Alternative schools in Johannesburg and 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.

Begin your search below with our comprehensive list of alternative private schools and take the time to understand what each school offers.
Waxberry Montessori School
Robindale Extension 1 Johannesburg
a Montessori environment that affords each student the opportunity to determine his or her own individual, academic path through the use of Montessori methodology, materials, experiential lessons, and project based learning.
From 6 - 13 yrs old
Perfect Little World Pre-School DealsReviews
Kempton Park East Rand / Ekurhuleni
Our nursery school caters for special needs kids and aftercare which includes individual attention, occupational therapy services and first aid.
From 1 wk - 6 yrs old
Unity College
Chartwell Johannesburg North
A school for special needs children which offers therapy, extra mural activities & an integrated learning programme
From 3 - 18 yrs old
Chrysalis Academy
Dainfern Johannesburg
Remedial Teaching, Indigo Learning Centre for Neuroscience, Dyslexia,Auditory Processing Problems, ADHD, Autism etc. Therapy, Counselling
From 4 - 18 yrs old
St Vincent School of the Deaf
Melrose 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
Ihsan School
Homestead Park 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
The Maple Tree Early Intervention Centre
Midrand Johannesburg
A small school catering for children who have remedial or special learning needs. We cater for children with ADD/ADHD,autistic spectrum disorder,developmental delays,speech delays,downs syndrome,dyslexia,apraxia,prematurity.
From 2 - 10 yrs old
C.A.R.E Centre for Autism Research & Education
Orange Grove 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
Alpha Study Centre Reviews
Germiston East Rand / Ekurhuleni
offers support to students who are wanting to embark on alternative education (using the Cambridge curriculum) with guidance, structure and access to tutoring and socialising.
From 10 yrs - All ages
DawnCroft Ed
Randpark Ridge Johannesburg
An alternative schooling centre which aims to support parents whose children prefer smaller classrooms and personalized education.
From 8 - 18 yrs old
Kairos School of Inquiry
Emmarentia Johannesburg
A special alternative primary school emphasising creative expression, personal growth as much as academic achievement.
From 5 - 13 yrs old
Intuition Tuition Centre
Weltevredenpark 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 5 - 18 yrs old
aSTEAM
Fourways Johannesburg North
A cottage school offering a structured approach for some subjects and learning is made practical for other subjects. We also mentor kids on how to start their own business.
From 8 - 17 yrs old
Champions Tutor Education Centre
Fairleads East Rand / Ekurhuleni
Tutorage and alternative schooling for Grade 1-12 with extra lessons, accessibility to computers and more.
From 6 yrs - All ages
Natural Dynamix Schooling Reviews
Radiokop West Rand
A progressive mainstream private school from preschool to high school situated in lush gardens. Teachers encourage inquiry based learning and supports and develops the cognitive, emotional and social intelligence of each child.
From 3 - 14 yrs old
St George's Academy
Randpark Ridge Johannesburg West
e 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
Princeton Centre of Learning - Sandton
Sandton Johannesburg North
A 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
Hannaford Specialised Education Centre
Randburg Johannesburg
We are a home school centre, alternative learning centre, after care implementing BrainGym and educational kinesiology
From 6 - 13 yrs old
Moore House
Lanseria Johannesburg
A high school education center offering individual attention, IEB curriculum, technology based education, homework classes.
From 12 yrs - All ages
Autism Early Intervention Centre, Pre School & School
Northwold Johannesburg
Our school is a pre-school and foundation phase primary school for children with autism, pervasive development disorders, ADD/ADHD and Aspergers. We offer specialized educational services, a fully adapted CAPS curriculum, extra murals and therapies.
From 2 yrs - All ages
Kindecaire
Jukskei Park Johannesburg
Our school is for children with neuro-developmental disorders, cerebral palsies or any other physical or neurological challenges.
From 5 wks - 12 yrs old
Silverwood Learning Centre
Rosebank Johannesburg North
We are an approved Impaq Centre and SACE registered. The TAP app is used that creates a platform base for access to required information. Supporting learning to maintain consistency of assessment requirements outlined in the GETC and FET levels.
From 13 - 18 yrs old
Out The Box Learning Centre
Blairgowrie 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 6 - 18 yrs old
Icandoit Therapy Centre
Various areas Johannesburg
We provide drug free therapy for children struggling in reading, writing , concentration, anxiety, etc, using the Tomatis method.
From 5 yrs - All ages
Barnswallows Swift Academy
Roodepoort 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
Aurelia Early Childhood Development
Eldoraigne Centurion / Tshwane
A full time development centre with a small group of children that will benefit from focused attention and adjustable program to suit their needs.
From 4 - 7 yrs old
Cambrium
Various areas South Africa
Globally recognised online education platform that offers a full solution for home-based Cambridge learners and includes a support system for learners
Studio of Learning
Blairgowrie Johannesburg
A learning centre for children who require more personalized, individual tuition. We cater for mainstream, ADD/ADHD and children with learning difficulties.
From 6 - 18 yrs old

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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