Generally, education is known to be wonderful, interesting and above all, costly. It is the very soul of a society and passes from generation to generation. South African government is one of the many governments that have recognized the immense importance of education and as such made certain that basic education is compulsory. Hence, under the South African Schools Act of 1996, education is compulsory for all South Africans from the age of seven (grade 1) to age 15, or the completion of grade 9. This among other reasons may have contributed to the emergence of South Africa as one of the greatest  African countries.

In addition to that, the South African schools (private and public) work hard generally to ensure that they impart quality and adequate knowledge in order to produce problem solvers across the continent and the world at large. For this, they therefore require students to pay a certain amount of money. But some private schools are so obviously costlier than others. Read on to see some of the most expensive private schools in South Africa, listed in no particular order.

Hilton College – KwaZulu-Natal Midlands:

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Hilton College is a private boarding school for boys located near the town of Hilton in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and is situated on a 1,762 hectare (4,350 acre) estate that consist of a 550 hectare (1,400 acre) of wildlife reserve in South Africa. This is one of the most expensive private schools in South Africa. It charges R219,500 annually as tuition fee and an entry fee of R52,250. It was founded in 1872 and is one of the remaining pure-boarding schools in South Africa. The big question is, what does R219,500 cover? Regardless of the prestigious location and tradition, R219,500 covers tuition, board games, ordinary medical attention, the utilization of the sanatorium, use of the library, laundry services, basic entertainment which is arranged for all boys, games, transport and simple mending materials. It is pertinent to note that this fee may not cover additional fees such as various levies, IT and infrastructure, as well as further costs for food, extramural activities and trips. Any such fee would be calculated as extra cost and paid separately. It might feel like much but you sure won’t regret paying it. The landscape is superb too.

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MichaelHouse – KwaZulu-Natal, Midlands:


Another very expensive school in South Africa is MichaelHouse. Its annual fee is R199,000 with an entry fee of R24,000. MichaelHouse is located in the Balgowan valley in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It was founded in 1896 and also is one of the remaining all boys boarding schools in South Africa. They engage in assorted types of games one can imagine. The fee also covers the usual tuition and other necessary services, but does not cover additional fees as mentioned above.

St Martin’s – Johannesburg:


St Martin’s is an Anglican school located in Rosettenville, Johannesburg, South Africa, It is a private co-educational institution founded in 1908 and it is another expensive school in South Africa, which demands R184,460 as annual boarding fee. R71,460, R12,000 is paid by day students and R12,000 as an entry fee by all students. This shows that the school is not compulsorily for boarders but it also accommodates day students. Isn’t that great?

St. Andrew’s College, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape:


This is also an Anglican school for boys located in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa. It is a boarding school, with a handful of day boys. St Andrew”s college was founded in 1855. The annual boarding fee is R199,140, the day fee is R88,950 and the entry fee is R16,959.

Kearsney College Botha’s Hill, KwaZulu-Natal:


Kearsney College is another private boarding school for boys in Botha’s Hill, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. With boarding fee as high as R181,350, day fee of R121,600 and R17,400 paid on entry, you could tell that Kearsney is one of the high-priced schools in South Africa just by looking at the environment and the general dispensation of the staff. Kearsney college was established in 1923.

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