Private Schools in Johannesburg

*** Updated October 2015 ***

 

interhouse competition at Dainfern College - private schools in Johannesburg

 

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 private 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
www.beaulieucollege.org
Kyalami/Midrand, Co-ed, Pre-K to 12, offers Equine Studies, Founded 1996

Bellavista School
http://bellavista.org.za/
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 - private schools in Johannesburg
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 Prep - private schools in Johannesburg
Pridwin Preparatory Boys’ School

Pridwin Preparatory 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. John's College - private schools in Johannesburg
St. John’s College

St. Dunstan’s College
http://www.stdunstans.co.za/
Benoni, Co-ed, Pre-K to 12, Anglican, Founded 1918

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 - private schools in Johannesburg
Sports Day at St. Stithians

St. Stithians College
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
http://www.ridgeschool.co.za/
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 of private schools in Johannesburg. 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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