Immigrating to South Africa? How To Choose The Best School For Your Children

It is common knowledge that one of the main factors to consider when planning to immigrate to a different country is the education of your children. Nelson Mandela once said, "Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world", thus proper research is vital when it comes to selecting the best school for your children.


Since there are many international schools in South Africa, expats typically opt for that option without doing further research. However, several private schools in South Africa are world-class educational institutes and should at least be considered as an option.

Things to Consider Before Selecting a School

School Fees

Private and international school fees are much higher than public school fees in South Africa.

Type of School

●       Secular or faith-based

●       Coeducational or single-sex school

●       Sport or culture-oriented or a mix of both

Distance from your home to the school

Nothing is as frustrating as being stuck in traffic every morning, especially if it means your child will be late for school. You would also need to consider how they will get home from school.

Public or Private

Public Schools

●       It can be difficult to place your child in a public school if you don't live in the area

●       You can expect 35 - 40 pupils per class

●       Fees are reasonable, anything from R1600 - R2500 per month per student


If you do proper research and ask around, you will find fantastic public schools with great teachers and outstanding pass rates in every area.


Private Schools

●       Children from any area can attend private schools.

●       You can expect 15 - 25 pupils per class

●       School fees are expensive, as much as R10 000 per month per student.


There are some private schools such as Curro and Pioneer Academy that is not as expensive but still not close to the public school rates.

Home Schooling

There are also a lot of expats who opt for homeschooling their children. This is a great option since there are many curriculums to choose from such as GED, Impak, Caps and Cambridge to name a few. Home Schooling is also a very affordable option and you as the parent are in full control of your child's education.


Choosing the best education method for your child when immigrating to South Africa can be a challenge. That's what Black Pen Immigration is for. With their extensive experience in assisting foreign nationals to settle in South Africa, they can advise you on anything immigration-related, even when it comes to your child's education. Get in touch with a Black Pen Immigration Consultant today and let them help you make a smooth transition into your new country.