Is homeschooling legal in South Africa?

Homeschooling is legal in South Africa, and as a parent, whether a South African national or visiting expatriate, you are able to choose a curriculum that suits your child’s educational needs, provided it meets the minimum requirements outlined in the SA Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS).

How to start homeschooling in South Africa

Many South African parents start their homeschooling journey by registering with the Pestalozzi Trust. The Pestalozzi trust is a non-profit organisation that supports parents and provides legal protection when parents face difficulties with local authorities regarding homeschooling. 

Once registered, give the school your children are currently attending notice. Ensure that you receive a formal report card of the completed grade from the school. This will facilitate the transition to a homeschooling curriculum.
 
Prepare for homeschooling by creating the appropriate learning environment for your child and gather the necessary materials such as textbooks. Remember to refer to your selected curriculum’s recommended textbook list and school’s textbook suppliers lists.

Finally, ensure that you set up a structure or routine that works for you and your child before you start. It doesn’t have to conform to the standard school day which you are used to, but it should offer a suitable framework within which your child can flourish as they work through their curriculum. 

How to register for homeschooling in South Africa

In keeping with the South African School Act, the Department of Education expects all homeschooled children to be registered with their Provincial Education Department. Website links and relevant information can be found on the department of education's site.

Homeschooling curriculums in South Africa

The three most popular homeschooling curriculums parents can choose from in South Africa are: 

Curriculum Level Comparison

Age
5/6
6/7
7/8
9/10
10/11
11/12
12/13
13/14
14/15
15/16
15/16
16/17
17/18
17/18
British Curriculum
Learn to Read
Primary Stage 1
Primary Stage 2
Primary Stage 3
Primary Stage 4
Primary Stage 5
Primary Stage 6
Foundation 1
-
Foundation 2
International GCSE
-
AS Level
A Level
CAPS / IEB
Reception
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11
Grade 12
Grade 13

Homeschooling Cost in South Africa

The cost of homeschooling will depend on the curriculum, platform, student level and the subjects you select. CambriLearn offers the British and CAPS curriculums with various pricing options that help parents and students meet their unique needs.

British Curriculum Estimated Cost at CambriLearn

Standard

This pricing option provides personalised learning for students who require less teacher intervention than our Premium package.

Annual fees per Level*

Primary Stage 1-6

From $714 per annum
or
$84.24 (10 monthly instalments)

Foundation I&II

From $1 208 per annum
or
$142.55 (10 monthly instalments)

International GCSE

From $1 548 per annum
or
$60.89 (10 monthly instalments)

AS & A Levels

From $1 476 per annum
or
$174.16 (10 monthly instalments)
Premium

This pricing option provides students with access to the full bouquet of learning features offered by CambriLearn.

Annual fees per Level*

Primary Stage 1-6

From $1 548 per annum
or
$60.89 (10 monthly instalments)

Foundation I&II

From $2 351 per annum
or
$277.41 (10 monthly instalments)

International GCSE

From $3 485 per annum
or
$411.25 (10 monthly instalments)

AS & A Levels

From $3 164 per annum
or
$373.36 (10 monthly instalments)

*The fees are only for demonstrative purposes and will vary depending on the subject choice. CambriLearn's British Curriculum also offers parents the option to combine different package options per level. For example, if there is a particular subject that you need extra support with, then you can take that subject on Premium and your other subjects on Standard.

You can view a detailed breakdown of the differences between the CambriLearn International British Curriculum Packages here.

CAPS Curriculum Costs at CambriLearn

CAPS Starter

Annual fees per Grade

Foundation Phase

(Grades 1–3)
R3 780
or
R436 (10 monthly instalments)

Intermediate Phase

(Grades 4–6)
R5 670
or
R654 (10 monthly instalments)

Senior Phase

(Grades 7–9)
R8 505
or
R981 (10 monthly instalments)
CAPS Standard

Annual fees per Grade

Foundation Phase

(Grades 1–3)
R6 380
or
R732 (10 monthly instalments)

Intermediate Phase

(Grades 4–6)
R14 100
or
R1 620 (10 monthly instalments)

Senior Phase

(Grades 7–9)
R21 150
or
R2 430 (10 monthly instalments)
CAPS Premium

Annual fees per Grade

Foundation Phase

(Grades 1–3)
R9 980
or
R1 148 (10 monthly instalments)

Intermediate Phase

(Grades 4–6)
R17 970
or
R2 064 (10 monthly instalments)

Senior Phase

(Grades 7–9)
R26 955
or
R3 096 (10 monthly instalments)

You can view a detailed breakdown of the differences between the CambriLearn CAPS Curriculum Packages here.

Not sure where to start your homeschooling journey?

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