100 Best Secondary Schools in Africa

You’ll agree that coming up with a list of the best secondary schools in Africa, from different countries across the entire continent is almost an impossible task. For one thing, the countries follow different guidelines and curriculum. Beyond that, the major regional assessments are equally completely different.

How then did we arrive at the list we have here? Well, attention was given to schools that have historical prominence at a national and regional level during compilation. For this reason, most schools named on the list are quite old. You will also find schools that are very good at a national level, yet lacked regional presence here. Generally, we regard what we have here as the top 100 best secondary schools in Africa.

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South Africa is still dominating the list with over 30 colleges and secondary schools making the list. Of course, Grey College South Africa is dominating the list at number one position. Kenya only managed eight slots with Rift Valley Academy emerging No. 2 in Africa and overall best secondary school in Kenya. We have two schools in Zimbabwe taking positions 5 and 6, with another Kenyan school at number 7. Academic giants like Alliance, Starehe Boys and Lenana ranked very many slots behind Rift Valley Academy. Here is a list of 100 best secondary schools in Africa.

100 Top Secondary Schools in Africa

1. Grey College South Africa

2. Rift Valley Academy Kenya

3. King Edward VII School South Africa

4. Hilton College South Africa

5. St. George’s College Zimbabwe

6. Prince Edward School Zimbabwe

7. International School of Kenya

8. Accra Academy Ghana

9. Lycée Lamine Guèye Senegal

10. Adisadel College Ghana

11. St John’s College Houghton South Africa

12. Maritzburg College South Africa

13. Lycée Guebre Mariam Ethiopia

14. Selborne College South Africa

15. St Alban’s College South Africa

16. Lycée Lyautey Morocco

17. Durban High School South Africa

18. Grey High School South Africa

19. St Andrew`s College South Africa

20. Gateway High School Zimbabwe

21. Glenwood High School South Africa

22. Rainbow International School Uganda

23. Lycée Moulay Youssef Morocco

24. Kearsney College South Africa

25. St. James High School Zimbabwe

26. Wynberg Boys High School South Africa

27. Pretoria Boys High School South Africa

28. Lycée Français de Tananarive Madagascar

29. Mauritius College of the Air Mauritius

30. International School Moshi Tanzania

31. Le Collège Mermoz Ivory Coast

32. Strathmore School Kenya

33. Parktown Boys’ High School South Africa

34. International School of Tanganyika Tanzania

35. Holy Child School Ghana

36. Christ The King College Onitsha Nigeria

37. Graeme College South Africa

38. Jeppe High School for Boys South Africa

39. Alliance High School Kenya

40. Hillcrest School Jos Nigeria

41. Kingswood College South Africa

42. Hamilton High School Zimbabwe

43. Lincoln International School Uganda

44. Lycée Victor Hugo Morocco

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45. Alexandra High School South Africa

46. École Normale Supérieure Guinea

47. Ghana International School Ghana

48. Arundel School Zimbabwe

49. Rondebosch Boys’ High School South Africa

50. Starehe Boys’ Centre Kenya

As stated earlier, in ranking the list of secondary schools in Africa as provided by The African Economist, there is always going to be some degree of difficulty because different countries follow completely different school curriculum and are involved in entirely different local and regional assessment.

Regional assessments of schools were taken into consideration however, it is important to note that in various African countries, not all schools partake in regional assessment.

The historical Schools that have had an established presence especially at the national and regional levels were considered more. This explains the reason there are quite a good number of older schools; some of which were established before the corresponding country had independence.

Other criteria that were considered include; Wining prestigious scholarships and fellowships, Individual school performance which took consistency into consideration to eliminate the quick rise and quick fall cases.

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Here’s More of the Best Secondary Schools in Africa

51. American International School of Johannesburg South Africa

52. Victoria Park High School South Africa

53. Methodist Boys High School Sierra Leone

54. Harare International School Zimbabwe

55. Methodist Girls High School Sierra Leone

56. Lenana School Kenya

57. St. Andrew’s High School Malawi

58. Benoni High School South Africa

59. Waddilove High School Zimbabwe

60. Roedean School South Africa

61. Wykeham Collegiate Independent School for Girls South Africa

62. Lycee Francais du Caire Egypt

63. Christian Brothers’ College Bulawayo Zimbabwe

64. Kamuzu Academy Malawi

65. Mount Pleasant High School Zimbabwe

66. Mfantsipim School Ghana

67. Chisipite Senior School Zimbabwe

68. Gayaza High School Uganda

69. Kutama College Zimbabwe

70. Wheelus High School Libya

71. Michaelhouse School South Africa

72. Westville Boys’ High School South Africa

73. Namilyango College Uganda

74. Government College Umuahia Nigeria

75. Muir College South Africa

76. Wesley Girls High School Ghana

77. Alexander Sinton High School South Africa

78. Lycée Faidherbe Senegal

79. Royal College Port Louis Mauritius

80. Lycée La Fontaine Niger

81. Lycée Lyautey de Casablanca Morocco

82. Settlers High School South Africa

83. Nyeri High School Kenya

84. Pinetown Boys’ High School South Africa

85. Kings’ College Lagos Nigeria

86. Lycée Français Liberté Mali

87. Paarl Boys’ High School South Africa

88. St. Paul’s College Namibia

89. Tafari Makonnen School Ethiopia

90. Wynberg Girls’ High School South Africa

91. Bingham Academy Ethiopia

92. Port Shepstone High School South Africa

93. Clapham High School South Africa

94. Hillcrest Secondary School Kenya

95. South African College School South Africa

96. Lycée Blaise Diagne Senegal

97. St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls South Africa

98. Townsend High School Zimbabwe

99. St.Gregory’s College Nigeria

100. Allan Wilson High School Zimbabwe


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