International schools in Cape Town are a popular choice for expat parents. Standards are generally high, and international schools are often staffed by expat teachers experienced in delivering the core curriculum of their home system. Consistency, continuity and a sense of familiarity at school can be immeasurably helpful for children adjusting to such a major move.
A further advantage is an 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. Expat parents, too, can benefit from connecting with fellow expats in the school's community.
International schools in Cape Town
American International School of Cape Town
Ages: 2 to 18
Deutsche Schule Kapstadt
Ages: 5 to 18
Hout Bay International School
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate and British (Cambridge IGCSE)
Ages: 3 to 19
International School of Cape Town
Curriculum: British (English National Curriculum, Cambridge IGCSE and A-levels)
Ages: 3 to 18
L'école Française du Cap
Ages: 2 to 18
Reddam House Durbanville
Curriculum: South African (IEB), Cambridge IGCSE and A-levels
Ages: 1 to 18
Note: Many expats send their children to one of the excellent private schools in Cape Town rather than an international school.
Download the free Expat Arrivals Cape Town Schools Guide for an overview of what expat parents can expect from the school system in Cape Town. Read about a typical school day, the difference between public and private schools, and everything you need to know about the admissions process.
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