Primary schools in Gauteng

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Every child has a right to education in South Africa. Primary schools are the first stage of formal education for most children and as such, plays an important role in creating a good foundation for children. As parents, our concern is not only that our children receive a valuable education but that they are in a safe, nurturing place where they are happy.

There are choices between private and government schools as well as government schools that were previously known as model C schools. The Model C schools are partly run by an elected governing body represented by parents and partly the school management. Find a list of primary schools in Gauteng, here below.

Sacred Heart College
Observatory Johannesburg
We are an Innovative, multi-cultural, modern private pre primary, primary & high school, from playgroup to matric. Our preschool follows the Reggio Emilia approach
From 4 - 18 yrs old

Katz Academy
Constantia Kloof West Rand
School with a homeschool environment. Curriculum based on Cambridge for 6 to 13 year olds.
From 6 - 13 yrs old

Greenside Primary School
Greenside Johannesburg
Our primary school offers Grade R and Grade RR. We have fields, playgrounds and a swimming pool plus a media centre, science lab and computer centre.
From 4 - 14 yrs old

Polly Shorts Academy
Lanseria West Rand
Small classes with individual attention for learners that need a more nurturing educational environment - primary & high school, teaching based on Christian values.
From 6 - 18 yrs old

Bradford Schools
Vorna Valley Gauteng
Pre-Primary School (18 months to 6 years) and Preparatory School (Grade 1 to 3)
From 18 mnths - 12 yrs old

King Edward VII Preparatory School (K.E.P.S)
Houghton Johannesburg
Preparatory school, primary school for boys
From 6 - 13 yrs old

Chartwell House Montessori Eco School
Fourways Johannesburg
Authentic Montessori Primary School. Small private school. School with small classes. School with small teacher/learner ratio.
From 3 - 18 yrs old

Arrow Academy
Centurion / Tshwane
Grade RRR to grade 1 dynamic learning academy in Centurion, preschools, nursery schools
From 4 - 7 yrs old

Sandhurst Pre- & Preparatory College Reviews
Sandton Johannesburg; Sandton Johannesburg; Sandton Johannesburg
Unique, internationally diverse, independent pre- and preparatory school in the heart of Sandton
From 12 mnths - 13 yrs old

North Sands Learning Academy
Chartwell Johannesburg North
We are a co-educational dual medium school located in Chartwell, Fourways for grades 1 to 7 with intimate classes allowing for individualized learning programs and individual therapy for specific learning challenges
From 7 - 13 yrs old

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

RingaRosy Preschool and Learning Centre
Springfield Johannesburg South
RingaRosy Preschool and Learning Centre inspires children to live well, learn and lead.
From 2 - 6 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

Little Genius
Little Falls West Rand
A Christian based nursery school and learning centre up to grade 3 supports CAPS Curriculum and supported by Impak also suited to homeschoolers
From Birth - 9 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

Welridge Academy Christian School
Weltevredenpark West Rand
Private School, Welridge Academy, Grade R to 7, Aftercare, Small Classes,School, Creche, Christian, Transport, Babies 12 months and up, 2017 Enrolment
From 12 mnths - 13 yrs old

Open Minds Campus
Kyalami Johannesburg
Self Directed Learning • Independence • Self-confidence • Classical Education • IGCSE & A-Level Exams preparation * Educating the whole child •
From 6 - 18 yrs old

SPARK Schools
Johannesburg; Pretoria / Tshwane
Spark Schools offers high quality education at an affordable price.
From 5 - 11 yrs old

Studio of Learning
Blairgowrie 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.

Buccleuch Montessori Preschool & Primary (Est.1984)
Buccleuch Johannesburg North
Well established Montessori Toddler, Preschool and Primary offering world class, unrivaled education
From 18 mnths - 13 yrs old

The Immaculate Equestrian Academy Elite
Walkerville Johannesburg South
An English medium, co-educational, non-denominational, independent primary and high tuition academy. We also offer horse riding lessons where our Our instructor's will teach your children to ride and care for their ponies in a fun and informative way
From 3 mnths - All ages

British International Preparatory School
Northriding Gauteng
The British International Preparatory School (BIPrep) offers children in SA the very best of International primary education. There is a careful balance between traditional values and modern approaches to education - Cambridge based curriculum.
From 3 - 13 yrs old

Mount Linden School
East Rand / Ekurhuleni
Pre-Primary and primary school, holiday club and after-care.
From 5 - 12 yrs old

Pridwin Preparatory School
Melrose Johannesburg North
Preparatory and independent school for boys in Melrose from grade 0 to grade 7
From 6 - 13 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

Kim Field Academy Pre Primary and Primary Education
Fourways Johannesburg
Pre-school, Primary Education for children from 1-13yrs with after care, holiday care, extra murals, meals and more.
From 12 mnths - 13 yrs old

Tutor the Future
Randpark Ridge Johannesburg
Home schooling tutor centre for Grades 4 - 7. Small classes. Individual attention.
From 9 - 14 yrs old

Cyber School
Various areas South Africa
a comprehensive teaching service that offers academic guidance and assistance, yet it is managed and functions like a school for all ages.
All ages

Elite College of Excellence
Boskruin Johannesburg
Dance & performing arts inspired school from grade R to matric, academic institution
From 5 - 18 yrs old

Emmarentia Primary School
Emmarentia Johannesburg
Primary school in Emmarentia, Johannesburg offering Grade R to Grade 7
From 6 - 13 yrs old

How to use our Primary Schools Directory


Primary schools listed in this category will display the suburb or area that they are in, below the name of the school. To refine your search further you may click the ‘search by suburb’ dropdown menu to find the suburb you’re looking for. If a school interests you, by clicking on the name of the school you will find more information about what they have to offer.

What syllabus do government schools in South Africa use?


SA primary and high schools use the CAPS curriculum. Some private schools follow this syllabus as well but may employ different teaching methods to convey the lessons. CAPS stands for Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements which simply put means that teachers have concise guides on what to teach and assess on a grade-by-grade and subject-by-subject basis. So content and subject matter is set by the Department of Education.

Private schools that do not follow the CAPS syllabus usually choose their own syllabus to follow and will implement their own methods of teaching as well. Some private primary schools may have a religious basis for their education system, others may follow the Cambridge system and some have developed their very own syllabuses.

What factors to consider when choosing a primary school


The main consideration is affordability. Private schools in South Africa can be quite expensive compared to the former model C schools. Purely government schools are mostly funded by the government so fees are usually very minimal.

The location of a chosen primary school is important in terms of time getting there and back and whether it is possible to arrange transport or lift clubs to and from the school. Traffic can drain children if they’re travelling for a long period of time or have to wait for a while after school for transport services so bare these in mind.

If your child is interested in a specific extra mural activity make sure to find out if this is offered at the school you’re considering. Having the extra mural included in what you pay for is great so that you don’t have to register additionally for separate activities and take time to do those as well.

Also think about which high school you were deciding to send your child to. Some primary schools are feeder schools to specific high schools and this may help you make your choice.

If your child has any special needs, then perhaps a special needs school focusing on the development of children with those needs is a better option.

Begin your search


Now that you have an idea about how to use this directory, begin your search for the perfect primary school for your child. Speaking to other parents who already have their children enrolled in a school also helps you to make your decision. Best of luck!
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