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International schools in South Africa

Are you looking for an international school in South Africa? Search for the best international schools in South Africa; you can find a list of selected schools at the bottom of this page. Use the search filters to select only girls' or boys' schools, prep schools, senior schools or sixth forms; or you can search for schools that offer a particular curriculum, such as the International Baccalaureate, the UK national curriculum, a US-style model or the International Primary Curriculum.

South Africa has made steady progress towards the United Nations development goal of universal primary education since apartheid was abolished in 1991. Just four per cent of primary age children were not at school by 2011 and only seven per cent failed to complete primary education, according to UNESCO. 

State schools receive grants from the government but also charge fees, with exemptions for children from the poorest families. There is a large, English-medium independent school sector, comprising religious, non-profit and for profit organisations, with some schools also receiving public subsidies. 

It includes more than 30 international schools offering the curriculums of the UK, the US, France, Germany and the International Baccalaureate Office as well as Waldorf and Montessori systems. There are three IB World Schools, of which two, including Hout Bay International School in Cape Town, are authorised to teach the IB Diploma programme. 

Boarding schools have a long history in South Africa, with elite boys’ school Michaelhouse dating back to 1896 and Roedean School, sister school to the renowned British girls’ boarding establishment, set up in 1903. 

But there are also new additions, such as the Oprah Winfrey Leadership School for Girls, which was opened by the US talk show host in 2007. It admits Grade 7 girls who show academic talent and leadership potential from households with monthly income under R10,000.

The private international education group Inspired, which owns 39 schools around the world, operates 11 campuses in South Africa, of which eight are part of the Reddam House brand and three come under the Reddford House brand. 

Both types offer through-train, coeducational, day schooling, aim to provide a holistic education and follow the South African curriculum. Reddam House Helderfontein, which opened in January 2017, is offering a boarding option from 2018.  

The model was developed Australian educator and former science teacher Graeme Crawford, who earlier founded South Africa’s Crawford Schools group, which operates 12 schools and seven kindergartens. 

Education is compulsory for nine years from age seven to 15. The state system has a four-year foundation stage including a non-compulsory reception class, followed by intermediate and senior stages of three years each. 

A further three years of study leading to the National Senior Certificate is optional. Gross secondary enrolment was 99 per cent in 2014, but the government has come under fire over standards after 25 per cent of students failed the 2016 school leaving exam. 

If you are looking specifically for International Baccalaureate World Schools in South Africa, you can find selected schools on our sister website: www.ibyb.org.





Academia Private School

24 Ludorf Street,
Bela-Bela,
480,
South Africa

Co-educational, , Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Alma Mater International School

PO Box 2980,
Krugersdorp,
1740,
South Africa

Co-educational, , Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Amazing Grace Private School

359 Pretoria Avenue,
Ferndale, Randburg,
Johannesburg,
2194,
South Africa

Co-educational, Day.

American International School of Cape Town

42 Soetvlei Avenue,
Constantia 7806,
Cape Town,
South Africa

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

American International School of Johannesburg

Midrand,
Johannesburg,
South Africa

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Bishops Diocesan College

Camp Ground Road,
Rondebosch,
Cape Town,
7700,
South Africa

Boys, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Blouberg International School

74 Ringwood Drive,
Parklands,
Cape Town,
7441,
South Africa

Co-educational, , Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior.

Bridge House School

PO Box 444,
Franschhoek,
7690,
South Africa

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

British International College - Bryanston

130 Bryanston Drive,
Bryanston,
South Africa

Co-educational, Day, Senior.

Charter College

2 Johan Road,
Honeydew,
1746,
South Africa

Co-educational, Day, Senior.

Charterhouse Preparatory School

10 Erasmus Road,
Radiokop,
cnr Christiaan De Wet & Erasmus Rds,
2040,
South Africa

Co-educational, , Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Cornwall Hill College

PO Box 621,
Nellmapius Drive,
Irene,
0062,
South Africa

Co-educational, Boarding, Day.

Courtney House International School

100 Florence Ribeiro Avenue,,
Bailey's Muckleneuk,
Pretoria,
181,
South Africa

Co-educational, , Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Dainfern College

Broadacres Drive,
Dainfern,
Johannesburg,
South Africa

Co-educational, Boarding, Day.

Greenwich College

PO Box 69075,
Bryanston,
2021,
South Africa

Co-educational, Day, Senior.

Hilton College

Private Bag 6001,
Hilton 3245,
Kwazulu Natal,
South Africa

Boys, Boarding, Senior, Sixth Form.

Hout Bay International School

61 Main Road,
Hout Bay,
Cape Town,
7806,
South Africa

Co-educational, Day.

International School of Cape Town

Woodland Heights,
Edinburgh Close, Wynberg,
7800 Cape Town,
South Africa

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

International School of Helderberg

Postnet Suite 214,
Private Bag X29, Somerset West,
Cape Town,
7310,
South Africa

Co-educational, Day.

International School of South Africa

Nelson Mandela Drive,
Libertas,
Mahikeng,
2745,
South Africa

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Lycée Français Jules Verne

PO Box 556,
Morningside,
Johannesburg,
2057,
South Africa

Co-educational, , Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior.

Michaelhouse

R103,
Balgowan,
3275,
South Africa

Boys, Boarding, Senior.

North American International School

PO Box 14582,
Hatfield,
Pretoria,
South Africa

Co-educational, Day.

Penryn College

PO Box 2835,
Nelspruit,
1200,
South Africa

Co-educational, Day.

Reddam House Atlantic Seaboard

20 Cavalcade Road,
Green Point,
Cape Town,
8051,
South Africa

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Reddam House Ballito

Dolphin Coast,
South Africa

Co-educational, Day.

Reddam House Bedfordview

50 Smith Road,
Bedfordview,
Johannesburg,
South Africa

Co-educational, Day.

Reddam House Constantia

Reddam Avenue,
Steenberg Boulevard,
Constantia,
South Africa

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Reddam House Durbanville

Vissershok Road,
Durbanville,
Cape Town,
7550,
South Africa

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Reddam House Helderfontein

1 Chattan Road,
Glenferness, Zevenfontein 407-Jr,
Fourways, Johannesburg, Midrand,
2019,
South Africa

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Reddam House Somerset

Reunion Drive,
Somerset West,
Cape Town,
7130,
South Africa

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Reddam House Umhlanga

21 Preston Drive,
Prestondale,
Umhlanga,
4021,
South Africa

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Reddam House Waterfall

Country Estate Road,
Midrand,
Johannesburg,
South Africa

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Reddford House Blue Hills

5 Mopani Rd,
Blue Hills, Midrand,
1685,
South Africa

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Reddford House Northcliff

14th Avenue, Fairlands,
Randburg,
Johannesburg,
South Africa

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior.

Reddford House The Hills

Garsfontein Rd,
Pretoria East 0057,
South Africa

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Roedean School

Princess of Wales Terrace,
Parktown,
2193,
South Africa

Girls, Day.

Silver Oaks International

40 Pinaster Avenue,
Hazelwood,
Pretoria,
South Africa

Co-educational, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

St Andrew's College

PO Box 182,
Grahamstown,
6140,
South Africa

Boys, Boarding, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

St Cyprian's School

Gorge Road,
Oranjezicht,
8001,
South Africa

Girls, Boarding, Day.

St John's College

St David Road,
Houghton,
Johannesburg,
2198,
South Africa

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

St Stithian's College

Private Bag 2,
Randburg 2125,
Gauteng,
South Africa

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Stanford Lake College

PO Box 271,
Haenertsburg,
Magoebaskloof,
0730,
South Africa

Co-educational, Boarding, Day.

Star College Boys High Durban

20 Kinloch Avenue,
Westville North,
Durban,
3630,
South Africa

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

Star College Capetown

22 Elgin Road,
Sybrand Park,
Cape Town,
7700,
South Africa

Co-educational, Day.

Star College Girls High Durban

20 Kinloch Avenue,
Westville North,
Durban,
3630,
South Africa

Co-educational, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

Star College Johannesburg

C/o Eastwood & Peter Wessels St.,
Turffontein,
Johannesburg,
South Africa

Co-educational, Boarding, Day.

Star College Pretoria

25 Meadow Ave,
Pretoria,
0041,
South Africa

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior.

Star College Primary Durban

20 Kinloch Avenue,
Westville North,
Durban,
3630,
South Africa

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy For Girls

534 Wargrave South Road,
Henley-on-Klip,
Meyerton Gauteng,
1961,
South Africa

Girls, Boarding.

Word of Life School

Cnr Lee and Zee Avenues,
Arcon Park,
Vereeniging,
1929,
South Africa

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory, Senior.