Cape Town International Schools - School Guide and Fees 2016/2017

Finding the right international school education in South Africa can be quite a challenge

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 provide an international perspective.

International Schools in Cape Town - What you should know

Various international schools offer primary and secondary school education for 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 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.

Why choose an international school?

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 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 put your child in either a school offering teaching in your mother tongue or a English-medium school as this helps your child when your next move comes up again.

Cape Town International Schools - School Fees 2016/2017

• American International School of Cape Town (AISCT)

The American School in Cape Town is located in Constantia. Tuition Fees: from R43,000/p.a. up to R114,000/p.a. - Application Fee: R850 - Seat Deposit Fee: R5 000 - Annual Capital Charge: R25,000 (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 R40,850/p.a. up to R85,500/p.a. - Registration Fees: from R300 - Placement Fee: From R4,300 (non-refundable)

• Deutsche Internationale Schule Kapstadt (DSK)

The German International School located in Tamboerskloof. Tuition Fees: from R43,000/p.a. - Application Fee: R300 - Deposit: from R4 000 (refundable) - Development Levy: from R4 000 (non-refundable). A satellite campus, primary school years 1-4 is located in Tygerberg/Parow. German Abitur and South African IEB-NSC exams.

• Ecole Francaise du Cap

You will find the French International School's High School in Gardens and the Primary School in Seapoint. Tuition Fees: from R49,678/p.a. up to R77,000/p.a. - Registration Fee: R5 000 (non-refundable) tbc. Their school year has three terms. Cambridge Curriculum and French National Curriculum

Cambridge International Schools - Cape Town International Schools

• South African College School (SACS)

Located in Newlands, one of the most prestigious schools in Cape Town. Tuition Fees: from R34,000p.a. 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.

• Blouberg International School

Located in Parklands. Tuition Fees: from R35,950/p.a. up to R48,000/p.a. - Application Fee: R300 - Registration Fee: R5,500 (non-refundable), Deposit: R15,000. This school belongs to the IES Schools group. Cambridge Curriculum.

• Generation School

Located in Sunningdale, a new school in the Blouberg area with pre-primary and primary school. Tuition Fees: from R26,400/p.a. up to R48,000/p.a. (full-day)- Registration Fee: R2,000 - Placement Fee: 2,000 (non-refundable), Annual level: R800. Cambridge Curriculum.

• Helderberg International School 

This Cambridge International School is situated in Somerset West. Tuition Fees: from R22,000/p.a. up to R50,000/p.a. - Application Fee: R300 - Registration Fee: R3 500 (non-refundable) - Deposit: R5,000 refundable. IES School. Cambridge Curriculum.

• Hout Bay International School 

Located in Hout Bay. Tuition Fees from R33,500/p.a. up to R88,500/p.a. - Application Fee: R500 - Registration Fee: R5,500 (non-refundable) - Deposit: R15,000 (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 32,700/p.a. up to R76,860p.a.- Registration Fee: R500 - Entrance Fee: From R4,000 up to 20,000 (non-refundable). Cambridge Curriculum with IGCSE and AS/A-level

• El Shaddai Christian School 

Independent School in Durbanville/Northern Suburbs with Cambridge curriculum. Tuition Fees:  From R20,152/p.a. up to R49,500p.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 August 2016 from the various schools' websites. 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!

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