With the thought of back to school leaving many parents "in a cold sweat" the online option seems to make more sense than ever.
To give you an idea of what's out there, here's a look at a few of the local online schools you might want to consider this year.
Since lockdown began, registered Cape Town-based school, Growing Minds, has moved its pupils to a virtual platform and are now offering an online virtual schooling programme for Grades 1 – 7.
The service includes integrated and interactive CAPS curriculum-based content, daily tuition with qualified teachers in small classes, CAPS assessments and term reports.
The online classes take place from 9:00 to 13:30, Monday to Friday.
@Home Online by Play Sense
Play Sense has taken early childcare and education programmes online, with its virtual @Home Online Program.
The @Home Online Program is accessed via Zoom from 8:30 to 11:30 each day.
The @Home Online Program package includes live group sessions, a virtual teacher, and online resources and activities to keep your little one occupied and stimulated.
Elsen Online Learning Centre
Based in Port Elizabeth, Elsen Academy is a registered independent school suitable for pupils with learning barriers such as dyslexia, ADHD, as well as emotional and social barriers.
Elsen is a mainstream school teaching the CAPS curriculum, and also offers online schooling to special needs pupils in Grades 4 - 12.
Elsen Learning Centre is best suited to pupils who are self-driven and prefer to set their own pace for learning.
With a focus on making learning fun, structured and interactive, Teneo Education offers online CAPS aligned learning to pupils in Grades 4 to 12.
The online school boasts a cutting-edge learning management system, online textbooks, live classes with teachers who are specialists in their subjects.
Teneo material is available both English and Afrikaans.
Following the Cambridge curriculum, CambriLearn offers online education for pupils from the Pre-Primary phase up to an International GCSE (Grades 10 & 11), AS (Grade 12) and A-Levels (NQF level 4).
The school is accessible on mobile, tablet, laptop and desktop devices.
It offers live online lessons, progression tests and assignments, mock exams and a chat function providing its pupils with a direct line of contact with their teacher.
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The Valenture Institute is an online private High School focused on individual growth in a social learning environment.
Providing both personal mentors and group learning, the institute offers qualifications aligned with Pearson Edexcel at four different levels beginning from Grade 8 up to International A-Levels.
Valenture offers English, Mathematics, Life Skills, Social Studies and Environmental Management (Geography & Biology), Business Studies and Sustainable Entrepreneurship, Science (Biology, Physics & Chemistry) and Introduction to French.
Offering both the CAPS (Grade R to 12) and British International (Stage R to AS Levels) aligned curricula, TDC is registered with the South African Comprehensive Assessment Institute (SACAI).
The TDC strongly promotes a "work at your own pace" approach which allows pupils to begin and end their day in their own time.
It also provides video, animation and text to make learning as fun and interactive as possible.
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