Cape Town private schools cater well for the international community as do international schools and some excellent public schools in the Mother City. Private schools in Cape Town are called independent schools. Most of them offer specific 'open days' during the school terms to welcome prospective new students and their parents and show them around their facilities. Others will have arrange private tours for interested parents and their children. Remember that if your family is here on a temporary residency visa, your child must have a valid study visa from age 6 before being able to start schooling in South Africa - whether at a public school or a private school. Read more in our visa section.
Most independent 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 different campuses for Pre-Primary School, Primary School and High Schools in Cape Town catering for children from different age groups, so be prepared to travel to different school complexes for your children.
Many expats in Cape Town prefer to send their children to private schools in and around Cape Town due to the fact that international families are usually well catered for. Some private schools even offer boarding facilities while others might relate to foreign curricula. Make sure to check out the schools' websites for more details and also see our special page about international schools in Cape Town here.
Cape Town Private Schools: Attending School in Cape Town/South Africa
School fees vary widely, expect to pay between R40,000 and R150,000 on average for tuition per school year - costs are very much depending on age and grade level.
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.
Below find our listing of private schools, which come highly recommended to us by expat families living in CapeTown.
American International School, Constantia: www.aisct.org
Bishops Diocesan College in Rondebosch: www.bishops.org.za
International School of Cape Town, Wynberg: www.isct.co.za
Herschel Girls School, Claremont: www.herschel.org.za
Reddam House in Constantia: www.reddamhouse.co.za
Springfield Convent School, Wynberg: www.springfieldconvent.co.za
Star College, Bridgetown: www.starcollegecpt.co.za
Star College, Sybrand Park: www.starcollegecpt.co.za
St Joseph’s Marist College in Rondebosch: www.maristsj.co.za
Constantia Waldorf School: www.waldorfconstantia.org.za
Auburn House Montessori School: www.aburnhouse.co.za
Cedar House High School in Kenilworth: www.cedarhouse.co.za
Hout Bay International School in Hout Bay: www.houtbay.iesedu.com
Reddam House in Greenpoint: www.ReddamHouse.org.za
St Cyprian’s School, Oranjezicht: www.stcyprians.co.za
Herzlia Schools in Cape Town: www.herzlia.com
St Georges Grammar School in Mowbray/Cape Town: www.sggs.co.za
Abotts College: www.abbotts.co.za.
Cape Town German School in Tamboerskloof: www.dsk.co.za
Cape Town French School in Seapoint and Gardens: www.ecolefrancaiseducap.org
Chesterhouse International School in Durbanville: www.chesterhouse.co.za
Curro Private School Durbanville: durbanville.curro.co.za
DSK German School in Parow: www.dsk.co.za
El Shaddai Christian School in Durbanville: www.escs.org.za
Chameleons Montessori School, Durbanville Hills: www.chameleonsmontessori.co.za
Blouberg International School: www.blouberginternational.co.za
Cape Town Studies in Table View: www.cstprivateschool.com
Christian Brother's College in Parklands: www.cbcstjohns.co.za
Curro Private School in Century City: www.curro.co.za
Curro Private School in Sandown/Blouberg: www.curro.co.za
Elkanah House in Sunningdale/Blouberg: www.elkanah.co.za
Parklands College: www.parklands.co.za
Curro Private School in Sitari Country Estate: www.curro.co.za
Helderberg International School: www.helderberg.iesedu.com
Reddam House in Somerset West: www.ReddamHouse.org.za
Somerset College: www.somersetcollege.co.za
Bridge House School near Franschhoek: www.bridgehouse.org.za
Stellenbosch Waldorf School: www.waldorfschool.org.za
Disclaimer: The listing above is a list of Cape Town Private Schools which were recommended to ExpatCapeTown by locals and expats. If you contact any of the schools please tell them you heard about them from my site. It will help spread the word and the schools surely will be willingly adding more info here too. Thanks a lot. All information and school fees have been taken from the respective school’s websites, and are subject to annual rate increases. Please contact the Cape Town private schools directly with any questions or regarding costs for the next school year.