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Children enter Primary school at the age of four or five years old depending on when their birthday is;

if the child is four but turns five before June 30th of the same year, he may go to primary that year.
However, if he turns five after the 30th of June, he will enter primary school the following year.

Should you be unsure whether your child is ready for primary school, you can have him assesed by the school or by a private practioner. You may hold your child back if you feel he is not yet ready but children must attend school between the ages of 7 and 15 in South Africa.

Both public and private schooling is available in South Africa and both offer co-education and single sex schooling possibilities. Private schooling is preferred as it generally offers a better level of education. In comparison to public schools, private schools are expensive but they do offer excellent education comparable to international standards.

One school will normally offer both primary and secondary school facilities on the same grounds so your child will probably be at the same school for the 12 or 13 years of his formal school career. This makes it very important to carefully consider which school to send your child to. It is best to also apply to several schools as your child may not be admitted to your first choice.

For advice on choosing a school, please click here.

If you would like your child to complete the German Abitur in Johannesburg, you can enrol him at Deutsche Schule Johannesburg (DSJ). This school can facilitate children and scholars from creche until Abitur level. The DSJ is supported by the Republic of Germany and the Abitur offered here is recognised by the The Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (Sekretariat der Ständigen Konferenz der Kultusminister der Länder in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland) The DSJ also has an additional facility for complementary and advanced education called the Phoenix Centre which offers the IEB Advanced Program in Mathematics

The German Abitur is offered at two other schools in South Africa; Deutschen Schule Pretoria (DSP) (website only in German) and the Deutsche Internationale Schule Kapstadt (DSK).

Another international school; the American International School of Johannesburg (AISJ) also offers a school leaving certificate called the International Baccalaureate (IB). The IB is also widely accepted by overseas universities.

Please find some links and references below:
Independent Examination Board
IEB Advanced Programs
Deutsche Schule Johannesburg
Phoenix Centre at the DSJ
The Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany

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