Private Schools in Johannesburg

May 9, 2011

*** Updated October 2015 ***

I've previously spoken about South African Schools in general, and which factors expats should take into consideration when choosing a school for their children. Now it's time to look at specific schools.

Below you will find an alphabetical listing of private schools in Johannesburg, followed by the same list of schools grouped by suburb including a map.

Also make sure you read all the footnotes explaining important facts about the South African school system, visa requirements, and more.


Private Schools in Johannesburg - Alphabetical Listing


American International School of Johannesburg
http://www.aisj-jhb.com/
Northern Suburbs, Pretoria, Co-ed, Pre-K to 12, Founded 1982 (offers American High School diploma and/or International Baccalaureate, no matric, follows American school year)

Auckland Park Preparatory School
http://apps.co.za/
Melville, Girls only, K-7, Christian, Founded 1921

Beaulieu College
Kyalami/Midrand, Co-ed, Pre-K to 12, offers Equine Studies, Founded 1996

Bellavista School
Birdhaven, Co-Ed, K-7, Special Needs

Brescia House School
http://www.brescia.co.za/
Bryanston, Girls only, K-12, Catholic, Founded 1966

British International College
http://www.bicollege.co.za/
Bryanston, Pretoria, Co-ed, K-12, (offers Cambridge A-Level examinations, follows South African school year)

Charterhouse School
http://www.charterhouse.co.za/
Roodepoort, Co-ed, K-7, (SA curriculum plus Cambridge International Primary Programme; Cambridge exams in Grade 6)

Crawford Schools
http://www.crawfordschools.co.za/
Sandton, Fourways, Lonehill, Bedfordview, Pretoria (all owned by AdvTech), Pre-K to 12, Founded 1993

Christian Brothers College (CBC)
http://www.cbc.org.za/
Boksburg, Boys only, Pre-K to 12, Boarding (since 2013) and Day, Catholic, Founded 1935

Dainfern College
Dainfern College
http://www.dainferncollege.co.za/
Dainfern, Co-ed, K-12, Christian Ethos, Founded 1997

Deutsche Internationale Schule Johannesburg
http://www.dsj.co.za/
Parktown, Pretoria, Co-ed, Pre-K to 12, Bilingual German/English, Founded 1890 (offers dual track South African matric and German Abitur, follows South African school year)

Grayston Preparatory
http://www.graystonprep.co.za/
Sandown,Co-ed, Pre-K to 7, Private since 1994, Founded as Government School 1977

Heronbridge College
http://www.heronbridgecollege.co.za/
10 km north of Fourways, Co-ed, Pre-K to 12, Christian, Founded 2001

Holy Rosary School
http://www.holyrosaryschool.co.za/
Edenvale, Girls only, Pre-K to 12, Catholic, Founded 1940

Japanese School of Johannesburg
http://www.jsj.org.za/
uhm... having trouble reading Japanese characters, waiting for update from school.

King David School
http://www.kingdavid.org.za/
Linksfield, Victory Park, Co-ed, Pre-K to 12, Jewish, Founded 1948

Kingsmead College
http://kingsmead.co.za/
Melrose, Girls only, Pre-K to 12, Christian, Founded 1933

Kyalami Preparatory School
http://www.kyalamischools.org/kyalami-preparatory/home
Kyalami, Co-ed, K-7, Founded 1999

Lycée Jules Verne French International School
http://www.lyceejulesverne.com/
Morningside, Pretoria, Co-ed, Pre-K to 12 (Pretoria Pre-K to 5), Bilingual French/English, Founded 1992 (offers French Baccalaureate only, no matric, follows European school year)

Michael Mount Waldorf School
http://www.michael-mount.co.za/
Bryanston, Co-ed, K-12, Christian, Founded 1960

Pridwin Preparatory School
Pridwin Preparatory Boys' School

http://www.pridwin.co.za/
Melrose, Boys only, K-7, Christian Ethos, Founded 1923

Reddam House School
http://reddamschools.com/
Bedfordview, Waterfall, Co-ed, Pre-K to 12

Redhill School
http://www.redhill.co.za/
Morningside, Co-ed, Pre-K to 12, Founded 1907

Roedean School
http://www.roedeanschool.co.za/
Parktown, Girls only, K-12, Boarding and Day, Anglican, Founded 1903

Sacred Heart College
http://www.sacredheart.co.za/
Observatory/Houghton, Pre-K to 12, Catholic, Founded 1889

Saheti School
http://saheti.co.za/
Senderwood, Co-ed, Pre-K to 12, Greek-Orthodox, Founded 1974

St. Andrew's School for Girls
http://www.standrews.co.za/
Bedfordview, Girls only, K-12, Christian, Boarding and Day, Founded in 1912

St. Benedict's Catholic School
http://www.stbenedicts.co.za/
Bedfordview, Boys only, K-12, Boarding and Day, Catholic, Founded 1958

St. David's Marist Inanda
http://www.stdavids.co.za/
Inanda, Boys only, Pre-K to 12, Catholic, Founded 1948

St. Dunstan's College
Benoni, Co-ed, Pre-K to 12, Anglican, Founded 1918

St. John's College
St. John's College
http://www.stjohnscollege.co.za/
Houghton, Boys only, Pre-K to 12 (plus co-ed Sixth Form year offering Cambridge A-Levels), Boarding and Day, Anglican, Founded 1898

St. Katharine's Preparatory School
http://stkatharines.co.za/
Parktown, Girls only, K-7, Founded 1916

St. Mary's School
http://www.stmarysschool.co.za/
Waverley, Girls only, Pre-K to 12, Boarding and Day, Anglican, Founded 1888

St. Peter's College
http://www.stpeters.co.za/
Sunninghill, Co-ed (college only, for last 8 years; prep school still divided into boys and girls tracks), K-12, Anglican, Founded 1998

St. Stithians College
Sports Day at St. Stithians

http://www.stithian.com/
Bryanston, Co-ed (but separate girls' and boys' tracks for senior prep and college), K-12, Methodist, Founded 1953

St. Teresa's School
http://www.stteresas.co.za/
Rosebank, Girls only, Pre-K to 12, Catholic, Founded 1930

Summit College
http://www.summitcollege.co.za/
Kyalami, Co-ed, Pre-K to 12, Boarding and Day, Founded 1989

The Ridge School 
Westcliff, Boys only, K-7, Christian Ethos, Founded 1919

Trinityhouse Schools
http://trinityhouse.co.za/
Randpark Ridge, Little Falls, Palm Lakes, Heritage Hill, Northriding (all owned by AdvTech), Co-ed, K-12, Christian, Founded 1995

Unity College
http://unity-college.org.za/
Chartwell, Co-ed, Grade 1 to Post-Secondary (ages 6-20), Special Needs


Private Schools in Johannesburg - by Suburb


Here it is, my handy-dandy color-coded map. Please don't hold me to too high a standard with respect to actual proportions. I tried to do my best here, but some distances may be off, and some schools might not appear EXACTLY on the spot they are. Also, you may not agree with the division of suburbs I've used - there are many different ways of dividing them up. However, I do think it's probably a good start, especially if you are still in the process of moving to Johannesburg. Following the map is a more detailed listing of all the suburbs and schools.


[Click on image to enlarge]

Midrand 

(including Waterfall, Kyalami)

American International School of Johannesburg
Beaulieu College
Kyalami Preparatory School
Summit College

Fourways/Sunninghill/Lonehill 

(Including Dainfern, Broadacres, Fernridge, Douglasdale, Northriding, Craigavon, Beverley)

British International Preparatory School
Crawford Lonehill
Crawford Fourways
Dainfern College
Heronbridge College
St. Peter's College
Unity College

Sandton/Bryanston 

(Including Morningside, Wendywood, Sandown, Sandhurst, Hyde Park)

Brescia House School
British International College
Crawford Sandton
Grayston Preparatory School
Lycee Jules Verne French International School
Michael Mount Waldorf School
Redhill School
St. Stithians College

Randburg/Ferndale 

(Including Randpark Ridge, Cresta, Blairgowrie, Windsor East, Victory Park, Northriding)

King David Victory Park
Trinityhouse Randpark Ridge
Trinityhouse Northriding

Rosebank/Parktown 

(Including Houghton, Melrose, Saxonwold, Killarney, Westcliff)

Bellavista School
Deutsche Internationale Schule
Kingsmead College
Pridwin Preparatory School
Roedean School
Sacred Heart College
St. David's Marist Inanda
St. John's College
St. Katharine's Preparatory School
St. Mary's School
St. Teresa's School
The Ridge School

Bedfordview 

(including Oriel, Bedford Gardens, Edenvale, Linksfield)

Crawford Italia Preparatory
Holy Rosary School
King David Linksfield
Reddam House School
Saheti School
St. Andrew's School for Girls
St. Benedict's Catholic School

Northcliff/Melville 

(Including Blackheath, Auckland Park)

Auckland Park Preparatory School
Japanese School of Johannesburg

Roodepoort 

Charterhouse School
Trinityhouse Little Falls
Trinityhouse Palm Lake

Boksburg

Christian Brothers College

Benoni

St. Dunstan's College


Footnotes


  • International students are only permitted to study at a South African school with a valid study visa/permit (typically as an accompanying dependent of a work visa holder); make sure you apply early for your kids' study permits
  • South African schools are either preparatory schools (typically divided into Junior Prep Grades K-3 and Senior Prep Grades 4-7) or high schools (Grades 8-12). The term “college” often refers to a school that encompasses both prep and high school.
  • Some of the prep schools only offering Grades K-7 are "feeder" schools tracking into some of Joburg's most excellent high schools/colleges, so don't write off such schools just because the system looks unfamiliar to you.
  • Most, but not all, schools on this list are members of the Independent Schools Association of South Africa (ISASA).
  • All schools offer South African matric examinations except some of the international schools where noted.
  • All follow the South African school year (January-November), except some international schools where noted.
  • In South Africa, Kindergarten is called "Grade 0" or "Grade Nought." Pre-K options are often noted as "000," meaning a nursery school with two years prior to Kindergarten or Grade 0 is offered. I've decided to stick with "K" and "Pre-K" in this school listing, using the American terminology.
  • Some South African schools take on boarders alongside day students; where applicable, this is noted in my list.
  • Conditions such as dyslexia and ADHD are considered special needs in South Africa and might be better accommodated by a special needs school (of which a few are included here) than a mainstream one; if your child has any special needs, make sure you check thoroughly what your school of choice is prepared to do to help your child.
  • Many South African schools are parochial, i.e. cater to only one gender, as is noted below. Some schools admit both boys and girls but offer separate tracks, and this is also noted where applicable.
  • On the map below, don't forget to factor in traffic, as distances that look short on the map are not necessarily short in real time. Checking Google Maps during rush hour may give you an approximation of traffic patterns.
  • I would like to thank my fellow expat and friend Natalie for her valuable research and contribution of her local knowledge in making this such an extensive list.

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30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Sine,
What about universities in Johannesburg and Pretoria? My husband is looking to do some post graduate studies in business/finance while we are there. Any recommendations? Thanks,
Jeanne

Sine said...

Hi Jeanne,

I don't know much about those, but I do know that there aren't many, so it should be easy enough to research. In Johannesburg, there is Wits, (officially University of the Witwatersrand) and it has an excellent reputation. Depending where you live, Pretoria might be closer (if you're in the Northern suburbs), and the University of Pretoria might be an option. I heard in a talk at school recently that it is also considered to be good. Then there is also UNISA (http://www.unisa.ac.za/default.html) where you can study online (I think, they call it distance education). I've also heard good things about them. Just be aware that he should probably start early, as the registration process might be a bit more bureaucratic than what you're used to:-)

Hope that helps, let me know if I can help with anything else.

Ali khan said...

Hi sine,
I am moving to joburg with my family on job transfer. My family is pretty much terrified having over heard the crime rate and robberies there. I too am concerned, but wonder whether these threats exists in today's modern society?
I am also unaware of schools n residential areas, and what are the costs associated.
We are Indians, settled in middle east for last 7 years.

Kindly help us find some realistic answers. Appreciate your efforts in advance.

Regards,
Ali.

Sine said...

Hi Ali,

Neither I nor any of the other expats I know have had any problems with crime whatsoever. Our life is as normal as it was in whichever place we lived in previously. Having said that, I still get comments from ex-South Africans who left the country because they didn't feel safe, and I think their concerns were very valid at the time. Things have changed, from what I can tell, but I also think it depends on where you're planning to live. Many private schools are located in or around the Northern Suburbs (i.e. Bryanston, Fourways area) and if you plan on living in a security estate somewhere around there, you won't have to worry about crime, even going back and forth to school. Dainfern College (where our kids are) is indeed located right next to several estates, with private access to two of them, which is not so much a security bonus but a convenience bonus, as you won't be in traffic to get your kids there and/or they can walk or use a golf cart.

Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

Vinc said...

Dear Sine,

Thanks for hosting this blog , I am considering moving to SA from the UAE , I have lived in Africa ( east ) 10 years prior to moving to UAE , I am expecting a offer to move to Jburg.
My concern is below.
Does SA have schools following the British Slyabus ? I have a Grade 5 son.
Hows the security suitation down there now ?
Do they have gated communities ? and what are the average rents

Thanks
Vincent

Sine said...

Hi Vinc,

the only school I know of that offers the British syllabus is the British International College from above. But you will find that the SA system is somewhat comparable, there are many British expats at South African schools, many more than Americans. The security is good, especially if you live in a gated community, please read http://www.joburgexpat.com/2012/06/finding-house-in-johannesburg-part-2.html to find out more about where to live. I've written quite a few articles about security, if you just want to go to the right and look under 'categories'. Good luck!

Nana said...

Dear Sine,

Thank you for the details provided thus far. I am moving to SA from Nigeria along with my 2 sons. Would appreciate it if you could recommend any reputable primary schools in the Sandton region which are recognized for their academic excellence as well as ability to enforce good values.

In addition, please advice on the security situation in Sandton.

Thank you.
Nana

Sine said...

Hi Nana,

I don't know Sandton as well as the Northern Suburbs, but Redhill school might be the closest and a very old and reputable school. I would think St. Stithians wouldn't be that far either, depending on where in Sandton you will live. It's one of the best-known schools in Joburg, and it has both girls and boys tracks. St. John's is one of the best private boys schools in Joburg known for their academic excellence and values, and there are a couple of feeder primary schools into that (I only know Pridwin). Sandton is one of the most expensive places in Joburg and you will find plenty of high-security neighborhoods there. I don't think you will feel unsafe there, but perhaps read my article on Finding a house in Johannesburg, parts one and two: http://www.joburgexpat.com/2012/06/finding-house-in-johannesburg-part-1.html for more info on all the different areas. (click at the bottom of that link for part 2).

Sine said...

Good luck!

Nana said...

Thank you Sine, i appreciate the useful insights. Im glad i found this blog as there's much i need to know before i move. About scls, i had come across St. Johns and read about its reputation but it appears they are full for this session so il get on the waiting list and hope it works out while also considering Redhill.

I just read somewhere that the SA system admits kids into grade 1 at age 6 and im a bit concerned cause this means my kids may be stepped down by a grade. Please confirm if all schools insist on this, over here we start grade 1 by age 5 and my son is 8 and in grade 4

Sine said...

Hi Nana,
that is a very valid concern. Many South African schools insist on placing your child age-appropriately, meaning starting grade 1 at 6, like you describe. This meant for us that our kids had to stay in the same grade when they arrived, meaning they had another half year of the same grade, and now that we're back in the US, we had to make a decision whether to go back another half-grade for a total of a whole grade, or whether to jump back up ahead. That's something for you to consider, not sure how the school year in Nigeria goes. Dainfern College was not to be moved regarding their ages, even though they were all very good academically. But I've heard from other expats who had more luck with this, so it's something you'll have to negotiate with the school. One thing to do is when you go there and they test your kids whether they are "good enough" for the grade they should go into, make them test them for the next grade as well. If they are good enough for that one too, insist on them being pushed up.

Having said all that, we never regretted the placement of our kids. They ended up doing extremely well in South Africa, and it was a big boost to their self-confidence. And they didn't kill themselves with schoolwork, meaning they had tons of time for extracurricular pursuits. What's a year longer in school in the end? It doesn't really hurt. So I wouldn't put too much stock into this. But if it's a concern, talk with the prospective school ahead of time.

Dipanwita said...

Thanks Sine for such detailed blogs on almost every topic of concern to an expat. We are moving there by March'2013 & yous blogs have been of enormous help to me! They are a diamond mine of information, far better than any i have come across so far!
Dipanwita

Sine said...

Thanks Dipanwita, I appreciate the feedback, it's so nice to hear that I've made a difference to expats moving to SA. I wish you and your family all the best, and do let me know how it goes - you can always contact me at joburgexpat at gmail dot com. Good luck with your move!

Buyi Zulu said...

Hi Sine,

I like this blog and just came across it now. Is there a huge difference between an International School and Private School. and what is the best out of the 2. Thank you

Sine said...

Thank you for stopping by. Yes, there is quite a difference between international and private schools, and I have written about it extensively here on this blog. I suggest you find the "categories" tab to the right in the "about me" box, and click on "schools" there - you will find everything I've written about South African schools there. I really can't answer your question with just a simple answer. Private school worked for us, but everybody's circumstances are different.

hina wain said...

Hi Sine,

Must appreciate this informative site. I have learned quite a lot in just a few minutes! I am also moving to SA/Joburgh in the near future. Having three kids aged 5,6 & 10 I am curious to know which grades they will be admitted to. They are in the IB system at present. We are an asian family and would love to find a school that has a good mix of nationalities.

Appreciate any feedback I can get.
Kind regards,
Hennah

Sine said...

Hi Hennah - I'm glad this has been helpful for you. If you ask me, I'll always recommend a South African private school over the international ones (there is really only AISJ to consider in that group, the other ones are either French or German and probably not what you're looking for)because of the unique life experience they offer to your kids, and I believe the education system is excellent. However, if you are set on the IB program, AISJ does offer that. And you'd keep the Northern hemisphere school year, i.e. August to May, whereas going to a SA school will change that from Jan - Nov and your kids will likely have to go back a school year (or, as it is, half a school year) if they are younger for their grades. So if your ten year old is currently in grade 5 for instance, and you move to SA in August, he/she would remain in grade 5 rather than moving up to grade 6.

Sine said...

...and then would start grade 6 in January. HOpe that makes sense, let me know if you have any other questions.

ChristGrace said...

Hi sine I am in grade 11 and my school is closing at the end of the year and I take drama which is a really specific subject which schools will allow a person to do drama and then their school fees are cheap and the school has to be in Joburg.
Oh and I would like my brother to go to the same school as me and he is currently in grade 9.
Thanks

Sine said...

Hi ChristGrace,

I'm so sorry I'm getting back to you so late. I"m not sure if I can be of help in any case. I don't know which schools will offer drama, I think most do, but you probably want it to be one of the matric subjects, and there I am not sure. You'd have to contact each school directly or go to their web pates. As for your brother, any "college" will have a high school from grade 8-12 so it should accommodate both you and your brother.

Sine said...

Hi ChristGrace,

I'm so sorry I'm getting back to you so late. I"m not sure if I can be of help in any case. I don't know which schools will offer drama, I think most do, but you probably want it to be one of the matric subjects, and there I am not sure. You'd have to contact each school directly or go to their web pates. As for your brother, any "college" will have a high school from grade 8-12 so it should accommodate both you and your brother.

Dodge War said...

Hello Sine

You might want to add Charter College to your list of private, international schools in Johannesburg.
They are in Honeydew, North West of greater Johannesburg. They offer Cambridge qualifications from Grade 8 up to A- Levels. Excellent teachers and professional environment with a wide subject choice. Quite a few international students from various countries. Cambridge Registered.


Www.chartercollege.co.za

Yvette Coulson said...

Hi,

looking for an all girls private school from primary to high school. any ideas/im from durban and dont know schools up here.

Sine said...

Hi Yvette,

I'm sorry I'm so late with my response.You asked about all girls schools, and I don't know much about them. I believe Brescia House is a girls school, not sure how far up it goes. St. Mary's is also a girls school, but not sure if it is only high school or below that. St. Stithian's has a girls and boys track, so that might be an option for you?

The best bet to find more is with these two links I had posted in another blog post about schools - ISASA is the association of independent private schools and they maintain an up to date list of all the private schools by area. Visit www.isasa.org or www.studysa.co.za for more information on South African education.

Hope that helps!

Marco Benvenuti said...

What about St David's Marist Inanda. Why is it not only the list when it is one of the top 3 best and most prestigious schools in Johannesburg, with St Stithians and St Johns, the other 2?

Sine said...

Marco, simply because I'd never heard of it before! I"d be happy to add it though if you want to give me some details in the same format as on this list? I haven't been able to update this from when I wrote it several years ago, as I no longer live in South AFrica and am not apprised of everything as much as I used to be:-) It does look like a great school. It's all boys, right?

Lyndsay and Brian said...

Hey Sine, what about nursery schools for kids blog. I have been searching its hard to determine the good ones from the bad ones. I found www.douglasdalenurseryschool.co.za do you know if this is a good nursery school? Looks good from the website but you can never tell.

Kind regards

Brian

Sine said...

Hi Brian,

great question. I had another reader who had volunteered to put together a nursery school list, but lost track of that and now don't know who it was. It would be lovely to have a nursery school listing. My kids were too old at the time so I never gathered any experience. I have not heard of the Douglasdale one. You're welcome to post your question on my FB page (Joburg Expat) and see if anyone responds, my readers there are typically very happy to comment if they have anything to contribute.

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s777 said...

hi

i would like to know is St.james Prep in Kensington a Private school. i would like to know of semi-private/Private schools in and around jhb- bedfordview and Glenvista if possible.
Sarika