Expat schools in the Southern Suburbs

 

I don’t consider myself a guru on schools.  Im not one of those mums who the kids name registered with the school from before birth, but I do care and I have spent A LOT of time visiting schools, talking to other mums, talking to teachers… and dare I say the gypsy in me means that my kids have been to a fair few of those schools too.

Firstly schools are divided into roughly three sets.

  • Private Schools

  • State schools which are model C schools – they usually have better facilities and mostly require a higher contribution than other state schools.

  • State schools

The cost different from 1 to another isn’t huge.  The top state schools at the time of writing are approx 5000 rand a month for Grade R but the Model C school my son goes to is 4000.   The Model C school near us that I aspire for my daughter to go to is 2000, and non model C schools will usually be under the 2K mark.

Private

  • Bishops (boys) – Rondebosch – Primary and Secondary. Very posh, very expensive, get your name down from birth be prepared to buy a library to get in :o)

  • Reddam (Coed) – Tokai (they call it Constantia but it really isn’t)  Pre prim up to Secondary. Open, friendly, american in style in that its less traditional, open warm facilities (lots of facilities) Lots of friends that go there, it s a great school but costs a lot.

  • WPPS (boys) –  Claremont  – Primary to Secondary – one of the traditional schools. Name down from birth. Very well thought of.

  • Herschels (girls) -Claremont – Primary to Secondary – one of the traditional schools. Name down from birth. Very well thought of

  • Springfield Convent (girls) – Rondebosch – Primary to Secondary – Catholic school. Name down from birth. Very well thought of

  • Herzlia (Coed) – Constantia – Primary – Ill be honest, I know the least about this school as its primarily for children of the Jewish faith, although they welcome all.  I have heard only very good things about the school.

Model C

  • SACS (Boys) – Newlands – Primary to Secondary – Traditional school as well thought of as the private schools Apply year boys turn 4. Hard to get into. They look at old boys, then siblings then its basically a free for all.  Being in the catchment area will definitely help.

  • Rondebosch Boys (boys) – Rondebosch – Primary to Secondary – Traditional schools as well thought of as the private schools. Apply year boys turn 4.  They go on catchment. Meet the admissions lady, get a map and move into the area,  Not in the area then if you aren’t a sibling or old boy, forget it.

  • Wynberg Boys (boys) – Wynberg – Primary to Secondary – Traditional school. Apply year boys turn 4. Usually go on catchment but it is possible to get a place if you live outside the area.

  • Wynberg Girls (girls) – Wynberg – Primary to Secondary – Traditional school, reputation is better than that of the boys. Apply year girl turns 4. usually go on catchment.

  • Rustenburg (girls) – Rondebosch – Primary to Secondary – Traditional school, very well thought of. Considered sister school to SACS. Apply year girls turn 4.Hard to get into Old girls/ Siblings.  Catchment helps, but isn’t a definite.  If you have an answer let me know as Id love my daughter to go there.

  • Sweet Valley(Coed) – Sweet Valley/Bergvliet  – Primary only – Great reputation, doesn’t have the traditional status of the other schools but arguably better facilities and at least as good results in academics and sports.  Grade R impossible to get into if you aren’t a sibling but high chance of getting in if you live in the catchment.

  • Westerford (Coed) – Newlands – Secondary only – I dont know loads about the admissions but Ive heard its a great school. A natural sucessor to some of these great primary schools.

  • Sun Valley (Coed) – Sun Valley, South Pen – bit of a curve ball given that its all the way over in the South Peninsula but Sun Valley has an amazing reputation.  its head Gavin Keller (google him) is all but a celebrity and is revolutionizing education in his schools, his most famous indication of this is the eradication of homework in Sun Valley school. Worth checking out.

Thats all folks.  Im sure there’s a load Ive missed, so let me know if so….

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