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:
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 consists of a 550 hectare (1,400 acres) 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 an 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.
Roedean School Houghton, Johannesburg:
Roedean is a private all-girls school with a combination of day and boarding students located in Houghton, Johannesburg. It was founded in 1903. It requires R181,140 annual fee from boarders and R99,234 fee annually from day students.
St Alban’s College Lynnwood Glen Pretoria:
St Alban’s college is another private boarding and day school for boys located in the suburb of Lynnwood Glen in Pretoria. It was founded in 1963 by Anton Murray. It demands about R181,000 as annual boarding fee, R102,900 as annual day fee and R55,000 as an entry fee.
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St John’s Houghton, Johannesburg:
St John’s is an Anglican day and boarding school for boys in South Africa. It is located in Houghton, Johannesburg and it was founded in 1898 by Rev. John T. Darragh. Students of St john pay R178,523 as annual boarding fee, R105,760 as annual day fee and R61,348 as entrance fee.
St Andrew’s School for Girls – Bedfordview Johannesburg:
You will surely agree with me that St Andrew’s School for Girls is one of the most expensive private schools in South Africa. St Andrew’s is a highly independent Christian school for girls with a blend of boarding and day students. It is situated in Bedfordview, Johannesburg. The school was founded in 1902 by Scottish women Jean Fletcher and Jessie Johnson. The students of St Andrew’s pay R174,860 annually as boarding fee and R94,380 as annual day fee.
St Mary’s School for Girls:
St Mary School for girls is a private Anglican boarding school for girls situated in Waverley, Johannesburg. It was established in 1888 by an Anglican clergyman Rev. John T. Darragh who also established St John College after ten years. It is the oldest school you can find in Johannesburg. St Mary’s School partakes in writing the Independent Examinations Board exams. The fee for boarding students is R173,700, while day students pay R92,450. On entry, R34,950 is required as entrance fee. The students of St Mary’s school compete in numerous inter-house events such as hockey, tennis, swimming, athletics, swimming, squash, music, debating, theater, etc.
The Diocesan College (Bishops) Rondebosch in Cape Town:
This is an independent school for boys located in the suburb of Rondebosch Cape Town, South Africa. The school was established in 1849 by Robert Gray, Bishop of Cape Town and it requires students to pay R168,140 as annual boarding fee, R96,360 as annual day fee while R20,000 is paid as an entry fee. It is made up of three schools which are; college for grades 8 – 12 and post-matriculation, the preparatory school for grades 3 – 7, and the pre-preparatory school for grades 0-2.
You will agree with me that these are some of the most costly schools in South Africa. Always note that most of these schools do not include additional fees to be incurred in the tuition fee. Such fees include various levies such as IT and infrastructure, as well as further costs for food, extramural activities and trips. It can only cover the necessary expenses usually demanded by every other school. However, there is no particular ranking done based on the number of fees presently paid by students of these schools because these fees are liable to be reviewed at any time during the time of study. Have fun spending your money well.