What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children?
Expatriates generally enroll their children either in the North American International School or private schools.
What are some examples of these schools?
There are many good private schools to choose from, among which are St Alban’s College for Boys, St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls, Crawford Schools, British International College and Max Stibbe Waldorf School. This is a small selection of what is available.
Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools?
The private schools do have waiting lists, but places will normally be found for expatriates.
Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)?
Yes, there are many pre-schools to choose from. There are waiting lists, but places can be found for expatriate children. Children attend pre-school from the ages of 3 - 6.
How are most kids transported to and from school?
Parents generally transport their children to and from school.
When does the typical school year start and end?
The school year starts in January and ends in December. Most private schools have three terms within the year.
Is there anything else I should know about local schools?
Matric is the examination level studied for in South African schools, although GSCE and International Baccalaureate are offered in selected private schools. Children normally enter grade 1 at 7 years of age.
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