High School Programmes in South Africa

Camps Bay High School

High School Abroad in South Africa

Participating in a High School Programme in South Africa is the best way of mastering your English skills and experiencing the South African way of life at the same time. You will attend all lessons in English and then be encouraged to participate in after school clubs, such as the Drama Club, Debating or Community Work. At home with your host family, you will be welcomed as part of the family, taking part in their day-to-day activities and events.

It’s not just an English learning programme, but the experience of a lifetime!

What High School Programme students can expect

  • A total immersive High School Exchange programme in Cape Town, South Africa
  • To vastly improve their vocabulary, as they will be listening and speaking English 24/7;
  • An international high school programme from 4 weeks to a full academic year in South Africa;
  • To live and study in South Africa whilst learning about a different culture;
  • To live with a host family that knows the area well and can advise you regarding things to do and places to see
  • To meet new people from different cultural backgrounds;
  • To become more independent;
  • To be placed in the school of your choice and have your host family selected accordingly.
  • South Africa is great for students who are interested in environmental protection, wildlife & community service, experiencing unique cultures, and making new friends.

What you need to know

  • Your host family will keep in constant contact with you before your arrival and will meet you at the airport;
  • Choose from our vast range of schools and be placed with a conveniently located and regularly inspected family in the same area;
  • Life in South Africa is always active, even in winter! Be prepared for a lot of fresh air and lovely hikes;
  • By the time you have finished your High School Programme in South Africa, you will be much more experienced and ready to take the next step towards further education.

Download High School programme Brochure

Mixed Gender Schools

We have partnerships with many great schools in Cape Town, South Africa. English Language Homestays can arrange for students to attend one of the best-rated mixed-gender schools of your choice.

Schools are listed below –

Protea Heights Academy

Protea Heights Academy focuses on Mathematics and Science, which are  compulsory subjects for all grades. The IT department is advanced with excellent opportunities to  keep up with the development of technology. Students are also exposed to sport, culture and leadership opportunities in addition to the excellent academic education. It is a lovely spacious school,  with young vibrant teachers who contribute to a wonderful diverse learning experience.

Fish Hoek High School

The days begin with Maths lessons before sunrise, through the day’s academic work to afternoon sport and into the evening with play rehearsals and leadership training. A cohort of educators with 1000 years teaching experience between them. Fish Hoek provide an authentic educational experience, culturally diverse, but increasingly united around the “Fish Hoek Way;” that unspoken set of values that has defined them over the years.

Hottentots Holland

We love this school based at the foot of Sir Lowry’s Pass close to the Strand and local surfing. Its in a great region offering students who love sports the chance to really enjoy then whilst in The Cape. Hottentots Holland is no stranger to European High school students and you will regularly find a good collection of students from many countries in Europe visiting the school for periods from one month to one academic year. Hottentots is a good all round school but pays particular attention to offering social experiences after school. Before “ play” you will be encouraged to take part in all of the main subjects such as English; Maths; Geography and Science and Buddies are always about to guide you through your first few weeks.

Camps Bay High School

Camps Bay High School is a caring and collaborative diverse learning community where they develop well-rounded, confident and responsible students who aspire to achieve their full potential through Service, Academics, Sport and Culture.

Simons Town High School

Simons Town High School is one of the oldest High Schools in South Africa and its students achieve a high success rate when achieving exam results.  Steered by the very capable Ms Jean Human, you can be assured of a very warm south african welcome when you arrive and you will quickly be absorbed into school life and its many projects and activities.  This school also has a large Hospitality Programme which you can join should you not be so academically minded.   If you enjoy debating then you can get the chance of practising your English against other schools.   Being right across the road from Boulders Beach there is also the chance to get involved in Conservation work after school.

Brackenfell High School

Brackenfell High endeavours to equip learners with a sound basis in order for them to excel in any tertiary academic environment. The wide subject choice as well as the dual medium language policy of the school gives the learners an extra edge! Various platforms are in place and they have a proud cultural tradition. Some of the activities include dance and drama. They give learners the opportunity to show their talent on the sport field. Brackenfell High School have a proud sport history and regularly produce provincial representatives. Learners get good quality coaching.

Single Gender Schools

We have partnerships with many great single-gender schools in Cape Town, South Africa. English Language Homestays can arrange for students to attend one of the best-rated single gender schools if you require.

Schools are listed below –

Rhenish Girls’ High School

Rhenish Girls school is located in the stunning wine district of Stellenbosch.   All of our host families also have girls attending this school so it makes for an easier transition for you.  Your school Buddy will probably be the girl you are staying with.

This school excels in both sport (particularly Water Polo) as well as Academia .   It has a strong ethos of giving back to the local community.  Although this is also an Afrikaans district, you can be assured your school and host family speak English as their first language.

Sans Souci Girls School

Sans Souci is a school that welcomes students from all backgrounds and has a reputation for high achievers. Students are encouraged to respect others and the environment, to act with integrity, and to develop a social conscience as evidenced in the school motto “Learn to be of Service”. Being in a school means more leadership opportunities and our girls enjoy these under the mentorship of our superb staff.

South African College High School

SACS is the oldest high school in South Africa, founded in September 1829. It is at the foot of Table Mountain and Devils peak. The school prides itself on the balanced education it provides, the world-class facilities on offer and the fact that SACS men strive for excellence in all spheres of school life and that it places a strong emphasis on high moral values.

High School Programmes Prices 2020


Schools Fees
Brackenfell High School Protea Heights High School Simons Town High School Sans Souci School for Girls Hottentots Holland Prices – all inclusive – for 1 term from 3,100.00 GBP
Camps Bay High School Rhenish School for Girls Fish Hoek High School Prices – all inclusive – for 1 term from 3,400.00 GBP
South African College High School Prices – all inclusive – for 1 term from 3,800.00 GBP

All fees includes school fees; host family accommodation; some excursions; airport transfers; local Co-Ordinator;

Please enquire for prices for 1 month (Simons Town High School and Brackenfell only ) 2 terms; 1 academic year.

School Term Dates – 2020

Begins Ends Duration
Term1 15.01.20 20.03.20 10 Weeks
Term 2 31.03.20 12.06.20 11 Weeks
Term 3 07.07.20 18.09.20 11 Weeks
Term 4 29.09.20 04.12.20 10 Weeks

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