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).
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.
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.
The three most popular homeschooling curriculums parents can choose from in South Africa are:
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.
This pricing option provides personalised learning for students who require less teacher intervention than our Premium package.
This pricing option provides students with access to the full bouquet of learning features offered by CambriLearn.
*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.
Please speak to a consultant for a formal quote.