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Top 10 Most Expensive High Schools in South Africa and Their Fees

Is good education really bought? The top two most expensive schools in the country each have an annual fee exceeding R200 000 per scholar. Let that sink in.

According to Dr Muavia Gallie, independent education consultant, said that the school fees figures present a big challenge for South African families.

The schools listed below reflect what South African parents are paying for a full senior year in 2016. All of them are reported to have achieved a 100% matric pass rate.

10. St Stithians: Boarding pupil – R181 693 / Day pupil – R104 770

St Stithians College is a Methodist church school situated on the border of Randburg and Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa.

It follows a co-ordinate educational model within a village of schools consisting of boys’ and girls’ colleges, boys’ and girls’ preparatory schools, and a junior preparatory.

9. Bishops:  Boarding pupil – R184 120  /  Day pupil – R105 520

The Diocesan College, or Bishops as it is more commonly known, is an independent, all-boys school situated in the suburb of Rondebosch in Cape Town, South Africa.

The school was established in 1849 by Robert Gray, Bishop of Cape Town. Read more :Top 10 Most Beautiful Actresses in South Africa


8. St Martins: Boarding pupil – R184 460  /  Day pupil – R112 000

Founded as a boys’ school, St Martin’s became the established Anglican Diocesan School for the south of Johannesburg.

In 1978, the school became a co-educational institution. Check This : Top 10 Highest Paid Footballers In South Africa 2017 [ Shabba is #2 ]


7. St Andrew’s School for Girls: Boarding – R189 830  /  Day – R102 400

St Andrew’s School for GirlsSt Andrew’s School for Girls is a top independent Christian girls-only private day and boarding school and co-educational preschool situated in Bedfordview, Johannesburg.

The school has a student body of around 1100 girls. St Andrew’s has been voted as Best English High School, Best Private School for Girls and Best Nursery School by the public in the popular newspaper The Star “Your Choice 2008” Poll.


6. St Johns College: Boarding pupil – R194 231 / Day pupil – R115 067

Image result for st john's college south africaSt John’s College is a private school for boys in South Africa. It is situated in Houghton, Johannesburg. Check This :  Top 10 African Countries With the Most Beautiful Women ( Mzansi is #3 )

St John’s College was ranked 11th out of the top 100 best high schools in Africa by Africa Almanac in 2003, based upon quality of education, student engagement, strength and activities of alumni, school profile, internet and news visibility.


5. Kearsney College: Boarding – R195 800 /  Day – R134 800

Kearsney College is a private boarding school for boys in Botha’s Hill, a small town between the provincial capital of Pietermaritzburg and Durban, in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.

Kearsney College is named after Kearsney, Kent and originates from Sir Liege Hulett giving his family home on Natal’s North Coast near Stanger to the Christian Church.


4. Roedean School for Girls: Boarding – R196 539 / Day – R107 670

Image result for Roedean School south africaRoedean School is a private day and boarding school for girls located in Houghton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

The school has an Anglican foundation and is linked to St John’s College, also in Houghton, by the Desmond and Leah Tutu Bridge. Read more : Top 10 Richest Politicians in South Africa 2017


3. St Andrews College: Boarding – R199 140 / Day pupil – R88 950

St. Andrew’s College is an Anglican school for boys located in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa. It was founded in 1855 by the Right Reverend John Armstrong, the first Bishop of Grahamstown.

It is a full boarding school, with a number of day boys. St. Andrew’s College caters for 480 pupils from around the globe. Read more : Top 10 Richest People in South Africa 2017


2. Michael House: Boarding pupil – R208 320 / Day pupil – N/A

Image result for Michael House south africaMichaelhouse is a full boarding senior school for boys founded in 1896. It is located in the Balgowan valley in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

It is regarded as one of the best schools in south africa.  Read more : Top 10 Richest Celebrities in South Africa and Their Net Worth


1. Hilton College: Boarding pupil -R219 500 /  Day pupil – N/A

Image result for Hilton College South AfricaHilton College, more commonly referred to as Hilton, is a private boarding school for boys located near the town of Hilton in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands which includes a wildlife reserve.

Hilton College was ranked 4th out of the top 100 best high schools in Africa by Africa Almanac in 2003, based upon quality of education, student engagement, strength and activities of alumni, school profile, internet and news visibility.

According to Gallie, only 2-5% of South Africa’s population can afford the fees of the schools listed above. He says that the current structure of the education system dictates that if you’ve got more money, you have a better education.

Gallie advises that it need not be that the quality of South African education be linked to the amount of money parents spend.

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Updated: September 12, 2017 — 11:46 pm


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