Perhaps surprisingly for a city of its size, Johannesburg is not home to an abundance of international schools. Many expat parents choose to send their children to local private schools, which are very 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.
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
The British International College Bryanston offers the highly respected Cambridge syllabus for secondary school students. It has an affiliated preparatory school in Fourways. Read more
Curriculum: Cambridge Secondary, IGCSE and A-levels
Ages: 12 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: British Early Years, South African (IEB), and Cambridge International Primary Programme
Ages: 3 to 11
Founded in 1890, the venerable Deutsche Internationale Schule Johannesburg (DSJ) is one of Johannesburg's oldest schools. The DSJ is one of the most multicultural schools in the city with close to 30 different nationalities represented among the student body. Read more
Curriculum: German and South African
Ages: 4 to 18
From its campus in Morningside, Sandton, this school offers co-educational French-language and French curriculum instruction from kindergarten to Grade 12. Read more
Ages: 4 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 Cambridge 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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