Address: St David Road, Houghton, 2198
Telephone: +27 10 492 0300
Gender: Primarily boys only; girls are admitted at Sixth-Form level to complete A-Levels
Teaching language: English
Curriculum: South African (IEB) and A-Levels
Ages: 3 to 18
St John's College was founded in 1898 in Johannesburg and is primarily a boys' school for students in Grades 0 to 12. Students follow the South African curriculum up to the National Senior Certificate examinations in Grade 12. There is also a Sixth Form which admits both girls and boys to study toward A-Levels. The school has a prestigious history with strong Anglican traditions, and pupils attend chapel every morning.
St John's has a strong sporting tradition comparable to the best English boarding schools, with excellent facilities including an Astroturf field, a rowing clubhouse and a heated water polo pool. Extra-curricular activities include favourite South African sports such as rugby, as well as golf, rowing and basketball.
What the school says
“Academic excellence, not only in achieving superb results in final examinations, but also in supporting those who struggle academically, is a characteristic of St John’s. If you were to stand in the beautiful quadrangles and watch the comings and goings of the boys, you would see a sense of purpose, energy, and an enthusiasm. The boys are passionately proud of their school and have a great sense of belonging. This leads to a community spirit where boys, girls, teachers, parents, and old boys have an identity as Johannians. They are proud of their heritage and show respect for the diversity that makes up this community.”
The school follows the IEB South African curriculum and boys study toward the IEB National Senior Certificate in Grade 12. There is also a co-educational Sixth Form where students follow the British curriculum, preparing for Cambridge A-Level examinations.
From the headmaster
“There is a wonderful rhythm to a good school; a sense of delight and a generosity of spirit. It is a colourful, busy place with loads of energy. St John’s has a rich curriculum, both inside and outside of the classroom, and I invite you to come and visit us, and in a sense see for yourself the treasure that is this great and beautiful school.”
– Roger Cameron