×
Interested in our Partner Program for businesses or our Local Guide Program for experienced expats and digital nomads? Click here to learn more.
Expat Exchange - How to Enroll Your Children in School in South Africa
Expat Exchange
Free MembershipSign In


How to Enroll Your Children in School in South Africa

By Joshua Wood, LPC

SJB Global
SJB Global

Summary: If you're a newcomer in South Africa and enrolling your children in school in South Africa, here's how:

Education in South Africa - How to Enroll Your Children in School in South Africa

Enrolling your child in a public school in South Africa as an expat can be a complex process, but with the right preparation and understanding, it can be made easier. The process involves several steps, including gathering the necessary paperwork, choosing the right school, and understanding the South African education system. The paperwork required includes your child's birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of residence. It's also important to note that the South African school year runs from January to December, which may differ from your home country. This guide will provide a step-by-step process to help you navigate this process.

  1. Research Schools: Start by researching the public schools in your area. Consider factors such as the curriculum, school culture, and proximity to your home. South Africa has 11 official languages, and while English is commonly used in schools, it's important to check the language of instruction at your chosen school.
  2. Prepare the Necessary Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This includes your child's birth certificate, passport, visa, immunization records, and your proof of residence. If your child has previously attended school, you'll also need their latest school report. If any of these documents are not in English, they may need to be translated.
  3. Application: Once you've chosen a school, you'll need to fill out an application form. This can usually be obtained from the school's office or website. The form will ask for details about your child, including their academic history and any special educational needs.
  4. Submit the Application: Submit the completed application form to the school along with all the necessary documents. Some schools may require you to submit the application in person, while others may allow online submissions.
  5. Interview: After reviewing your application, the school may invite you and your child for an interview. This is an opportunity for the school to get to know your child better and for you to ask any questions you may have.
  6. Acceptance: If your application is successful, the school will send you an acceptance letter. This will include details about the school fees, uniform, and other necessary preparations for your child's first day of school.
  7. Registration: Once you've accepted the school's offer, you'll need to register your child. This usually involves paying a registration fee and providing any additional information the school may require.
  8. Prepare for the First Day: Finally, prepare your child for their first day of school. This may involve buying a uniform, school supplies, and discussing any changes or new routines with your child.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


SJB Global
SJB Global

SJB Global
SJB Global

SJB Global
SJB Global

SJB Global is a top-rated financial advisory firm specializing in expat financial advice worldwide, offering retirement planning & tax-efficient solutions with a regressive fee model.
Learn More

SJB GlobalSJB Global

SJB Global is a top-rated financial advisory firm specializing in expat financial advice worldwide, offering retirement planning & tax-efficient solutions with a regressive fee model.
Learn More

Contribute to South Africa Network Contribute
Help others in South Africa by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in South Africa.

SJB Global
SJB Global

Copyright 1997-2024 Burlingame Interactive, Inc.

Privacy Policy Legal Partners & Local Guides