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International Education in Johannesburg

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For a city of such large size, Johannesburg doesn’t have as many international schools as you would expect. The choice of curricula isn’t very diverse either, consisting mainly of the International Baccalaureate, British, or South African curricula. However, what Joburg’s international schools lack in numbers they make up for in other areas.

International schools fees in Johannesburg are also much lower than similarly sized cities in other parts of the world. In fact, Joburg boasts some of the cheapest fees in the world for international schools. However, the quality of education and facilities remains much the same as anywhere else.

English is by far the most common language of instruction in international schools in Johannesburg. Native English-speaking teachers are a standard feature, although most schools also offer additional language classes too. Class sizes are not too big, with 20 - 25 students per class considered average.

Sport is a big deal in South Africa, and in Johannesburg’s international schools too. You’ll find a variety of sports offered as extracurricular activities, including soccer, cricket and of course, rugby. Music and arts are also very popular, and most schools will offer extracurricular programs in these areas too.

The school year in Johannesburg’s public schools runs from mid-January until late November / early December. The city’s international schools, however, usually stick to the northern hemisphere school calendar. That means the school year begins in late August / early September and ends in June.

The same is true of the school day - public schools begin lessons early at 7 - 8am and finish by 2 - 3pm, with an hour or two of sports after lessons (we told you South Africans love sport!). International schools start later at 8 or 9am and finish later (3 - 4pm), with longer lesson times.

Heavy traffic is a fact of life in Johannesburg at all times of day. Public transport in the city has improved a lot in the last few years, but there are still gaps in the bus and rail networks. Choosing a school within walking distance or within easy reach by car or public transport is highly advised. School buses aren’t a common feature of international schools in Johannesburg, although some do provide this service for an extra charge.

Private boarding schools are quite common in South Africa, so you’ll find some international schools in Johannesburg that include boarding facilities. Remember this is usually optional - you can always choose ‘day school’ for your child instead.

Below, we have compiled our top 10 international schools in Johannesburg. However, there are another 15 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 Johannesburg based on your requirements.

Best 10 International Schools in Johannesburg

Out of a total of 25 International Schools in Johannesburg.

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

American International School of Johannesburg

"Inspired Learners: Connected, Creative, and Courageous"
"Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed, and courageously make a difference"
Curriculum
IB, American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: R 302,272
to: R 542,608
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Deutsche Internationale Schule Johannesburg

Deutsche Internationale Schule Johannesburg is a cosmopolitan, multicultural, German-South African school of encounter, supported by the German Federal government.
DSJ offers German and South African stream.
Curriculum
German
Languages of instruction
English, German
Ages
1 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: R 63,180
to: R 83,580
Reviews
(1 review)
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Lycée Jules Verne

Established in 1992, the Lycée Jules Verne offers internationally accredited education, making it an educational gateway for students to the rest of the world.
The school’s primary focus is to prepare students for international challenges.
Curriculum
French
Languages of instruction
English, French
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: R 76,750
to: R 101,400
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Alma Mater International School

The focus at Alma Mater is to develop well-rounded young men and women who are specifically groomed to excel at secondary and tertiary study. The Cambridge International Examinations were created for this precise purpose. Learners can also complete their A Levels at Alma Mater; this option greatly benefits learners who want to pursue careers in highly specialised fields such as medicine. Alma Mater provides a safe, friendly and disciplined learning environment in which it builds social and academic skills in self-confident students.
Curriculum
British, Christian
Language of instruction
English
Ages
1 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: R 32,680
to: R 89,550
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(1 review)
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Curriculum
South African
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 13
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: R 83,960
to: R 100,944
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Horizon High School

Horizon High School is a dynamic and progressive school that aims to provide the best possible education to the students under the parameters of sound values and a disciplined environment and it emphasises on the development of academic, intellectual, moral and social values in its students.
Curriculum
South African
Language of instruction
English
Ages
13 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: R 40,000
to: R 40,000
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Reddam House Bedfordview

Reddam House Bedfordview private school in Johannesburg provides education, which extends beyond the traditional academic ambit.
Reddam House Bedfordview is situated in the serenity of the old Kensington golf course, high above the gold-bearing reefs of Egoli, amid Victorian homes of a bygone era.
Curriculum
South African
Language of instruction
English
Ages
1 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: R 64,794
to: R 135,136
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(1 review)
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Reddford House Northcliff

Ideally situated on the affluent Northcliff Ridge, surrounded by the upmarket, leafy northern suburbs, Reddford House Northcliff’s prime location offers easy access from all major routes. The Reddford Schools are filled with joy, enthusiasm, commitment, positivity, respect, a real family vibe that has made the schools shear magic.
Curriculum
South African
Language of instruction
English
Ages
1 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: R 59,545
to: R 117,653
Reviews
(1 review)
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Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
13 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: R 73,150
to: R 77,550
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(11 reviews)
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St James Preparatory School

We are a small school based in a beautiful Heritage building on the outskirts of the Johannesburg CBD. Our classes are small and intimate and our teaching staff is caring and passionate about teaching.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 13
This school does not make their fees public.
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