Many of the private schools in Johannesburg have religious origins but are now mostly either non-denominational or tolerant of other beliefs. Private schools in the city are registered with the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA) and Grade 12 students generally write the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) matric exam, which is held in higher regard than the state matric qualification.
Schools are usually divided into junior preparatory school (Grades 0 to 3), senior preparatory school (Grades 4 to 7) and high school (Grades 8 to 12). The term “college” usually refers to a school that encompasses both preparatory and high school, although it can also refer to high school level.
1. Brescia House School
Brescia House is one of the leading girls’ schools in the country, and has an excellent reputation among expat and South African parents. The curriculum and ethos is geared toward the Catholic faith, but the school accepts students from other faith groups. The school has an unusually low teacher to student ratio of 12:1 and an extensive support network of occupational, remedial and speech therapists. Facilities include an aquatic complex with a heated swimming pool as well as sport-specific fields and courts. The school regularly produces top performers in diving, swimming, hockey and athletics among other sports, and Brescia girls regularly win local competitions in public speaking, debating and drama.