Top 10 Best Secondary Schools in Nigeria Currently

In this article, we shall be looking at the top 10 best secondary schools in Nigeria currently. It is often said in Nigeria that education is the best legacy that you can give your child. Victor Hugo once famously declared that He who opens a school door, closes a prison. This is right in the long run in that, when you give a child quality education, they are better placed to become positive influences in their surrounding environment and the world that they live in generally, and as they grow and develop physically and mentally, they are primed to take on the role of leaders of tomorrow, transforming into leaders of their day when the time comes.

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Some of the leading secondary schools in the country presently are rightly regarded as top quality because they ensure that their students are well taken care of in environments with state of the art infrastructure that favours a conducive and serene learning atmosphere, they employ highly qualified teachers that are of a proven standard, they make use of impressive school curricular and they favour co-curricular activities.

It is important to note that before you decide on any of the choicest secondary schools in Nigeria that you would like your child or ward to attend, you must have taken out your time to carry out a proper assessment of the school and arrived at your own conclusion so that you can be guided properly on which is best for your child or ward.

Without further ado, let us find out what the top 10 foremost and elite secondary schools in Nigeria are presently. Mind you that the majority of the schools listed here are some of the most expensive secondary schools in Nigeria today.


Below are listed the top 10 best and elite secondary schools in Nigeria in no particular order presently:

#1. The American International School, Victoria Island, Lagos

This secondary school was founded in 1964 and it is located in Victoria Island, Lagos. It is a mixed school for boys and girls and it is modelled according to the American school curriculum. The school accepts students from all over the world and gives them education of the highest quality. Their aim is to provide an exemplary American educational experience with an international perspective that will lead to global opportunities for their students.

#2. Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja

One of the most popular schools in Nigeria, Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja is a top christian secondary school in the country and a part of the worldwide Jesuit Schools operated by the Society of Jesus.

Loyola Jesuit College is a co-educational boarding secondary school. The college opened in 1996, and currently has over 600 students in JSS1 to SSS3. It is a full boarding school which sits on a beautiful 28.5-hectare site in the village of Gidan Mangoro, Abuja.

The school provides an atmosphere conducive to focused learning. Spacious athletic fields, a stream that runs alongside the property, and creatively designed buildings that complement the natural beauty of the landscape help to make it a beautiful and effective educational learning environment.

#3. British International School, Victoria Island, Lagos

British International School was established in 2001 and it is one of the top multinational, co-educational  secondary schools in Nigeria. It models its curriculum according to the British style of teaching, and it is both a day and boarding school. BIS is one of the most expensive schools in Lagos and Nigeria at large.

#4. Lekki British School, Lekki, Lagos

Another secondary school that is modelled according to the British school system, using the British school curriculum, Lekki British School, not to be confused with British International School, is one of the most sort after schools in the country today.

The school is an international school which provides the highest possible standards of education to their students. Established in September 2000, it sits on a 25-acre campus within the Lekki Peninsula, in Lagos State and it is the first British Boarding school in Lagos and also one of the most expensive secondary schools in the country presently.

#5. Atlantic Hall School, Epe, Lagos

Established in 1989 by the Atlantic Hall Educational Trust Council, and located in Epe on the Island of Lagos, Atlantic Hall is a co-educational full-boarding secondary school which is committed to providing a well-rounded education, guided by a committed faculty and outstanding pastoral care.

It is one of the top christian secondary schools in Nigeria which has a dual curriculum pathway to teach both the Nigerian and International (IGCSE) programmes. This is to enable the possible migration of graduates to alternative international education systems and wider enrichment.

#6. Citadel International College, Ondo State

Citadel International College is located in Ikare-Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria. It provides students with full boarding and day facilities, employing teachers of high quality to impart sound knowledge to their students. The school sits on a serene environment that aids learning and makes it fun.

#7. Lumen Christi International High School, Edo State

Located in Uromi, Edo State, Nigeria, Lumen Christi International High School is a school that every child would love to attend. The School is a Christian Secondary School which was founded in 1986 and has continued to provide quality education till date. The school provides an enabling environment and a conducive atmosphere to enhance the creative potentials of all participants to the benefit of their students.

#8. Christ the King College, Onitsha, Anambra State

Christ the King College, Onitsha, popularly known as CKC Onitsha is an all boys secondary school in Anambra State, Nigeria. It is one of the best and oldest secondary schools in Nigeria that has been in existence since 1933.

In 2014, it was ranked the best high school in the country and 36th overall among the top 100 secondary schools in Africa. The school aims to facilitate, nurture and instill in the youths a thirst for goodness, discipline and knowledge based on Roman Catholic moral principles, in preparation their future.

#9. Kaduna International School, Kaduna State

Founded in 1985, and located in Badarawa, Kaduna State, Kaduna International School was formerly known as Aisha Mohammed International School. It is a fully accredited International School belonging to AISA and COBIS. Kaduna International School has been running a dual curriculum: British National and Nigerian, since inception and it is set in beautiful and serene surroundings which support learning.

KIS is an Educational trust, making it a non-profit organisation. It supports the less privileged local schools in its surrounding environment with donations and collaborations all in a bid to provide excellent education for the children in the community.

#10. Igbinedion Education Centre, Benin City, Edo State

This is one of the best secondary schools in Nigeria, located in Benin City which was founded by Sir Gabriel Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin Kingdom in 1990. The school has a proven track record of academic excellence and incorporates high international standards for its students.

Other worthy mentions, include:

  • Atlantic Hall School, Epe, Lagos
  • Grange School, Ikeja, Lagos
  • King’s College, Lagos
  • Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos
  • Hillcrest School, Jos
  • Mea Mater Elizabeth High School, Enugu
  • Mater Christi Girls High School, Ekiti
  • Caleb British International School, Lekki, Lagos.
  • Whitesands School, Lagos

The Author

Maduawuchi Obialo

Maduawuchi Obialo is the founder of Nigerian Guide and an Editor at Nigerian Infopedia. He is a professional Web Content Developer and a Biochemist.

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