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IB, British, and South African
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CityCape Town
CurriculumsIB, British, and South African
Leaving qualificationIB Diploma
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 2 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Leaving qualifications IB Diploma
Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average
Maximum 24 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: R 59,433
to: R 164,779
Address: Main Rd, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality

South African

Ratio of local students to international students

70 % South African 30% International

Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English


Additional language classes offered by the school

Afrikaans, French, Spanish

Max. number of students per class

Nursery & Early Years - 18, Primary School - 22, High school - 24

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes - Nursery & Early Years

Use of technology in the classroom

All classrooms are equipped with Wi-Fi and data projectors, iPads are available for the Primary School Students to use as well.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

If needed, we can.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

We are non-denominational but welcome students from all religions and cultures.

External examinations or assessments available

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP)

Results in these examinations

All results are available on the school website.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

Depends on the subject and grade level.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

We are not a special educational needs school

Entry evaluation for students

All prospective students are invited to spend the day with us, they will also complete and assessment while they are with us.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

All prospective students will have to be assessed. An Admission Assessment will be scheduled by the Director of Admissions. The assessments are age appropriate.

Waiting list

Yes, for some grade levels

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

We enrol year-round

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes - with the exception of the Diploma Programme (DP 1 & DP 2)

School start time

07:45, 07:50 & 08:00 - depending on grade level.

School finish time

13:30, 13:50, 14:50 - depending on grade level.

Supervised care before/after school

Currently Hout Bay International School offers a supervised aftercare for its Junior Primary students (Nursery - PYP 2). Aftercare runs from after school (13:30 - 16:30 Monday - Thursday & 16:00 on Friday's)

School bus service available


School provided lunches


Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Hout Bay International School offers a wide range of activities within the following areas; sports, cultural, outdoor education and community service. Our students enjoy an extensive Extra-Curricular programme exposing them to various sports, creative arts, dance, community service activities, all contributing to their ‘Whole Child’ educational experience and embracing the concept of Creativity, Activity & Service (CAS).

Sports activities included

Physical education x 2 per week

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Facilities at the school

Two Fully Equipped Science/Biology Laboratories, Robotics Lab, Black Box Drama Studio, Visual Art Studio, Design Studio, School Library, Music Studio, Creative Arts Outdoor Courtyard, Courtyards equipped with climbing walls and Sand pits, Canteen for daily lunches and snacks, Small hall, Stop and Drop / Pick Up Facilities, 2 Netball / Tennis Courts, 3 Cricket Nets, 2 Multi-purpose playing fields, Bio-Diversity Sanctuary, Sustainable Vegetable Garden.

Sports facilities at the school

Courtyards equipped with climbing walls and Sand pit (Early Years).
2 tennis courts, 2 netball courts, 3 cricket nets, 2 multi-purpose playing fields.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Hout Bay International School is more than a school – it is a community of diverse individuals and families, a centre for academic excellence, for some a home away from home and yet more importantly a family for all those that are part of it. Few schools can boast that they belong to two international organisations spanning across almost every continent of the globe. The first being International Education Systems (IES), a family of international schools committed to quality educational experiences for all who attend and, second, the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), renowned for its high quality and rigorous academic programme.

The curriculum is a combination of the South African National Curriculum, matched with the British National Curriculum and delivered through the innovative pedagogy of the International Baccalaureate.

Teaching approach of the school

HBIS aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and principled young people who help to create a better world through intercultural understanding and respect.
Through dynamic programmes, HBIS will strive to grow leaders for the future who are caring, collaborative, communicative and balanced individuals with a passion for lifelong learning.
Students are encouraged to integrate effectively in the local, national and international communities through the diverse opportunities afforded to them.

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