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Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 9 to 18

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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 15 students / class
Maximum 15 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: R 138,000
to: R 156,000
Address: 21 North St, Illovo, Sandton, 2196, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school

Ten plus

Most common nationality

South Africa

Ratio of local students to international students


Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English


Additional language classes offered by the school

French / Isizulu / Afrikaans / Greek / German / Spanish

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

The integration and daily use of technology is a necessary skill which students need to master to function at all levels of our constantly developing society. As a proud Google school, Google Workspace handles all virtual components of curriculum delivery at ESCA. The Google Classroom is a live interactive environment which supports and augments the student’s campus experience, serving as a record of curriculum progress, and a resource to support learning.

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)


Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?


External examinations or assessments available

Cambridge IGCSE/AS/A Levels as well as the American GED

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

1+ hours

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs


Student access to education psychologist


Entry evaluation for students


Brief description of entry evaluation required

Candidates will be invited to complete ESCA's entrance assessments, in three areas:

Academic assessments (English and Mathematics)
Sport/Culture assessments
ESCA-Fit interview and reflective essay

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

ESCA does not have an application deadline.

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time

07h45 Monday to Friday

School finish time

Primary School (Grades 4 to 6) ends at 13h30
Middle School (Grades 7 to 9) ends at 14h15
Senior School (Grades 10 to 12) ends at 15h00

Supervised care before/after school

Yes. This is included in school fees.

School bus service available


School provided lunches

No, we do however have a canteen for students to purchase lunches.

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Yes - Limited

Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

ESCA partners with leading sports professionals and coaches to provide an offering to our student-athletes that is unmatched. We have 5 elite academies on offer, Basketball, Tennis, Golf, Soccer and Gymnastics. Our academies aim to help our student-athletes to develop the skills and abilities that will allow them the best opportunity to become an athlete ready for the next level.

ESCA also accommodates those students who are looking for a flexible, individualised academic timetable which accommodates their training and touring demands in their chosen sport. Flexible and expert coordination form the basis for providing each learner with the ability to achieve their personal best.

Students also have access to a range of clubs at an additional cost.

Sports activities included

In our Primary School (Grades 4 to 6), we believe that an active start to life promotes and enhances fundamental skills such as the development of coordination, imagination, brain function, gross motor skills, building stronger bones and muscles, and a reduction in stress. Our Primary School students are exposed to one sport and cultural activity for a period of five weeks, after which a new rotation starts with exposure to a new sport and cultural activity. All activities are delivered by leading professionals in their respective fields.

Our Academy students have full access to our fitness centre and its specialist staff.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Facilities at the school

Our state-of-the-art laboratory, Cambridge examinations centre, Athlete recovery rooms, Fitness centres, Locker rooms, Restaurants, Mariot Protea Hotel and many more

Sports facilities at the school

18-hole golf course and indoor golf facility, 10 tennis courts, 2 basketball courts, gymnastics gymnasium, soccer fields, cricket fields, rugby fields, 10 squash courts, 6 padel courts, hockey astroturf, four badminton courts, 400m running track, 8 indoor soccer fields, heated swimming pool and a karate dojo.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

ESCA Wanderers proudly stands as the premier destination for cultivating students who excel in their chosen sports or cultural pursuits, epitomizing a legacy of nurturing Africa's talent. Nestled within the prestigious Wanderers Sports Club in Illovo, Johannesburg, our school embodies a tradition of excellence.

Dedicated to the holistic development of our students, ESCA Wanderers provides a dynamic learning environment tailored to individuals driven by a passion for sports or cultural endeavours. With a steadfast commitment to empowering our students to leverage their talents as pathways to tertiary education or professional careers, we foster an environment where academic pursuits harmonize seamlessly with athletic and artistic aspirations.
ESCA’s offering is focused on four pillars, Academic, Co-curricular, Student Wellness and our Pathways pillar. ESCA students benefit from distinguished educators, state-of-the-art facilities, expert coaches, and meticulously crafted athletic programs. Together, these elements form a synergistic ecosystem designed to propel our students towards the pinnacle of academic and sporting/cultural achievement.

We have two admissions streams. The first is students joining one of our five sports academies (Basketball, Football, Tennis, Golf, Gymnastics) and the second stream is students who are looking for a flexible, individualised academic timetable which accommodates their practice and touring demands in their chosen sport or cultural activity. Whilst still benefiting from our student wellness and pathways pillars.

Aligned with esteemed academic bodies such as Cambridge International and the American GED®, ESCA Wanderers offers accredited pathways to academic excellence, underpinned by a culture that values balance, commitment, effort, and integrity.

Join us at ESCA Wanderers, where tradition meets innovation, and where the pursuit of greatness knows no bounds.

Teaching approach of the school

At ESCA our teachers are trained to support and facilitate each student, equipping them with the skills to achieve top academic results without having to sacrifice their sport and/or cultural passion. Moreover, we understand the unique challenges elite athletes and artists face when juggling their passion with academics. That's why at ESCA, we offer comprehensive support for students in managing their academic pursuits, skillfully aligning their travel and touring schedules around their academic demands. We offer the internationally acclaimed Cambridge International and American GED® curricula, and encourage a learning environment that focuses on balance, on the sports field or stage, in the classroom, workshop or laboratory, and beyond.

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