Awesome alternative schooling options in Gauteng

Alternative schools

What if you decided your child should leave his/ her current school and consider alternative schooling? How would you go about this and what schooling options do you have?

TUITION AND SUPPORT

Kumon SA

Kumon Parkwood Centre

mycyberwall.co.za 

CURRICULUM PROVIDERS

Mindscape Education

SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOLS

Barnswallows Swift Academy

Midrand Innovative Learning Centre

ONLINE AND ON-SITE

Dawncroft Ed

Hannaford Homeschool and Tutor Centre

Montessori Eco Schools

Moore House Academy

 Princeton  Centre of Learning

Starr Student and Tutor Centre Benoni

Synaptic College

CHECKLIST:

What to do when changing schools 

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TUITION AND ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

There are a number of available resources to help your child improve their marks and boost their overall performance.

Kumon SA

  • AGE: 3yrs – 18yrs
  • WHERE: All Areas
  • CLICK HERE for more information

Kumon offers Maths and English learning programmes for students of all ages and abilities. The re- structured program allows continuity with lessons during Covid-19, offering home-based study with remote online support. Available nationwide, Kumon centres are open to new enrolments. Enquire now.

Kumon Parkwood Study Centre

  • AGE: 3yrs – 18yrs
  • WHERE: All Areas
  • CLICK HERE for more information

Kumon Parkwood is now on Zoom! Join the leaders in home-based learning for Maths and English Zoom and in-centre classes. Plus, receive additional online homework support. Check out the Covid-19 specials.  Enquire now.

mycyberwall.co.za (www.mycyberwall.co.za)

  • GRADES: 4-7
  • WHERE: Online
  • CLICK HERE for more information

CAPS aligned, award-winning e-learning platform for grades 4 – 7. Interactive content can be used online or downloaded and printed. This is the ideal resource if your child has gone back to school and needs extra help or is learning at home. Enquire now.

 

ONLINE AND ON-SITE LEARNING

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The growing trend is to opt for homeschooling, due to its flexibility and affordability. Homeschooling allows kids to learn either at home or at a tuition centre that supports homeschooling. Purchase a curriculum package and relevant resources and choose a learning centre. This option does however require the assistance of parents and tutors. Below is a list of good curriculum providers and learning centres:

  • Curriculum Providers

Mindscape Education

  • GRADES: R – 12
  • WHERE: Online
  • CLICK HERE for more information

Benefit from a world-class curriculum! The CAPS aligned homeschool package includes materials, assessments, guidance and continuous support for all grades. Always mindful of what matters most – your child.  Enquire now.

  • Learning Centres

 

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Barnswallows Swift Acaemy

  • AGE: 3yrs – 10yrs
  • WHERE: Linden
  • CLICK HERE for more information

Opens a new door for autistic and special needs kids! Develop their potential far above expectations as they are nurtured and taught in a therapeutic environment. Small groups allow holistic development of each child at its own pace, focusing on life skills and health and diet in an environment free of toxins and harmful chemicals. Enquire now

Dawncroft Ed

  • GRADES: 10 -12
  • WHERE: Randburg | Online
  • Type:
  • CLICK HERE for more information

For your convenience: an online, CAPS aligned homeschooling tuition centre that lets you work from the comfort of your home AND provides and marks your NSC portfolios! OR choose part/full time onsite tuition and complete or rewrite matric in a stress free and helpful environment. Enquire now

Hannaford Homeschool and Tutor Centre

  • GRADES: R – 7
  • WHERE: Randburg  | Online
  • CLICK HERE for more information

Join the personalized online program for your child’s special needs. Incorporating Brain Gym and educational kinesiology with the current GDE curriculum, Hannaford’s tutors will guide you every step of the way. Available for Grades R-7, both online and additional onsite support. Enquire now

Midrand innovative Learning Centre

  • GRADES : 000 – 11 | Special Needs
  • WHERE: Midrand
  • CLICK HERE for more information

A home based cottage school that prides itself in its innovative methods of teaching with different learning styles. Learners will thrive on attention and enjoy a wide range of stimulating programs, such as science lab, specialised art, coding, speech and drama and French. Get up to 30% off for first time enrolments. Enquire now

Montessori Eco Schools

  • GRADES: 000 – 7
  • WHERE: Fourways | Chartwell
  • CLICK HERE for more information

Where the holistic development of your child is priority! With passionate and driven teachers and nature as a teacher too, pre- and primary school kids are set to receive an international level of education. The established campuses produce happy children with excellent academic results. Enquire now

Moore House Academy

  • GRADES: 8 – 12
  • WHERE: Lanseria | Online
  • Type:
  • CLICK HERE for more information

Rethinking high school education? Switch to e-learning with an easy transition from mainstream, using the CAPS aligned material for online education. Obtain your NSC certificate from the comfort of your home. Onsite lessons also available at various venues. Send your contact details.


Princeton Centre of Learning

  • GRADES: 4- 12
  • WHERE: Randburg | Sandton
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Choose a unique combination of face-to-face and online lessons to suit your needs. Well supported classes for Grades 4-12, using the Impaq curriculum. Available at both the Randburg and Sandton centres.  The perfect solution in these uncertain times. Enquire now.


Starr Student Tutor Centre Benoni

  • GRADES: 7 – 12
  • WHERE: Benoni
  • CLICK HERE for more information

With a unique combination of both Brainline  and Impaq, the homeschool centre ensures students receive quality education. Reach your full potential! Complete Gr 7-12 IEB or CAPS aligned with the help of dedicated tutors. Zoom classes offered to cater for Covid-19. Enquire now!


Synaptic College

  • GRADES: 8 – 12
  • WHERE: Robertsham | Olivedale
  • CLICK HERE for more information

A micro-school for students who would thrive in a smaller and more meaningful learning space. With one teacher for up to 10 students, a progressive learning approach, CAPS aligned Mindscape curriculum and years of experience, the homeschool centre is a cut above the mainstream. Enquire now

ONLINE SCHOOLING OPTIONS

Your child can de-register from his/her current school and register with an online school. As opposed to homeschooling, online schooling offers live lessons and assessments etc are all submitted via portals. It is structured learning, with a guiding hand and conclusive results. Whilst parents only oversee homework, kids who may not be used to this kind of discipline may require additional support     

Click here to find a list of online schools

Checklist: helping you make the switch

When choosing from the schooling options, make sure you :

  • de-register from your current school (check the refund policies, and transfer/termination notice periods)
  • apply to the GDE for homeschooling (most institutions offer this service)
  • check that the institution is SACAI compliant (South African Comprehensive Assessment Institute  which monitors education providers who adhere to the Department of Basic Education’s CAPS curriculum)
  • check the curriculum on offer at the institute and ensure there is an easy transition to and from mainstream school, should your child wish to return to mainstream schooling. The various curricula available in SA are:
      • CAPS ( the current government curriculum)
      • IEB ( some private schools curriculum)
      • Cambridge ( a British curriculum)
      • GED ( American curriculum)
  • check that the certification obtained is sufficient for your career choices and university entry. Other than NSC and IEB, one may be required to apply for Matric Exemption before applying at a university. The different certifications are:
      • NSC ( National Senior Certificate): what we know as the matric certificate, or high school diploma, recognised in SA.
      • IEB (Independant Examination Board): also known as a matric certificate, recognised in SA
      • HIGCSE, IGCSE, NQF, A levels, O Levels: British qualifications after completion of the Cambridge Curriculum
      • GED (General Education Diploma): American qualification,  closest comparable qualification to the NSC

More schooling options

Johannesburg has a wealth of schools that may be better suited for your child. Click here to browse through a list of these schools and various schooling options, each catering for different needs.

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