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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 the top 10 international schools in Johannesburg according to our users. However, there are another 18 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 28 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 - 2023/2024
from: R 360,468
to: R 647,064

Daybridge International High School

Our school provides a structured, disciplined, friendly environment, with individual attention within a relaxed atmosphere. Our learners are respected as individuals and encouraged to develop confidence and fulfil their potential by participating actively with peers and educators in a democratic collective. Our children are well- prepared for a future with success and a love for learning.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
13 to 18
Yearly fees - 2024/2025
from: R 69,690
to: R 75,090
Reviews
(13 reviews)

Deutsche Internationale Schule Johannesburg

The Deutsche Internationale Schule Johannesburg (DSJ) offers young people superior and steadfast preparation for the complex challenges of our global world.
Curriculum
German
Languages of instruction
English, German
Ages
1 to 18
Yearly fees - 2024/2025
from: R 76,620
to: R 101,400
Reviews
(2 reviews)

ESCA Wanderers

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.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
9 to 18
Yearly fees - 2024/2025
from: R 138,000
to: R 156,000

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.
Curriculum
South African
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 13
Yearly fees - 2024/2025
from: R 102,066
to: R 125,729

Michael Mount Waldorf School

Michael Mount Waldorf School is an alternative private school situated in Bryanston, Johannesburg catering from 4 months to matric. Our holistic approach to education prioritizes critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century.
Curriculum
Waldorf
Language of instruction
English
Ages
1 to 18
Yearly fees - 2024/2025
from: R 84,177
to: R 137,881
Reviews
(1 review)

Jacaranda International School

At Jacaranda International, the journey of lifelong learning begins at just 3 months old. Our school offers a comprehensive international curriculum designed to inspire young minds from infancy up until secondary school. We also offer French as an additional language and have a wide variety of extracurricular activities.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
1 to 18
Yearly fees - 2024/2025
from: R 44,990
to: R 66,000

Marist Brothers Linmeyer

Our school motto is “Certum Pete Finem”; this is Latin for, “Seek a definite goal”. If you want to become successful in life, you must have a definite goal — where you want to go, what you want to become, where you want to see yourself in the future. A definite goal will help you to remain focused on the work that matters most.
Founded on the Catholic Marist values of humility, simplicity and modesty, we are guided by the example of St Marcellin Champagnat, our founder, and aim to produce resilient young people who are eager to make a difference in the world.
Curriculum
Catholic
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 18
Yearly fees - 2024/2025
from: R 81,200
to: R 124,700

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 - 2023/2024
from: R 87,870
to: R 116,091

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