Expats have a variety of choice when it comes to education and schools in Johannesburg. There are many government-run public schools of varying quality, independent private schools as well as international schools.
Government schools such as King Edward's School and Parktown Boys are excellent. Regrettably, however, these are the exception. Instead, the majority of expats send their children to private or international schools in and around the city.
Private tuition can be expensive – as much as 140,000 ZAR a year for an elite private boarding school – but the standards of private schools in the city are generally in line with high quality schools in the West.
Some of the best private schools in Johannesburg include St Stithians College, St John's College, St Mary’s School and St Peter's. Additionally, a number of schools offer international curricula such as the American International School of Johannesburg, Charterhouse School and Horizon International High School.
As is the case almost everywhere, the waiting lists for the best schools in Johannesburg are long, and expats are advised to apply as far in advance as possible if they want to their children to attend their school of choice.
How to choose the right school in Johannesburg
Most expats send their children to one of the four international schools in Johannesburg
. However, there is also a large number of excellent South African private schools that should be taken into consideration.