These Are Now The 10 Most Expensive Private Day Schools in SA


The most expensive private day schools (excluding boarding-only schools) in South Africa will be charging parents more than R130,000 in school fees in 2020 – with increases well above R10,000. 

Business Insider South Africa compared matriculant school fees of the most expensive schools in the country, and found that the schools will be increasing fees by an average of 6%. 

This despite the official inflation rate standing at 3.6% in November 2019 and anticipated economic growth of a low 0.7% for last year.

Kearsney College in Durban remains the most expensive private school in South Africa, excluding boarding only schools, charging R190,740.00 per year. Kearsney increased its school fees by R12,100, or almost 7%, in 2020. 

A typical engineering degree at the University of Witwatersrand costs roughly R55,000 a year.

Johannesburg-based St John’s College is the second most expensive school in the country, charging parents R167 658 in 2020 – R10,822 more than in 2019. 

In a letter to parents in September, St Alban’s College in Pretoria said its increase of R9,750 was necessary to recruit and retain the most proficient staff. 

10. King David High School Linksfield  

King David High School Linksfield was established in 1955 as a community school and proudly maintains its status as one of the premier Jewish Day Schools, both in South Africa as well as internationally.  This has been achieved by producing graduates who have excelled in both the general and Jewish domains.  King David High School Linksfield consistently produces some of the top IEB matric results in the country – an achievement of which we are extremely proud.

The key philosophy in the nurturing of a King David High School leaver is to produce a mensch with self-respect and respect for others, an individual of empathy, humility, imagination, capable of critical thought and concern for the needs of others; one who has accountability, the ability to communicate effectively and to be an holistically well-rounded person, equipped with the resources to take up the challenges in all areas of life: spiritually, emotionally, academically, culturally and on the sports field.

King David seeks to provide students with the widest possible choices to participate in and to “own” their school and foster a true sense of belonging.  It is also our sincere desire to acknowledge, nurture and grow each individual student by recognizing and celebrating the contribution that they make.

The top management of the school is firmly structured and students and staff are divided into director and tutor groups each under the directorship of a senior member of staff, a proven system which affords each student the best possible opportunity to be nurtured, stimulated and engaged, thus enabling them to reach their true potential.


9. St Alban’s College

St Alban’s College is a private boarding, English medium and day high school for boys situated in the suburb of Lynnwood Glen in Pretoria in the Gauteng province of South Africa.

Address: 110 Clearwater Rd, Lynnwood Glen, Pretoria, 0081, South Africa

8. Crawford College Sandton

Crawford College, Sandton is an alternative, independent school in Benmore, Sandton, Gauteng, South Africa. This is the Sandton Campus of the Crawford Schools. The current principal is Lotje Smith.

Since its inception, Crawford Sandton has achieved top academic results in the country and has repeatedly been awarded “Top Independent School” by the Gauteng Department of Education.

We are equally proud of our achievements in the cultural, sporting and community service spheres.
We are a co-educational, multicultural school conveniently situated near the Sandton CBD. Widely acknowledged to have a superb teaching staff, an exceptional extramural programme and consistently top results, the Sandton College is also a very happy, vibrant and exciting campus.
Our students constantly achieve top academic results and we are proud to be a “Top Feeder School” to the University of the Witwatersrand yet again! Every year Crawford Sandton students rank in the top students in the province, many with a ‘full house’ of distinctions. Their performance at University and their later careers indicates that they are equipped with the personal, thinking and leadership skills to ensure successful and fulfilling lives. Most important, our students achieve a 100% pass rate and we are confident that every student receives the best education available for him or her.

The Sandton College is also proud of its achievements in the cultural fields. Every year we are winners of many public speaking trophies, numerous debates and are the hosts of the widely acclaimed One Act Play Festival held at the Theatre on the Square. Our Art and Design departments are highly praised for the creativity and skill evident in the work produced.

Address: College Building, Waterstone Dr, Benmore Gardens, Sandton, 2196, South Africa

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