International Schools in Cape Town

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International schools in Cape Town are a popular choice for expat parents looking to ensure continuity in their children’s education. Standards are generally high with teaching staff often including expatriates experienced in delivering the core curriculum of their home system.
A further advantage is the opportunity for expat children to form connections with children from diverse countries and backgrounds who nevertheless share the complex experience of being an expat child. Fees vary but are generally comparable to domestic private schools in Cape Town.
American International School of Cape Town
Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International
Ages: 4 to 19
This school provides a comprehensive education based mainly on the American curriculum but with international elements.
Chester House
Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: Cambridge International Examinations
Ages: 4 to 18
With a campus in Durbanville, this is the only school offering a non-South African curriculum in the Northern Suburbs.
Deutsche Schule Kapstadt
Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: German
Ages: 5 to 18
Students graduate with a South African NSC as well as either a German Language Diploma Level B2/C1 or German International Abitur. Extra-curricular activities focus mainly on sports and music.
French School
Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: French
Ages: 4 to 18
Pupils are taught a bilingual curriculum eventually graduating with DNB Diplôme National du Brevet at the end of Grade 9 and the “French Baccalaureat” at the end of Grade 12.
International School of Cape Town
Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: British
Ages: 4 to 19
A school with an outstanding academic track record, it often produces students who achieve top results in the Cambridge examinations.
International School of Hout Bay
Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: British
Ages: 3,5 to 18
This school in the small beach-side town of Hout Bay offers the PYP (Primary Years Program), IGSCSE and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).

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