Looking for Cape Town international schools? You will be surprised to find several international schools in the Cape Town area, however, you need to know that some are more 'international' than others.
On our schools listing, you will find updated information on the fees of the schools in the Mother City that adhere to a foreign curriculum or are advertising as 'international schools' as they might try to provide an international perspective.
Various schools offer primary and secondary school education for international children, in general from pre-school to final school leaving exams. Some offer also pre-school education and kindergarten facilities at either the same premises as the primary school or collaborate with a variety of approved pre-primary care centers.
School fees for the Cape Town international schools vary widely. In many schools, siblings discounts and discounts for annual payment are available. Keep in mind, that at some schools also charge seperate fees for textbooks and school outings. School transport facilities might not always be readily available. Charges for external after-school care programmes may apply as various schools do not include full day tuition and only offer morning classes. Occasionally holiday clubs are offered. And please remember, most schools in Souths Africa ask for a registration and admin fee when providing acceptance letters for your study visa application. Deposits, which are sometimes refundable, apply at all Cape Town international schools. All foreign students, without having permanent residency or citizenship in South Africa, must apply for a study visa. Read more here.
International schools offer internationally highly recognised exams and diplomas such as the International Baccalaureate (IB), the International Cambridge exams (IGCSE and AS/A levels), the German Abitur, French Baccalaureate, or other similarly recognised school leaver's certificates.
These schools often provide a multicultural environment where usually many third culture kids (TCKs) are pupils. Children can often interact with classmates from their home country or other expat kids, sometimes it is even possible to communicate also in their mother tongue. Remember, that a child usually acclimatizes faster and you as parent get to meet other parents who have similar backgrounds, interest and experiences.
The transferability of international curriculum makes further relocations easier and will provide the continuity in education which many expats require. It is generally highly recommended to register an expat child in a school offering teaching in your mother tongue or your home country's curriculum. Alternatively it is recommended to have the child attend an international school that teaches the highly recognised Cambridge International curriculum as this will help your child when your next international move comes up again.
The American School in Cape Town is located in Constantia. Tuition Fees: from R61 504/p.a. up to R147 843/p.a. - Application Fee: R1 000 - Seat Deposit Fee: R15 000 - Annual Capital Charge: R35 000 (non-refundable). American Curriculum and American school year starting in September!
• International School of Cape Town (ISCT)
This school is located in Wynberg. Tuition Fees: from R52 497/p.a. up to R113 355/p.a. - Placement Fee: From R8 500 (non-refundable), additional text book levy and exam fees apply
The German International School located in Tamboerskloof. Tuition Fees: from R58 000/p.a. - Application Fee: R500 - Deposit: from R6 000 (refundable) - Development Levy: from R6 000 (non-refundable). A satellite campus, primary school years 1-4 is located in Tygerberg/Parow. German Abitur and South African IEB-NSC exams.
You will find the French International School's High School in Gardens and the Primary School in Seapoint. Tuition Fees: from R60 000/p.a. up to R112 000/p.a. - Registration Fee: R12 350 (non-refundable) - Deposit: R10 000 (refundable). Their school year has three school terms. Cambridge Curriculum and French National Curriculum - The French school starts the first trimester in September!
Located in Newlands, one of the most prestigious schools in Cape Town. Tuition Fees: from R47 150 p.a. - Development fund levy R2 500. - various levies apply - AS/A Levels are only provided to SACS students who start their AS/A level course in Grade 10 and write A levels in May of the Grade 12 Year. National CAPS curriculum in Grades 1- 9, Cambridge Curriculum only for AS/A levels. Boarding Facilities.
Located in Parklands. Tuition Fees: from R38 400/p.a. up to R66 397/p.a. - Application Fee: R300 - Registration Fee: R5 500 (non-refundable), Deposit: R15 000. This school belongs to the IES Schools group (with Helderberg and Hout Bay schools). Cambridge Curriculum.
Located in Sunningdale, a new school in the Blouberg area with pre-primary and primary school. Tuition Fees: from R33 600/p.a. up to R74 400/p.a. (full-day)- Registration Fee: R400 (non-refundable) - Placement Fee: 4 500 (non-refundable), Annual levy: From R950. Cambridge Curriculum.
• Helderberg International School
This Cambridge International School is situated in Somerset West. Tuition Fees: from R34 200/p.a. up to R67 622/p.a. - Application Fee: R300 - Registration Fee: R3 500 (non-refundable) - Deposit: R7 500 refundable. IES School (with Blouberg and Hout Bay). Cambridge Curriculum.
Located in Hout Bay. Tuition Fees from R42 000/p.a. up to R119 638/p.a. - Application Fee: R800 - Registration Fee: R5 500 (non-refundable) - Deposit: R20 000/25 000 (refundable). This school belongs to the IES Schools group and is a registered IB school. Cambridge Curriculum with IGCSE and IB (International Baccalaureate) diplomas in Year 12/13.
• Reddam Durbanville (formerly Chesterhouse International School)
Independent School in Durbanville/Northern Suburbs with Cambridge curriculum. Tuition Fees: From R 38 333/p.a. up to R91 016p.a.- Registration Fee: tbc - Entrance Fee: tbc - up to 20,000 (non-refundable) Please enquire with the school. Cambridge Curriculum with IGCSE and AS/A-level
Independent School in Durbanville/Northern Suburbs with Cambridge curriculum. Tuition Fees: From R27 060/p.a. up to R65 274p.a. Cambridge Curriculum with IGCSE in Grade 10/11 and AS levels in Grade 12.
-Note: This information on fees of Cape Town International Schools was retrieved in March 2019. Disclaimer: Please refer to the schools should you have any queries in regards to curriculum and available courses and subjects. Beware that South African schools standards vary widely. If you require further info, please do contact the Cape Town international schools listed here directly and mention that you found the school on ExpatCapeTown. Thanks!