthodox Church- affiliated schools and the students attending them are not too many compared to other
institutions.
Hence, 0.5 % of schools in Lebanon are affiliated with the Orthodox Church and 1.1% of students in
Lebanon attend those schools.