Private schools in Cape Town

Private schools in Cape Town are often excellent and range from pedigreed co-educational institutions to alternative education models. Annual fees for tuition and boarding can be extremely pricey at the most elite schools. However, in return, students are exposed to high-quality teaching and excellent facilities such as cutting-edge science labs, well-tended sports fields and a wide range of cultural activities.

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Bishops Diocesan College

Gender: Boys only

Curriculum: South African

Age: 4 to 18 (Kindergarten to Grade 12)

Bishops has a long, prestigious history and a magnificent campus in the leafy suburb of Rondebosch on the slopes of Table Mountain. Boarding facilities are available.


Cedar House High School

Gender: Co-educational

Curriculum: South African / Independent Examinations Board (IEB)

Age: 8 to 18 (Grade 4 to Grade 12)

An intimate school with small class sizes that celebrates individuality and aims to provide a “non-petty, warm, academically rigorous” environment. The school is in Kenilworth and has good co- and extra-curricular programmes.


Constantia Waldorf School

Gender: Co-educational

Curriculum: Waldorf / South African

Age: 6 to 18 (Playgroup to Grade 12)

Set in beautiful 15-acre grounds in the upmarket suburb of Constantia, this school's curriculum is based on the educational ideas of Rudolf Steiner and aims to mould well-rounded men and women.


Curro Private Schools

Gender: Co-educational

Curriculum: South African / IEB

Age: 3 months to 18 years (Nursery school to Grade 12)

There are several campuses in different parts of the city's northern suburbs which cater to different age groups. The school follows a Christian ethos, while teaching its students to be creative, responsible thinkers. 


Herschel Girls School

Gender: Girls only

Curriculum: South African

Age: 3 to 18 (Pre-school to Grade 12)

Founded in 1922, Herschel Girls is based in Claremont and is known for being one of the best schools in Cape Town. Equal emphasis is placed on academics, culture and sport, with the school especially enjoying a good reputation for the latter. 


Herzlia Middle School and Herzlia High School

Gender: Co-educational

Curriculum: South African

Age: 13 to 18 (Grade 7 to Grade 12)

This Jewish school in Oranjezicht is part of the United Herzlia Schools group which has several schools in Cape Town, including feeder pre-schools. Students are required to learn Hebrew and Jewish Studies although all creeds are welcome.


Parklands College

Gender: Co-educational

Curriculum: South African

Age: 3 to 18 (Pre-primary to Grade 12)

A non-denominational school on the Atlantic Seaboard with a good range of extra-curricular activities Read more


Reddam House

Gender: Co-educational

Curriculum: IEB / Cambridge

Age: 1 to 18 (Pre-kindergarten to Grade 12)

A non-denominational school with campuses in the prestigious suburb of Constantia and in Green Point on the Atlantic Seaboard. Its schools have a strong cultural and sporting tradition.


St Cyprian’s School

Gender: Girls only

Curriculum: South African / IEB

Age: 6 to 18 (Pre-preparatory to Grade 12)

A member of the international schools group Round Square, St Cyprian's is an Anglican denomination school which has daily chapel and boarding facilities. The campus is in Oranjezicht in central Cape Town.


St Joseph’s Marist College

Gender: Co-educational

Curriculum: South African

Age: 3 to 18 (Pre-primary to Grade 12)

A Catholic school with a Montessori primary school and a good Special Needs programme for students aged 10 to 20. The school's campus is in Rondebosch.