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.

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
Tutor the Future
Johannesburg
Home schooling tutor centre for Grades 4 - 7. Small classes. Individual attention.
From 9 - 14 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
Wildlings Oak Grove Wildschooling
East Rand / Ekurhuleni
Wildschooling, Montessori , homeschooling, tutoring, special educational needs support, remedial education support, integrated learning therapy, self paced learning, think digital caps curriculum, cottage school.
From 3 - 16 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
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
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
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.
Barnswallows Swift Academy
Johannesburg
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
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
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
Penhurst Academy
Johannesburg
Hybrid learning (onsite and online tutoring), flexible exams and international qualifications, internationally aligned syllabus,micro-tutoring classes, international exams in comfortable small environment.
From 12 - 18 yrs old
Alternative Educational Facility
Johannesburg
Psychometrist offering school assessments, career guidance, programs for kids with ADHD, Dyslexia, Gifted, Asperger/Autism, alternative, aptitude test, school readiness, reading therapy, self-esteem
From 6 yrs - All ages
Calibre Education
Johannesburg
Full-time education tutoring centre, Alternative schooling, tutoring, homeschool with online support and extra lessons.
From 9 - 18 yrs old
Glow Academy Learning Centre
West Rand
Homeschooling, Home School, Learning Centre, Cottage School
From 12 yrs - All ages
Intuition Tuition Centre
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 10 - 18 yrs old
Hannaford Learning Centre
Johannesburg
We are a home school centre, alternative learning centre, after care implementing BrainGym and educational kinesiology
From 6 - 13 yrs old
Abbotts College High School
Johannesburg; Pretoria / Tshwane; Cape Town
Private alternative high schools in various areas of South Africa
From 13 - 18 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
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
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
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
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
Avalon Private School Reviews
West Rand; Johannesburg
Private Schools offering truly holistic, three-dimensional and relevant education for the 21st century – epitomising the School of the Future. Small classes, high quality education.
From 18 mnths - 14 yrs old
Syllabis Learning
Johannesburg
Recognised Schooling Solutions for Grade R - 12. Register today, and start your transition to learning on your own, in the comfort of your home.
From 4 - 18 yrs old
The Bridge Assisted Learning School
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
Discover Montessori
West Rand
Montessori pre-school from ages 2 to 6,
From 18 mnths - 6 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
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
Midrand Innovative Learning Centre
Johannesburg
Cottage school from Grade 000 - Grade 11
From 3 yrs - All ages
Smartt Cottage School
Johannesburg
Cottage school that combines traditional learning with Montessori materials and interest-based learning. Small classes to give individual attention and work that allows them to become independent.
From 10 - 14 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 - 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 - 7 yrs old
FlinkDink Academy
West Rand
Professional individual maths tutoring as well as homeschooling support in all subjects.
All ages
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
EduCroft
Johannesburg; Pretoria / Tshwane; West Rand; East Rand / Ekurhuleni; Vaal Triangle / Sedi...
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
StarrStudent Tutor Centre & Homeschool
East Rand / Ekurhuleni
Home school based tuition (grade 8-12) and extra lessons (all grades)
From 6 - 18 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 – 12. Mainstream curriculum. Remedial assistance offered.
From 6 - 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
Mindscape Education
Pretoria / Tshwane; Johannesburg; East Rand / Ekurhuleni; West Rand; Vaal Triangle / Sedi...
Affordable, quality and independent education system sold for home schoolers and tutor centres across the country with the vision of improving distance learning and independent schooling in SA.
From 6 - 18 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
Riverstone Village
Johannesburg
Self-Directed Education, SDE, Unschooling, alternative, community, nature, play, creative, learning, centre, Sudbury
From 4 - 18 yrs old
Achievers Tutor Centre
Johannesburg
Small learning centre where students are free to discover and explore their own talents and skills. Our end goal is to achieve a GED which is an American grade 12 equivalent.
From 13 - 18 yrs old
iTutor College Deals
Vaal Triangle / Sedibeng
Montessori preschool, foundation phase, intermediate and high school, private school, small classes, holistic approach to teaching and learning.
From 2 - 18 yrs old
EduStreams
Johannesburg
EduStreams Learning Centre offers Grade 7-12 afternoon academic support, tutoring, therapy, sport and extramurals to high school students.
From 13 - 18 yrs old
Edu-lab Homeschool Support Center
Johannesburg
Homeschool, Educational labs, tutoring, schooling, primary and secondary, Aftercare, extra lessons
From 7 - 18 yrs old
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
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
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
Omatas Assisted Learning School
Johannesburg
Homeschool that builds self-esteem, physical development and academics
From 6 - 13 yrs old
Synaptic College
Johannesburg
Mainstream alternative education facility specialising in array of subjects in a home school enviroment for Gr 5-12 in Olivedale and Gr1-12 in Robertsham,
From 14 - 18 yrs old
Savvy Kids Centre of learning
Johannesburg
Homeschool, tuition centre, learning support therapy, parent/teacher/learner educational workshops
From 4 - 16 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
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
The Turning Point Reviews
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
Kairos School of Inquiry
Johannesburg
Kairos School of Inquiry is a small school that believes that, when life at school is happy and meaningful, children are able to go out into the world and have a positive impact.
From 5 - 13 yrs old
DawnCroft Ed
Johannesburg
An alternative schooling centre which aims to support parents whose children prefer smaller classrooms and personalized education.
From 15 yrs - 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
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

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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