Perhaps surprisingly for a city of its size, Johannesburg has a relatively small selection of international schools. Many expat parents choose to send their children to local private schools, which are highly regarded.
For expats hoping to find a school that follows the same curriculum as back home, as well as the same teaching language, the choice may be limited. That said, the international schools that are available in Johannesburg are generally of a high standard.
Below is a selection of international schools in Johannesburg.
International schools in Johannesburg
This highly regarded school offers the American High School Diploma and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. There is also a Pretoria campus which offers classes for Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8 students. Read more
Curriculum: American and International Baccalaureate
Ages: 3 to 18
This pre-preparatory and preparatory school in Honeydew opened in 1976 and draws on the best elements of the South African and British curricula. Read more
Curriculum: English National Curriculum, Cambridge International Primary Programme, and South African (IEB)
Ages: 3 to 13
Founded in 1890, the venerable Deutsche Internationale Schule Johannesburg (DSJ) is Johannesburg's oldest co-educational school. It is also one of the most multicultural schools in the city with more than 30 different nationalities represented among the student body. Read more
Curriculum: German and South African (IEB)
Ages: 1 to 18
Based in Morningside, Sandton, the Lycée Français Jules Verne is a fully English/French bilingual school offering the French curriculum. Students graduate with the esteemed French Baccalauréat. Read more
Ages: 2 to 18
Founded in 1898, this prestigious boys' school has excellent sporting and academic traditions. A co-educational Sixth Form follows the Cambridge curriculum. Read more
Gender: Boys or co-educational
Curriculum: South African (IEB) and A-Levels
Ages: 3 to 18
Download the free Expat Arrivals Johannesburg Schools Guide for an overview of what expat parents can expect from the school system in Joburg. Read about a typical school day, the difference between public and private schools, and everything you need to know about the admissions process.
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