SA's most expensive schools for 2018


* Updated 13 December 2017.

Feeling the pinch of budgeting for the next school year? 

Take a look at what South Africa's most expensive high schools will cost in 2018.

Top 10 most expensive day schools

1. Kearsney College, Botha's Hill: R166 650
2. St John's College, Johannesburg: R155 991
3  Roedean School, Johannesburg: R151 200 (projected*)
4. St Mary's School, Waverley, Johannesburg: R147 180
5. Bishops Diocesan College, Cape Town: R140 280
6. St Martin's School, Johannesburg: R139 101
7. St Alban's College, Pretoria: R133 100
8. St Stithians College, Johannesburg: R131 970
9. St Andrew's School for Girls, Bedfordview: R126 550
10. St Mary's Diocesan School for Girls, Kloof, Greater Durban: R122 350

* The 2018 fees for Roedean School have not been published yet. Our projection is based on their 2017 fees plus a 7.5% increase (the amount by which they increased their fees in the previous year).

Top 10 most expensive boarding schools

1. African Leadership Academy, Honeydew: US$30,900 (R417 150*)
2. Hilton College, Hilton, KZN: R272 685 (projected**)
3. St Mary's School, Waverley, Johannesburg: R265 980
4. Michaelhouse, Balgowan: R265 680
5. St John's College, Johannesburg: R263 307
6. Roedean School, Johannesburg: R262 117 (projected**)
7. St Andrew's College, Grahamstown: R252 990
8. Bishops Diocesan College, Cape Town: R245 668
9. Kearnsney College, Botha Hill: R242 220
10. The Diocesan School for Girls, Grahamstown: R234 640

* Calculated at R13.50/$

** Projections are based on the 2017 fees plus a 7.5% increase.


  • The fees are for matric or equivalent.
  • School fees include tuition and boarding only and exclude all other compulsory fees and levies.
  • The annual fees are the total monthly or termly instalments over a year. They exclude the discounts some schools offer for early settlement.
  • Sources: Individual school websites; BusinessTech.

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