Alternative Schools in Gauteng

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Nowadays, many children don’t 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, you’ll find a school that’s 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.

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
The Turning Point
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
Art of Living
Johannesburg
Parenting Workshop, Know your child, Art Excel, YES, Art of Living, Stress, Mindfulness, Yoga, Meditation
From Birth - 18 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
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
Expressions Junior Prep & Kids Club DealsReviews
Johannesburg
Junior Preparatory School, Extra Murals, Exclusive After Care with Homework Support and Holiday Care Programmes
From 5 - 16 yrs old
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.
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 6 - 18 yrs old
Cyber School Deals
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
Sunny Smiles Assisted Learning Centre Reviews
West Rand
Assisted Learning Centre - stimulating home school environment for kids with emotional, learning or language difficulties.
From 4 - 10 yrs old
JustLove Learning Centre Featherbrooke
West Rand
An Impaq Registered Learning Centre for GR R - 4 Learners where we focus on Foundation Phase Learning in a safe, fun and loving environment.
From 5 - 10 yrs old
Elite College of Excellence Reviews
Johannesburg
Dance & performing arts inspired school from grade R to matric, academic institution
From 5 - 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
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
Princeton Centre of Learning - Randburg
Johannesburg
Home schooling for 12 to 18 year olds in Blairgowrie. Small classes. Individual attention.
From 12 - 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
Chrysalis Academy Reviews
Johannesburg
Remedial Teaching, Indigo Learning Centre for Neuroscience, Dyslexia,Auditory Processing Problems, ADHD, Autism etc. Therapy, Counselling
From 4 - 18 yrs old
Excelsior Academic college
East Rand / Ekurhuleni
A level Cambridge College for grade 8 to matric learners. Pre-primary and primary school offering a combination of Cambridge and CAPS curriculum's.
From 2 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
Mega Mind Tutor Centre Pty Ltd
Johannesburg
Mainstream alternative education facility specialising in an array of subject for Grade 8 – 12 learners
From 12 - 18 yrs old
Remedial Autism Pre- and Primary School
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 - 10 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 6 wks - 18 yrs old
Discover Montessori
West Rand
Montessori pre-school from ages 2 to 6,
From 2 - 6 yrs old
Penhurst Academy
Johannesburg
A home schooling support and tuition centre for GR 8-A levels, internationally aligned syllabus,micro-tutoring classes, international exams in comfortable small environment.
From 12 - 18 yrs old
Maths & Home Schooling Tutor Centre
West Rand
Professional individual maths tutoring as well as homeschooling support in all subjects.
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
Studio of Learning Reviews
Johannesburg
Blairgowrie Randburg - An independent learning centre for learners who struggle in a mainstream environment. Individualised learning in small classes. Grade 1 – 12. Mainstream curriculum. Remedial assistance offered.
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
Sandra's House Educare
Johannesburg
Education center offers home schooling and unschooling for gr. R – 12 in all subjects. Sandra has experience with gr. R – 12 learners with Autism, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Epilepsy and hard of hearing students.
From 5 - 18 yrs old
I M Smart Montessori
Johannesburg
Family orientated authentic Montessori Preschool and creche.
From 3 mnths - 6 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
St George's Academy
Johannesburg
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
Johannesburg
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
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
Omatas Assisted Learning School
Johannesburg
Homeschool that builds self-esteem, physical development and academics
From 6 - 12 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
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
Guiding Hands Tutor Centre
East Rand / Ekurhuleni
Home-schooling tutor centre, following CAPS curriculum supplied by IMPAQ, small groups tuition, ideal for students with learning problems
From 5 - 18 yrs old
The reach academy
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
Midrand Innovative Learning Centre
Johannesburg
Home based schooling from grade 000 - grade 9. We also support home schooling, aftercare with tuitions, subject specific tuitions
From 3 yrs - All ages
Tutor the Future
Johannesburg
Home schooling tutor centre for Grades 4 - 7. Small classes. Individual attention.
From 9 - 14 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?


What’s 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 it’s 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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