Cape Town Private Schools

Independent Schools in Cape Town

Many of the Cape Town private schools have 'open days' in their schools during the next weeks to welcome prospective new students and their parents. Cape Town Private Schools, which come highly recommended to us by expat families living in CapeTown, are listed here.

Often expats in South Africa prefer to send their children to private schools when being posted here. Some private (also called independent) schools offer boarding facilities while others might relate better to foreign curricula. Make sure to check out the schools' websites for more details. 

Going to school in Cape Town/South Africa

In general, private schools in South Africa offer a high standard in pre-school education for children from the age of three years onwards. At some schools, there are however different campuses for Pre-Primary School, Primary School and High Schools in Cape Town so be prepared to travel to different school complexes for your children.

School fees vary widely, expect to pay between R25,000 and R80,000 on average for tuition per school year. Often extra annual fees, exam fees and levies apply. School transport is not regularly organised by the schools, so make sure you enquire about reliable lift clubs.

Read our tips for finding the right school in Cape Town here.

Cape Town Private Schools:
Southern Suburbs

Springfield Convent School, Wynberg:

Only Girls, Catholic, Nursery School - Matric

Star College, Sybrand Park:

Co-ed Pre-Primary and Primary, Girls only in High School - up to Grade 10 in 2016

Star College, Bridgetown:

Co-ed Primary Grades R - 2, Boys only in High School - Grades 8 - 12, with hostel facilities for HS boys

Herschel Girls School, Claremont:

Only Girls, Anglican, Grade 000 – Matric

Bishops Diocesan College in Rondebosch:

Only Boys, Anglican, Pre-Preparatory - Matric

St Joseph’s Marist College in Rondebosch:

Co-educational, Catholic School, Grade Pre-Primary – Matric with special needs unit for 12-20 year old students.

Reddam House in Constantia:

Co-educational, non-denominational, from Age 3 – Matric, IEB exams

Constantia Waldorf School:

Rudolf Steiner School, co-educational, from Playschool – Grade 13

Auburn House Montessori School:

Montessori School in Wynberg. Co-educational, Age 3 – Grade 7. 

Cedar House High School in Kenilworth:

Co-educational, non-denominational, IEB exams, Grade 8-12

HoutBay International School in Hout Bay:

Co-educational, non-denominational, from Age 3 - Matric, British National Curriculum (International Cambridge Curriculum with IGCSE and International Baccalaureat (IB), IB World school

Central Cape Town Independent Schools

Reddam House in Greenpoint:

Co-educational, non-denominational, from Age 3 – Matric, IEB exams

St Cyprian’s School, Oranjezicht:

Only Girls, Christian, from Grade 000 - Matric. Member of Round Square . With boarding school.

Herzlia Schools in Cape Town:

Herzlia High School located in Highlands Estate, co-educational, Jewish, Grade 8-12,  Please check the website, there are several other Herzlia Jewish Schools in Cape Town from Grade 0 to Matric.

St Georges Grammar School in Mowbray/Cape Town:

Co-educational, Anglican, Grade Pre-R-Matric

Abotts College:

Schools in Claremont and Century Gate, co-educational, non-denominational, Grade 10-12

Cape Town German School in Tamboerskloof:

Deutsche Internationale Schule Kapstadt DSK. Co-educational, non-denominational, bilingual German/English, non-denominational, from Grade 1 - Grade 12, German and English Streams from Grade 10. German Realschulabschluss or Abitur as well as IEB NSC Matric exams. With boarding school, after school club

Cape Town French School in Seapoint and Gardens:

Ecole Francaise du Cap "Francois le Vaillant". Co-educational, from Ecole Maternelle/Age 2 – Grade 12. Bilingual instruction. DNB offered at Grade 9 and French Baccalaureat at Grade 12. On two Campuses: Primary School in Seapoint, High School in Gardens

Cape Town Private Schools:
Northern Suburbs

Chesterhouse International School in Durbanville:

Co-educational, Christian ethos, from Grade 00– Matric, Cambridge Certificate (incl. A-Level)

Curro Private School Durbanville:

Co-educational, Christian, from Grade R– Matric, IEB exams, Parallel medium Afrikaans/English up to Grade 9

DSK German School in Parow:

Co-educational, non-denominational, Grade 1-4, Language of instruction: German, after school club

El Shaddai Christian School in Durbanville:

Co-educational, Christian, from Grade 00– Matric

Chameleons Montessori School, Durbanville Hills:

Cape Town Montessori School at Nitida Wine Estate, co-educational for children from Preschool to 12 years.

More info on the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town

Cape Town Private Schools:
Century City, Table View, Blouberg

Blouberg International School:

Co-educational, non-denominational, from pre-reception (Age 3) to Grade 12, British National Curriculum (International Cambridge Curriculum with IGCSE, AS-level, A-level exams), after school and holiday club

Cape Town Studies in Table View:

Co-educational, non-denominational, Grades 8 to 12

Christian Brother's College in Parklands:

Co-educational, Catholic, Grades 00 to 12, aftercare

Curro Private School in Century City:

Co-educational, Christian, from Age 4 – Grade 7 (for 2015), IEB exams, after school and holiday club

Elkanah House in Sunningdale/Blouberg:

Co-educational, non-denominational, from Age 3 – Matric, IEB exams, after school and holiday club

Parklands College:

Co-educational, non-denominational, from 18 months – Grade 12, Three campuses in Parklands (Nursery, Pre-School and Junior School) and Sandown (Highschool), aftercare

More info on Blouberg/Blaauwberg

Private Schools in Somerset West

Helderberg International College:

Co-educational, non-denominational, from Age 3 - Matric, British National Curriculum (International Cambridge Curriculum with IGCSE, AS-level, A-level)

Somerset College:

Co-educational, Christian, from Grade 000 – Matric, IEB exams. With boarding school

Cape Town Private School:
in the Cape Winelands

Bridge House School near Franschhoek:

Co-educational, non-denominational, from Grade 00 – Matric, IEB exams. With boarding school

Stellenbosch Waldorf School:

Co-educational, non-denominational, from Age 2 – Matric, aftercare

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Disclaimer: The listing above is a list of Cape Town Private Schools which were recommended to ExpatCapeTown by locals and expats.

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