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. You can choose between private and government schools. Find a list of primary schools in Gauteng, here below.
Daycare, Creche and primary school phase from birth to grade 5. Offering small classes, personal attention, nutritious meals and extra murals at a reasonable fee.
From Birth - 11 yrs old
Primary school in Emmarentia, Johannesburg offering Grade R to Grade 7
From 6 - 13 yrs old
Private kindergarten, primary and high school based on Christian values
From 3 - 18 yrs old
Private Primary and pre-primary school - We build strong foundations in education specifically in academics, from babies to 13 yrs.
From 6 mnths - 13 yrs old
Affordable private school conveniently situated Fourways, Johannesburg. Pre-Primary and Primary school close to Broadacres, Dainfern, Lonehill.
From 9 mnths - 12 yrs old
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
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.
Preparatory school, primary school for boys
From 6 - 13 yrs old
Orban is a private school with both Afrikaans and English teaching streams. The school is situated in Westdene, nestled in the beautiful Melville koppies. Our school offers unique educational opportunities with a special focus on drama, music and art
From 1 - 13 yrs old
A special alternative primary school emphasising creative expression, personal growth as much as academic achievement.
From 5 - 13 yrs old
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
Authentic Montessori Primary School. Small private school. School with small classes. School with small teacher/learner ratio.
From 3 - 18 yrs old
Home schooling tutor centre for Grades 4 - 7. Small classes. Individual attention.
From 9 - 14 yrs old
Our primary school offers a nursery school with Grade R and Grade RR and grade 1 to 7. We have fields, playgrounds and a swimming pool plus a media centre, science lab and computer centre.
From 4 - 14 yrs old
We are an Innovative, multi-cultural, modern private kindergarten, primary & high school, from playgroup to matric. Our preschool follows the Reggio Emilia approach
From 4 - 18 yrs old
Dance & performing arts inspired school from grade R to matric, academic institution
From 5 - 18 yrs old
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.
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
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!