Best 10 International Schools in Cape Town

International Education in Cape Town

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Considering a move to Cape Town, with kids in tow? Then here’s some good news: South Africa has the cheapest fees in the world for international schools. As well as enjoying the views of Table Mountain and the South Atlantic ocean, the intriguing mix of cultures and the affordable cost of living, you can rest assured your children will get a stellar education too.

Cape Town is the second biggest city in South Africa and is no stranger to expats. There is a wide range of international schools to choose from in various neighbourhoods of the city. While you will find a handful in or close to the city centre, the southern suburbs of Kenilworth, Claremont and Rosebank offer more choice. Just outside the city, the beautiful coastal town of Bloubergstrand also has several international schools.

With its history as a British colony, it’s unsurprising that Cape Town’s international schools mainly teach the British curriculum. This city is a true melting pot of cultures and nations however, so you’ll also find South African, French, German, and the Waldorf curriculum on offer. All schools cater for children up to the age of 18. While most teach primary and secondary levels, some will only cater for second level students (from age 12 or 13).

South Africa’s state schools have a pretty poor reputation when it comes to standards of education. International schools in the country are privately run however, so you can expect similar standards to international schools around the world. In big cities like Cape Town, schools also come with impressive facilities and smaller than average class sizes.

The academic year in international schools in Cape Town begins in August and finishes in June. In general the school day begins at around 8am and finishes at 2 or 3pm. Most schools offer a range of extracurricular activities, or ‘supervised study’ for the older students.

Many International schools in South Africa make religion a core part of their approach. In Cape Town there are several Catholic, Anglican or more general Christian schools. Boarding schools also have a long history here and you will find a selection in or around Cape Town. These schools are generally the most well-established and traditional, but don’t worry if boarding isn’t desirable; they also have ‘day school’ options for students too.

The newer international schools in Cape Town tend to be more modern. They emphasise a ‘global education’ for students, preparing them for university education and for life anywhere in the world. Both types of school, long-established and traditional or new and modern, will provide your child with a top-class education. Neither category is better than the other - it all depends on you and your child.

Below, we have compiled our top 10 international schools in Cape Town. However, there are another 19 schools to choose from in the city. You can find the best international school for your child by personalising your results. Just fill in your search criteria, and we will calculate a personal score for every international school in Cape Town based on your requirements.

Best 10 International Schools in Cape Town

Out of a total of 29 International Schools in Cape Town.

Based on the aggregated preferences of our users in the last 30 days.

American International School of Cape Town

We aim to instill a strong sense of community among our students, while equipping them with the skills to be curious, life-long learners.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.
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Reddam House Somerset

Reddam House Somerset Lakes is specifically designed to inspire students to achieve their maximum potential in a progressive academic setting. Each child's unique individuality and talents are carefully nurtured. There is also a shared focus on academic, cultural and sporting achievements. This means students are encouraged to excel in their chosen school subjects and sports whilst simultaneously embracing the creative and performing arts.
Curriculum
South African, International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
1 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.
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Hout Bay International 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.
Curriculum
IB, British, South African
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: R 42,000
to: R 126,218
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Bishops Diocesan College

Bishops Diocesan College is an independent boys’ school in Cape Town with a long history, a strong academic ethos combined with a commitment to all-roundedness, and a proud record of achievements
Curriculum
Anglican, South African
Language of instruction
English
Ages
5 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: R 68,260
to: R 158,620
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Springfield Convent School

All girls, Catholic based holisitic education
Curriculum
South African, Catholic
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: R 63,072
to: R 87,509
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Auburn House Montessori School

We provide an open environment for children 3-15yrs. The curriculum and educational structure give children the freedom to develop to their fullest socially, intellectually and creatively. The ethos of the school is founded on a strong philosophy, the essence of which is the Montessori principle of respect for the well being of each individual, contributing towards a sustainable and healthy society.
Curriculum
Montessori
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 15
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: R 42,350
to: R 65,560
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German International School Cape Town

German International School is a bilingual German International School offering both South African and German university entrance qualifications.
At the German International School Cape Town you will encounter a European, cosmopolitan culture and the most important language in Europe: German.
GIS teaches German mother-tongue learners from Grades 1 - 12 as well as English-speaking learners from Grades 5 - 12 respectively.
Curriculum
German, South African
Languages of instruction
English, German
Ages
6 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: R 64,350
to: R 64,350
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Somerset College

As a school with a Christian foundation, the staff and students work in an environment based on strong values, spiritual development and a commitment to community service – all of which play a fundamental role in the development of responsible, caring individuals. At Somerset College, there is a keen focus on educating the whole child. Academics, Sport, Cultural Activities, Leadership and Spiritual Development, Environmental and Outdoor Programmes ensure that every student can flourish and explore individual talent in any number of spheres.
Curriculum
British, Christian, South African
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: R 52,100
to: R 131,800
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Cape Town French School

Located in the heart of City of Cape Town, the Cape Town French School provides French and Cambridge English education from pre-primary to grade 12.
Curriculum
British, French
Languages of instruction
English, French
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: R 64,200
to: R 84,800
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International School of Cape Town

Inernational School of Cape Town is a private, co-educational school governed by Christian principles and values. Its extended UK based curriculum leads to the internationally recognised qualifications of the University of Cambridge.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.
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