Choosing a school for your child is never an easy decision, but the Winelands offer a variety of top quality schools that are near to the most popular family suburbs – Stellenbosch and Paarl. Many of the schools also offer boarding, with single sex and bilingual schooling the most common.
Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch
Founded in 1866, this all-boys boarding school is fully bilingual: English and Afrikaans, and offers a variety of amenities and classes, some shared with the nearby University of Stellenbosch and their two sister schools, Bloemhof and Rhenish.
Bridge House, Franschhoek
This independent, co-educational school catering for children from Playschool to Grade 12, is located in a beautiful country setting just outside Franschhoek. It is a well-established day and boarding school which focuses on future thinking and relevance and offers an holistic, child-centred education.
Rhenish Girls’ High School, Stellenbosch
Established in 1860 and one of the top feeder schools to the University of Stellenbosch, this all-girls school offers boarding and excellent facilities, including a swimming pool, tennis and netball courts and a multi-purpose, all-surface astro.
Hoer Jongenskool / Paarl Boys’ High, Paarl
One of South Africa’s oldest schools, Paarl Boys’ High believe in ‘tradition with a future’. They offer a range of sporting options, a varied cultural programme and the school is set on beautiful grounds. They also have boarding facilities, housing about 300 boys from all over South Africa.
La Rochelle Girls’ High School, Paarl
This established girls’ high school was founded in 1860 and continues to develop with the times. A strong focus on academics is supported by a variety of sport and cultural offerings, and boarding is offered. Their motto is Love, Acceptance and Respect.Of course, the best way to select a school is to visit in person, as then you can get a real feel for the education your child will receive.