Private schools in Johannesburg

Many of the private schools in Johannesburg have religious origins but are now mostly either non-denominational or tolerant of other beliefs. Private schools in the city are registered with the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA) and Grade 12 students generally write the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) matric exam, which is held in higher regard than the state matric qualification.

There are a number of reputable private schools in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, where most expats live.


Private schools in Johannesburg

Brescia House School

Established in 1966, this Catholic girls' school is considered one of the best schools in the country. The campus is in Bryanston. Read more

Gender: Girls only
Curriculum: South African (IEB)
Ages: 4 to 18

Redhill School

Redhill is over 100 years old and has around 1,100 students. The campus is in the Morningside/Sandton area. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: South African (IEB)
Ages: 3 to 18

Roedean School

A prestigious girls' school with a hundred-year-long history, modelled on the school of the same name in Brighton, UK. Read more

Gender: Girls only
Curriculum: South African (IEB)
Ages: 5 to 18

St David's Marist Inanda

St David's is a boys' school with a Catholic ethos in Sandton. The school has a strong sporting tradition. Read more

Gender: Boys only
Curriculum: South African (IEB)
Ages: 3 to 18

St Peter's Boys School

With a history that goes back to 1950, St Peter’s Boys School is an Anglican primary school accepting students from Grade 0 to 7. Read more

Gender: Boys only
Curriculum: South African (IEB)
Ages: 4 to 13 

St Peter's Girls School

St Peter’s Girls School is an Anglican Diocesan primary school accepting students from Grade 0 to 7. Read more

Gender: Girls only
Curriculum: South African (IEB)
Ages: 4 to 13

St Peter's College

This Anglican prep school was established in 1950, although the independent high school has been operating since 1998. The campus is in Bryanston. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: South African (IEB)
Ages: 14 to 18

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