Amidst all the confusion around schooling,  what if you decided your child should leave his/ her current school and consider alternative schooling? How would you go about this and what schooling options do you have?

While some parents are relieved to be sending their kids back to school, others are certainly in doubt. And, rightfully so.  There are those who:

  • are afraid of getting sick (Covid anxiety)
  • may have underlying conditions like diabetes or asthma
  • are afraid of infecting vulnerable family members 
  • are afraid of infecting the community (especially teachers)
  • may require more affordable schooling.

This has certainly spurred on the need for more schooling options. So, what choices do you have?

Alternative Schooling options

Tuition and additional support

Repeat the year? Why not? Kids can use this year to learn what they can through tuition, but then repeat the year to re-inforce concepts, and get the necessary accreditation. Many parents have opted for this advantage. Do note that you may still be liable for school fees for this year. There are a number of available resources to help you improve your marks and boost your overall performance. 

Kumon SA

3yrs – 18yrs 
Kumon offers Maths and English learning programmes for students of all ages and abilities. The re- structured program allows continuity with lessons during Covid-19, offering home-based study with remote online support. Available nationwide, Kumon centres are open to new enrolments. Enquire now.

Kumon Parkwood Study Centre

3yrs- 18yrs
Kumon Parkwood is now on Zoom! Join the leaders in home-based learning for Maths and English Zoom and in-centre classes. Plus, receive additional online homework support. Check out the Covid-19 specials.  Enquire now.

My Cyberwall (mycyberwall.coza)

grades 4-7
CAPS aligned, award-winning e-learning platform for grades 4 – 7. Interactive content can be used online or downloaded and printed. This is the ideal resource if your child has gone back to school and needs extra help or is learning at home. Enquire now.

Online and on-site learning

The growing trend is to opt for homeschooling, due its flexibility and affordability. Homeschooling allows kids to learn either at home or at a homeschool centre. Purchase a curriculum package and relevant resources and choose a learning centre. This option does however require the assistance of parents and tutors. Below is a list of good curriculum providers and learning centres:

  • Curriculum Providers

Impaq Education

grades R-12

South Africa’s largest homeschooling curriculum provider, Impaq, provides the necessary products, services, and tools to enable your child to complete Grades R-12 at home. After successful completion of Grade 12, Impaq candidates qualify to receive a National Senior Certificate (NSC).  Enquire now.


grades R-12
Benefit from a world-class curriculum! The CAPS aligned homeschool package includes materials, assessments, guidance and continuous support for all grades. Always mindful of what matters most – your child.  Enquire now.

  • Learning Centres

Crest Academy

grades 8 – 12
A safe and nurturing alternative education centre in Ferndale offering small classes of  max 8 learners. The centre aims to empower learners to achieve full potential at their own pace. Get all the academic support you need, with individual attention from experienced educators. Enquire now

Dawncroft Ed

grades 10 – 12
Passionate about helping students reach their full academic potential. Complete your matric  through distance education with tutor support on request.  CAPS aligned curriculum provider for Grades 10-12. Enquire now.

Hannaford Homeschool and Tutor Centre

grades R-7
Join the personalized online program for your child’s special needs. Incorporating Brain Gym and educational kinesiology with the current GDE curriculum, Hannaford’s tutors will guide you every step of the way. Available for Grades R-7, both online and additional onsite support. Enquire now.

Moore House Academy

grades 8-12
Rethinking education for Grade 8-12? Switch to e-learning with an easy transition from mainstream, using the CAPS aligned material for online education. Obtain your NSC certificate from the comfort of your home. Onsite lessons also available at various venues. Send your contact details.

Princeton Centre of Learning

grades 4-12
CAPS (Impaq)
Choose a unique combination of face-to-face and online lessons to suit your needs. Well supported classes for Grades 4-12, using the Impaq curriculum. Available at both the Randburg and Sandton centres.  The perfect solution in these uncertain times. Enquire now.

Starr Student Tutor Centre Benoni

grades 7-12
With a unique combination of both Brainline  and Impaq, the homeschool centre ensures students receive quality education. Reach your full potential! Complete Gr 7-12 IEB or CAPS aligned with the help of dedicated tutors. Zoom classes offered to cater for Covid-19. Enquire now!

Savvy Kids

grades R-9
Striving to produce independent, confident, responsible and intellectual learners to lead tomorrow! Based in Risidale the homeschool centre caters for Grades R – 9, using both the Clonard and Brainline curriculum programmes. Experienced teachers and therapists assist kids daily. Enquire now.

The Turning point

grades 1-12
CAPS, IEB (Brainline)
Dedicated to provide the best educational and emotional support to learners, you can homeschool with an experienced tutor online or at home. Led by an educational specialist with 20 years teaching experience. The school further offers remedial therapy, extra lessons and an on-site educational psychologist.  Making a difference in every child.  Enquire now.

Online schooling

What the future may look like. In this instance, your kid can de-register from his/her current school and register with an online school. As opposed to homeschooling, online schooling offers live lessons  and assessments etc are all submitted via portals. It is structured learning, with a guiding hand and conclusive results. Whilst parents only oversee homework, kids who may not be used to this kind of discipline may require additional support. 

Tutor All

grades K-12
GED (NQF 4-5) and American Higher Certificate 
Learn better and faster! Join the Virtual Online School that is skills orientated, but compliant with any curriculum. Start with free placement tests to identify and fix learning gaps. Then, benefit from marked progress with continuous monitoring, assessments and feedback. Enquire now.


Checklist: helping you make the switch 

When choosing from the schooling options, make sure you :

  • de-register from your current school (check the refund policies, and transfer/termination notice periods)
  • apply to the GDE for homeschooling (most institutions offer this service)
  • check that the institution is SACAI compliant (South African Comprehensive Assessment Institute  which monitors education providers who adhere to the Department of Basic Education’s CAPS curriculum)
  • check the curriculum on offer at the institute and ensure there is an easy transition to and from mainstream school, should your child wish to return to mainstream schooling. The various curricula available in SA are:
  1. CAPS ( the current government curriculum)
  2. IEB ( some private schools curriculum)
  3. Cambridge ( a British curriculum)
  4. GED ( American curriculum)
  • check that the certification obtained is sufficient for your career choices and university entry. Other than NSC and IEB, one may be required to apply for Matric Exemption before applying at a university. The different certifications are:
  1. NSC ( National Senior Certificate): what we know as the matric certificate, or high school diploma, recognised in SA.
  2. IEB (Independant Examination Board): also known as a matric certificate, recognised in SA
  3. HIGCSE, IGCSE, NQF, A levels, O Levels: British qualifications after completion of the Cambridge Curriculum
  4. GED (General Education Diploma): American qualification,  closest comparable qualification to the NSC 

More schooling options and related articles

Johannesburg has a wealth of schools that may be better suited for your child. Browse through a list of these schools, each catering for different needs. Also, find very useful advice about ways to cope and protect yourself, your family and your community in these articles written by concerned Gauteng doctors:

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