International Schools in Johannesburg

Download the free Expat Arrivals Johannesburg Schools Guide for an overview of what expat parents can expect from the school system in Joburg. Read about a typical school day, the difference between public and private schools, and everything you need to know about the admissions process.


Perhaps surprisingly for a city of its size, Johannesburg is not home to an abundance of international schools. Many expat parents choose to send their children to local private schools, which are very highly regarded. For expats hoping to find a school that follows the same curriculum as back home, as well as the same teaching language, the choice may be limited.

Below is a selection of international schools in Johannesburg:

The American International School of Johannesburg
Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: American, IB
Age: 3 to 18
This highly regarded school offers the American High School Diploma, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and IB Certificate courses. There is also a Pretoria campus which currently offers classes for pre-kindergarten to Grade 8 students. Read more

British International College
Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: British
Age: 6 to 18
The BIC offers the Cambridge International Examination syllabus which includes O- and A-level exams. Read more

Charter College International High School
Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: British, South African
Age: 14 to 18
Situated in Honeydew, Charter College gives its students a progressive education that emphasises respect and encourages a healthy balance between academics, sports and cultural activities.

German International School
Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: German, South African
Age: 3 to 18
Founded in 1890, the venerable Deutsche Internationale Schule Johannesburg (DSJ) is one of Johannesburg's oldest schools. The DSJ is the most multicultural school in the city with 27 different nationalities represented among the student body. Read more

Lycée Français Jules Verne
Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: French
Age: 3 to 18
From its campus in Morningside, Sandton, this school offers co-educational French-language and French curriculum instruction from kindergarten to Grade 12. Read more

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