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.
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.
Springfield Convent School, Wynberg: www.springfieldconvent.co.za
Only Girls, Catholic, Nursery School - Matric
Star College, Sybrand Park: www.starcollegecpt.co.za
Co-ed Pre-Primary and Primary, Girls only in High School - up to Grade 10 in 2016
Star College, Bridgetown: www.starcollegecpt.co.za
Co-ed Primary Grades R - 2, Boys only in High School - Grades 8 - 12, with hostel facilities for HS boys
Herschel Girls School, Claremont: www.herschel.org.za
Only Girls, Anglican, Grade 000 – Matric
Bishops Diocesan College in Rondebosch: www.bishops.org.za
Only Boys, Anglican, Pre-Preparatory - Matric
St Joseph’s Marist College in Rondebosch: www.maristsj.co.za
Co-educational, Catholic School, Grade Pre-Primary – Matric with special needs unit for 12-20 year old students.
Reddam House in Constantia: www.reddamhouse.co.za
Co-educational, non-denominational, from Age 3 – Matric, IEB exams
Constantia Waldorf School: www.waldorfconstantia.org.za
Rudolf Steiner School, co-educational, from Playschool – Grade 13
Auburn House Montessori School: www.aburnhouse.co.za
Montessori School in Wynberg. Co-educational, Age 3 – Grade 7.
Cedar House High School in Kenilworth: www.cedarhouse.co.za
Co-educational, non-denominational, IEB exams, Grade 8-12
HoutBay International School in Hout Bay: www.houtbay.iesedu.com
Co-educational, non-denominational, from Age 3 - Matric, British National Curriculum (International Cambridge Curriculum with IGCSE and International Baccalaureat (IB), IB World school
Reddam House in Greenpoint: www.ReddamHouse.org.za
Co-educational, non-denominational, from Age 3 – Matric, IEB exams
St Cyprian’s School, Oranjezicht: www.stcyprians.co.za
Only Girls, Christian, from Grade 000 - Matric. Member of Round Square . With boarding school.
Herzlia Schools in Cape Town: www.herzlia.com
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: www.sggs.co.za
Co-educational, Anglican, Grade Pre-R-Matric
Abotts College: www.abbotts.co.za.
Schools in Claremont and Century Gate, co-educational, non-denominational, Grade 10-12
Cape Town German School in Tamboerskloof: www.dsk.co.za
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: www.ecolefrancaiseducap.org
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
Chesterhouse International School in Durbanville: www.chesterhouse.co.za
Co-educational, Christian ethos, from Grade 00– Matric, Cambridge Certificate (incl. A-Level)
Curro Private School Durbanville: http://durbanville.curro.co.za/
Co-educational, Christian, from Grade R– Matric, IEB exams, Parallel medium Afrikaans/English up to Grade 9
DSK German School in Parow: www.dsk.co.za
Co-educational, non-denominational, Grade 1-4, Language of instruction: German, after school club
El Shaddai Christian School in Durbanville: www.escs.org.za
Co-educational, Christian, from Grade 00– Matric
Chameleons Montessori School, Durbanville Hills: www.chameleonsmontessori.co.za
Cape Town Montessori School at Nitida Wine Estate, co-educational for children from Preschool to 12 years.
Blouberg International School: www.blouberginternational.co.za
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: www.cstprivateschool.com
Co-educational, non-denominational, Grades 8 to 12
Christian Brother's College in Parklands: www.cbcstjohns.co.za
Co-educational, Catholic, Grades 00 to 12, aftercare
Curro Private School in Century City: www.curro.co.za
Co-educational, Christian, from Age 4 – Grade 7 (for 2015), IEB exams, after school and holiday club
Elkanah House in Sunningdale/Blouberg: www.elkanah.co.za
Co-educational, non-denominational, from Age 3 – Matric, IEB exams, after school and holiday club
Parklands College: www.parklands.co.za
Co-educational, non-denominational, from 18 months – Grade 12, Three campuses in Parklands (Nursery, Pre-School and Junior School) and Sandown (Highschool), aftercare
Helderberg International College: www.helderberg.iesedu.com
Co-educational, non-denominational, from Age 3 - Matric, British National Curriculum (International Cambridge Curriculum with IGCSE, AS-level, A-level)
Somerset College: www.somersetcollege.co.za
Co-educational, Christian, from Grade 000 – Matric, IEB exams. With boarding school
Bridge House School near Franschhoek: www.bridgehouse.org.za
Co-educational, non-denominational, from Grade 00 – Matric, IEB exams. With boarding school
Stellenbosch Waldorf School: www.waldorfschool.org.za
Co-educational, non-denominational, from Age 2 – Matric, aftercare
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