Hello! We are an expat family from Turkey to register our 5 year-old boy to a kindergarden in a school in CT/Somerset West, but we cannot decide on the school. Nearby neighbourhood is also acceptable. First, he needs to learn English. Is it wise to enroll him to a pre-primary in an international school so that he can carry on his grades there? I know the differences between private and international schools, however, still cant identify which will be the best. Can anyone give us some names of good schools, any local information that is not listed on google and schools' websites???? Anything valuable that we need to know is appreciated! Thank you. Sunduz.
How long will your family be in Cape Town? Are you planning on taking up another expat position after this one? If you are, letting your son start his education at an international school might be preferable because it will give him a sense of continuity when moving to your next country.
The language barrier is another thing to consider. An international school is more likely to have other students in the same position and teachers who are trained to help your son learn English faster. Expat Arrivals' Education and Schools in South Africa has some useful information to help you make your decision.
What kind of curriculum would you like your son to study?
Although South Africa's public school system is poor compared to Turkey's, many of South Africa's private and international schools are excellent.
As the 'language of instruction' in most private/international schools will be in English, your son will be able to learn English quickly. Has he learnt any pre-school English so far?
There are a few fantastic international schools in Cape Town/Somerset West. The closest to you will be the Helderberg International School, which is in Somerset West. Read through the Expat Arrivals list of reputable International schools for more options.
Most good private schools are a 20-40 minute drive from Somerset West. How far are you prepared to drive to drop off your son at school? It might still be worth reading through Expat Arrivals' list of good private schools.
If you have any more questions then please post them here.