Alternative Schools in Gauteng

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Nowadays, many children donít seem to cope well in mainstream schools and may just need a different approach to really be the best learners they can be. Many alternative private schools have been established to offer your child a learning experience that suits their specific needs. Forward thinking, innovative, emotionally supportive and non-traditional are some of the words used to describe these unconventional schools. For children that are ADHD, lateral thinkers, highly energetic, gifted or even kids that have learning difficulties and need remedial help, youíll find a school thatís appropriate to you and your family in Gauteng here.

Begin your search below with our comprehensive list of alternative private schools and take the time to understand what each school offers.

Penhurst Academy
Johannesburg
A home schooling support and tuition centre for GR 7-A levels, internationally aligned syllabus,micro-tutoring classes, international exams in comfortable small environment.
From 12 - 18 yrs old
Elite College of Excellence
Johannesburg
Dance & performing arts inspired school from grade R to matric, academic institution
From 3 - 18 yrs old
Princeton Centre of Learning - Sandton
Johannesburg
online and offline home study centre where a personalised study program is designed for each student. The fully recognised Impak curriculum is used.
From 12 - 18 yrs old
Princeton Centre of Learning - Randburg
Johannesburg
online and on site home schooling for 12 to 18 year olds in Blairgowrie. Small classes. Individual attention.
From 12 - 18 yrs old
Synaptic College
Johannesburg
Mainstream alternative education facility specialising in array of subjects for Gr 8 to 12 learners, home school enviroment based in Olivedale.
From 14 - 18 yrs old
Hannaford Homeschool and Tutor Centre
Johannesburg
We are a home school centre, alternative learning centre, after care implementing BrainGym and educational kinesiology
From 6 - 13 yrs old
Cyber School
Johannesburg; East Rand / Ekurhuleni; West Rand; Pretoria / Tshwane; Vaal Triangle / Sedi...
A comprehensive teaching service that offers academic guidance and assistance, yet it is managed and functions like a school for all ages.
All ages
Tutor the Future
Johannesburg
Home schooling tutor centre for Grades 4 - 7. Small classes. Individual attention.
From 9 - 14 yrs old
Savvy Kids Centre of learning
Johannesburg
Homeschool, tuition centre, learning support therapy, parent/teacher/learner educational workshops
From 4 - 16 yrs old
St George's Academy
Johannesburg
We provide specialised support for learners with barriers to learning and assist in tutoring students who are home-schooled using an externally sourced curriculum, catered to fit the individual needs of your child.
From 5 - 9 yrs old
Murray House School
Johannesburg
Homeschool with small classes to ensure the individual attention needed for success is given. Cambridge & some CAPS curriculum followed. Extra lessons also offered in English, Maths and Afrikaans.
From 6 - 18 yrs old
Willow House Tutor Centre
Johannesburg
Registered Impaq Tutor Centre, small classes, individualised learning, structured timetable.
From 12 - 18 yrs old
Mimosa Pre-Primary and Foundation Phase School
Johannesburg
Nursery school and creche offering highly qualified teachers and a nurturing Reggio inspired environment in a house with a large garden and swimming pool
From 18 mnths - 9 yrs old
StarrStudent Tutor Centre & Homeschool
East Rand / Ekurhuleni
Home school based tuition (grade 8-12) and extra lessons (all grades)
From 6 - 18 yrs old
Sandra's House Educare
Johannesburg
Education center offers home schooling and unschooling for gr. R Ė 12 in all subjects. Sandra has experience with gr. R Ė 12 learners with Autism, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Epilepsy and hard of hearing students.
From 5 - 18 yrs old
Intuition Tuition Centre Reviews
West Rand
Full time and part-time tuition, as well as examination invigilation to learners Grade R-12. Parents hand pick the recognised curriculum provider, which is best suited to their child.
From 7 - 18 yrs old
Kim Field Academy Pre Primary and Primary Education
Johannesburg
Nursery school, Primary Education for children from Grade R to 7 with aftercare, holiday care, extra murals, meals and more.
From 12 mnths - 13 yrs old
Excel Study Centre
East Rand / Ekurhuleni
Cottage school, micro school study centre, GED, Cambridge British International homeschool, high school, IGCSE AS
From 12 - 18 yrs old
Natural Dynamix School Reviews
West Rand
Independent Pre-primary, Primary and High School offering small, attentive and inspiring learning environment in a beautiful country setting, where we provide a progressive and mindful approach to mainstream schooling.
From 3 - 18 yrs old
Omatas Assisted Learning School
Johannesburg
Homeschool that builds self-esteem, physical development and academics
From 6 - 13 yrs old
Studio of Learning
Johannesburg
Blairgowrie Randburg - An independent learning centre for learners who struggle in a mainstream environment. Individualised learning in small classes. Grade 1 Ė 12. Mainstream curriculum. Remedial assistance offered.
From 6 - 18 yrs old
The reach academy
Johannesburg; East Rand / Ekurhuleni
An academy using the Impaq homeschooling approach with small interactive classes, offering study skills and extra lessons.
From 8 - 18 yrs old
Crest Academy
Johannesburg
Crest Academy is an educational centre which offers a supported mainstream academic education for children from Grade 8-12
From 13 - 18 yrs old
Icandoit Therapy Centre
Johannesburg
We provide drug free therapy for children struggling in reading, writing , concentration, anxiety, etc, using the Tomatis method.
From 5 yrs - All ages
Arden Academy
Johannesburg
Alternative schooling centre - Unique farm school setting, complete with a dam and wildlife.
From 2 wks - 18 yrs old
Amazing K Therapy & Remedial Academy
Johannesburg
Nursery school and foundation phase primary school for children with autism, pervasive development disorders, ADD/ADHD & Aspergers. Offering specialized educational services, a fully adapted CAPS curriculum, extra murals & therapies.
From 2 - 10 yrs old
Evolve Online School
Johannesburg; Pretoria / Tshwane; East Rand / Ekurhuleni; West Rand; Vaal Triangle / Sedi...
Online School, Grade R-9, designed to take each child on a journey of personal mastery, using trend setting curriculum mapping systems developed by MIT, where they progress at their own deliberate or accelerated pace.
From 5 - 18 yrs old
Megamind
Johannesburg
Mainstream alternative education facility specialising in array of subjects for Gr 8 to 12 learners, home school enviroment based in Olivedale.
From 6 - 18 yrs old
EduAcademia
Johannesburg; Pretoria / Tshwane; West Rand; East Rand / Ekurhuleni; Vaal Triangle / Sedi...
Online school for Foundation and Intermediate Phase learners. We strive to create a nurturing, academic online environment for our learners, while providing a safe space for our learners to socially interact through our optional extra-mural programs.
From 5 - 10 yrs old
The Bridge
Johannesburg
Assisted learning school for children who face learning challenges such as ADHD, ADD, dyslexia, mild autism, anxiety, or children who have been through illness or trauma which has affected their scholastic progress.
From 6 - 13 yrs old
Ihsan School
Johannesburg
Providing a structured environment that supports and enhances each learners potential. The programme includes self-help skills, empowerment skills, independence, appropriate social and emotional skills.
All ages
aSTEAM Education Centre
Johannesburg
Alternate education centre for grades 4 to 9 in a caring, homely environment. We also offer extra lessons/tuition for kids.
From 7 - 16 yrs old
EduCroft
Johannesburg
Online curriculum provider and homeschool support centre. We offer CAPS curriculum to homeschool families over our online platform with the option of student support at our education centre based in Randpark Ridge.
From 7 yrs - All ages
C.A.R.E Centre for Autism Research & Education
Johannesburg
An early intervention therapy centre pre-school and Centre of Focused Learning, for children aged 18 months to 12 years who present with features of the Autistic Spectrum Disorder. A safe place where these learners come for therapy, education, love
From 18 mnths - 18 yrs old
Out The Box Learning Centre
Johannesburg
We have a unique space for children to learn in different ways such as confidence, social interaction. We also have a party venue and a playground for the rainy days.
From 3 - 10 yrs old
Riverstone Village
Johannesburg
Self-Directed Education, SDE, Unschooling, alternative, community, nature, play, creative, learning, centre, Sudbury
From 4 - 18 yrs old
Midrand Innovative Learning Centre
Johannesburg
Cottage school from Grade 000 - Grade 11
From 3 yrs - All ages
Loving Child Montessori
West Rand
Montessori education, nursery school, creche for kids aged 18 months to 6 years old and primary grade 1 to 7 in Weltevreden Park
From 2 - 6 yrs old
Think Digital College
Johannesburg; Pretoria / Tshwane; East Rand / Ekurhuleni; West Rand; Vaal Triangle / Sedi...
Online school for Grade R to Matric. We provide a CAPS and British International aligned curricula. Support for homeschoolilng parents, cottage schools and alternative schools
From 6 - 18 yrs old
Online Learning Academy
Johannesburg; Pretoria / Tshwane; East Rand / Ekurhuleni; West Rand; Vaal Triangle / Sedi...
Online Homeschool that is based on the Impaq syllabus and is meant for students who want to still pursue education in these trying times while still in the safety of their homes
From 10 - 12 yrs old
Global Village College (Pty) Ltd
Johannesburg; Pretoria / Tshwane; East Rand / Ekurhuleni; West Rand; Vaal Triangle / Sedi...
An online learning college that prepares students for Cambridge International qualifications and develops the tools, skills and mind-sets children need to prosper and thrive in their future world. From 10-18yrs
From 10 - 18 yrs old
Glow Academy Learning Centre
West Rand
Homeschooling, Home School, Learning Centre, Cottage School
From 12 yrs - All ages
The Turning Point DealsReviews
Johannesburg; Pretoria / Tshwane
Home School Facilitation Gr 1 - 9 Private School Curriculum and IEB Matric; Extra Lessons; Remedial Therapy; Counselling; Assessments
From 6 - 18 yrs old
St Vincent School of the Deaf
Johannesburg
St Vincent has a proud history of educating deaf children for the past 75 years. We adopt a child-centered, play based approach to education.We believe in developing the whole child.
From 2 - 18 yrs old
The Collective Genius Centre
Johannesburg
Offers Cambridge Distance Learning and Homeschool Tuition from Checkpoint 1 (Grade 7) to As level (Grade 12). Our dynamic, hyper-visual environment ensures that students have access to every resource they need to reach their potential.
From 11 yrs - All ages
Unity College
Johannesburg
A school for special needs children which offers therapy, extra mural activities & an integrated learning programme for ages 3 to 23 years old.
Art of Living
Johannesburg
Yoga, Breath Work, Meditation, Mindfulness, Intuition, Art Excel, Yes, Art of Living, Know Your Child, Stress Management
From 5 - 18 yrs old
Montessori Eco Schools
Johannesburg
An international Montessori based preschool and primary school with a wide variety of extra-murals and more.
From 1 - 13 yrs old
Kairos School of Inquiry
Johannesburg
A special alternative primary school emphasising creative expression, personal growth as much as academic achievement.
From 5 - 13 yrs old
Impaq Education
Pretoria / Tshwane; East Rand / Ekurhuleni; Johannesburg; West Rand; Vaal Triangle / Sedi...
We provide you with the necessary products, services and tools to enable your child to complete Grade R to Grade 12 at home. After successful completion of Grade 12, Impaq candidates qualify to receive a National Senior Certificate (NSC).
From 4 yrs - All ages
Purple Mash by 2Simple
Johannesburg; Pretoria / Tshwane; East Rand / Ekurhuleni; West Rand; Vaal Triangle / Sedi...
Powerful & creative educational software (CAPS aligned) for home learners and schools. Our program encourages children to love learning! Educational, creative & inspiring tool that incl a collection of essential child-friendly games and activities.
From 4 - 14 yrs old
Daybridge International High School Reviews
West Rand
Private high school that teaches the Cambridge curriculum : Foundation (Grade 8-9), IG and AS levels (Grade 10- 12).
From 13 - 18 yrs old
Sunny Smiles Assisted Learning Centre
West Rand
Assisted Learning Centre - stimulating home school environment for kids with emotional, learning or language difficulties.
From 4 - 10 yrs old
Moore House Academy
East Rand / Ekurhuleni; Johannesburg; Pretoria / Tshwane; West Rand; Vaal Triangle / Sedi...
Online and onsite education for all learners in Grade 8 to Grade 12. Your child can obtain their National Senior Certificate just as if they were attending a public school while in the comfort of their own home.
From 12 yrs - All ages
DawnCroft Ed Reviews
Johannesburg
An alternative schooling centre which aims to support parents whose children prefer smaller classrooms and personalized education.
From 15 yrs - All ages
Barnswallows Swift Academy
West Rand
Therapeutic academy for children with special needs. We make use of a variety of therapies, including scio, chiropractic intervention, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and nutritional counseling.
From 3 - 10 yrs old
Abbotts College
Johannesburg; Pretoria / Tshwane; Cape Town
Private alternative high schools in various areas of South Africa
From 13 - 18 yrs old
FlinkDink Academy
West Rand
Professional individual maths tutoring as well as homeschooling support in all subjects.
All ages

How to use this directory for alternative schools


All the schools have been listed so that you get an overview of what the schools offer. The brief description under the name of each school will explain a bit about what they offer. You may narrow your search down by clicking on the search by suburb link.

How do I know what approach is best for my child?


Whatís common with all these alternative schools is that they all offer small classes, intimate learning environments and individualised attention. Some may only be for primary school level while others go all the way through to matric. Hands-on experience is often used to facilitate learning.

Various curricula are used and the schools are registered with the Department of Education to ensure they maintain appropriate standards of education. Some schools follow the government approved CAPS curriculum, some use the Impaq syllabus and then there is the Cambridge syllabus. You will also find a Finnish model of learning as well as schools with completely unconventional ways and means of teaching. All of these methods and approaches will still lead your child to a good education, with a schooling experience that is more conducive to his/her learning needs.

Best would be to set up an appointment and visit a school that peaks your interest and see what itís all about. Be sure to ask if they are registered and are recognized by the Department of Education.

Begin your search


Spend some time browsing through the schools advertised on this page. You will find their contact details, website addresses and you can send them an email via their listing on our website too. Good luck!

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