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Top 10 Boarding Schools in Port Harcourt (2024)

Boarding schools are a special school system in which students are made to live onboard the premises of the school. This helps to eliminate the stress of a daily commute to school and back, especially when the school is located at a distance that is not deemed possible to cover within a reasonable time. A further plus is that boarding schools give the students the opportunity to interact with their mates beyond a classroom but in a community setting. When well managed, boarding schools can produce exceptionally well-grounded scholars, who are well socialized with people of all ethnicities, and who are prepared to contribute to the unity and betterment of society.

We now want to narrow our searchlight to the top boarding schools in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. This article will help to highlight the schools that are at the forefront when it comes to the delivery of high-quality secondary education, in which the students actually live onboard the campus of the school. Without any further ado, we now give you the top boarding schools in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.  

Top 10 Boarding Schools in Port Harcourt 2023

  • Charles Dale Memorial International School

School Address/ Location: No. 12 Army Range Road, Igwuruta-Eneka, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

Established: 2006

Information: mixed-sex, day and boarding

School Official Website:

School Contact Phone: 0803 859 8149

  • Ave Maria International Academy

School Address/ Location:: Opposite Deeper Life Bible Church Headquarters, East-West Road, Rumuodara, Rumudara, Port Harcourt, Rivers

School Contact Phone: 0808 222 7440

Established: 2016

Information: day and boarding, mixed-sex

School Official Website:

  • Marygold International School

School Address/ Location: 58 Station Road, Elelenwo, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

Established: 2002

School Official Website:

School Contact Phone: 0803 316 7499

  • Our Lady of Fatima College (Port Harcourt)

School Address/ Location:  200 Port Harcourt – Aba Expy, Port Harcourt

Founded: 1994 

Information: Roman Catholic, all-girls, boarding high school  

  • St. Mary’s Catholic Model High School

School Address/ Location:  33 Harbour Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

Information: Independent, mixed-sex, Day and Boarding

School Contact Phone: 0803 670 7135

School Official Website:

  • Norwegian International School Port Harcourt

School School Address/ Location:  Phase 3, Rumueme, 500272, 11 Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi Rd, GRA, Port Harcourt

School Contact Phone Number: 084 300 501

Founded: 1983

School Official School Official Website:

Information: mixed-sex, day and boarding

  • Saint Pius X College

School Address/ Location:  P.M.B. 4, Bodo City, Rivers State, Nigeria.

Information: Roman Catholic, Private, all-boys

School phone (+234) 81 60607005

School Official Website:

  • Tantua International Group of Schools

School Address/ Location: : Plot 2-6, 2nd Avenue Elekahia estate, Port Harcourt, Rivers State 500102, Nigeria

School Official Website:

School Contact Phone: 0803 309 0361

Information: mixed-sex, private, day and boarding

  • Topline Schools

School Address/ Location:  305, Eliminigwe Housing Estate, Elelenwo, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

Type Private, Mixed-sex, boarding and day

Established in 2007

School Official Website:

School Contact Phone: 0803 310 3099

  • Greenoak International School

School Address/ Location: 99, Tombia Road Extension, 3rd Street, GRA Phase, Port Harcourt

School Contact Phone: 0808 673 7401

Founded: 2004

School Official Website:

Information: private, mixed-sex, day and boarding

Top 10 Boarding Schools in Port Harcourt
Top 10 Boarding Schools in Port Harcourt

Those are some of the top boarding schools in Port Harcourt. Port Harcourt is the capital city of Rivers State. Let us now conclude with some basic information about rivers state and the strides in education that it has made recently.

Rivers State, which is also known simply as Rivers, is one of the 36 states of Nigeria. The state is geographically located in the south of the country. According to census data released in 2006, Rivers state has a population of about 5,185,400 people. That figure makes Rivers State the sixth-most populous state in the country of Nigeria. The capital of Rivers State, Port Harcourt is the largest city in the state, is economically significant as the centre of the oil industry in Nigeria.

 Rivers State has a total area of Area (km2): 11,077, and is bounded on the South by the Atlantic Ocean, to the North by Imo state, Abia State, and Anambra State. To the East, there is Akwa Ibom State and to the West, there are Bayelsa and Delta states. Rivers state is home to many indigenous ethnic groups: Ikwerre, Ibani, Opobo, Eleme, Okrika, and Kalabari, Etche, Ogba, Ogoni, Engenni, Obolo to name a few of the major ones. The people from Rivers State are sometimes known as “Riverians”. Apart from the oil, the state is also endowed with tropical rainforest; as well as ample land that is cultivated for agricultural purposes.

In the area of education, the state has been making strides some of which we will mention below.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has assured the good people of the Rivers state that the government under his leadership will reintroduce boarding schools with up to date facilities to improve the standard of education obtainable in the state.

The governor made the declaration when he spoke at the Government Girls Secondary School,  Rumuokuta in Obio / Akpor Local Government Area, of the Rivers State, on Wednesday when he paid an unscheduled visit to the school.

He regretted the state of disrepair in which facilities in most schools in the state happened to be, saying that his administration will select pilot schools across the state for an upgrade as model schools. He assured the people that the selection process would be fair and that all areas of the state would be carried along.

Governor Wike particularly regretted the condition of the Government Girls Secondary School, Rumuokuta where all the laboratories and their equipment were allowed to rot by the immediate past administration.

As a pre-emptive move, he ordered the immediate construction of a fence around the school and the demolition of all illegal structures within the property of the school.

The governor also ordered the construction of internal roads in the school, as the school had been selected to serve as a pilot institution in the new boarding school policy.

He said: “ We are going to start the development of model boarding schools across the Rivers State.  Our intention is to develop a standard school system that will boost learning for our children.

A major highpoint of the governor’s unscheduled visit to the school was the interactive session he held with students of the school, where he asked and answered questions, listened to them and making fatherly remarks. 


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