Updated June 2020
Home schooling is an alternative to attending public or independent schools. With homeschooling a parent of a learner of compulsory school going age provides education for his/her own child/ren at home.
As a homeschooling family, you can either teach your child yourself or hire a tutor to do the teaching at your home.
If you have decided to teach your child at home, whether for the rest of this year or for the rest of your child's school career, you must apply to the head of your provincial education department to register your child for home schooling.
The lessons you offer your child must fall within the scope of the following compulsory phases of education:
- the foundation phase (grades 1 - 3)
- the intermediate phase (grades 4 - 6)
- the senior phase (grades 7 - 9)
Find out more about this part of the process here.
Many parents choose to sign up with an accredited home education institution which supplies a curriculum and learning materials. Here are several local options to choose from:
Please note that this is for information purposes only and Parent24 does not endorse any of these institutions and organisations. Please research homeschooling well and talk to other homeschooling parents before choosing a curriculum.
Pure Life Home Education Academy
The Pure Life Home Education Academy offers a digitised homeschooling system that can be customised to your child's learning needs.
All subjects are divided into a series of courses, which includes lessons, quizzes, tests and exams, and is mastery-based. This means pupils have to master the work before going on to next courses, with the required pass rate set at 80% for lessons and 70% for quizzes and tests.
Pure Life's learning material is based on an accredited international curriculum which gives students an American High School Diploma equivalent to NQF level 4. It is also accredited with the South African Qualifications Authority.
MyTutorSA is a homeschooling tutoring service that links struggling pupils with a qualified teacher.
The service offers tutoring in any particular topic or subject, all you need is an internet connection to log into your 3rd party Zoom session at your chosen time.
Brainline provides support to homeschooling parents to children in Grade R to 11. The website provides printable portfolios with self-mark tests and tasks, suggests both CAPS and IEB aligned study materials, and an annual progress report.
Brainline does not impose time-limits or set schedules, making it easier for parents who prefer flexible programs.
The Successful Online School
After seeing her children through to graduating from Nelson Mandela University, UNISA and Stellenbosch, Homeschooling mom Lesley Ritchie has created the Successful Online School.
Aimed at competent students in Grades 7 to 9 who wish to study at home and go on to university, the Successful Online School uses a blended learning approach and prepares pupils for Cambridge Checkpoint Examinations.
Pupils have the option of writing a Cambridge Checkpoint Examination or an exam set by the Successful Online School at the end of each course.
A comprehensive homeschooling website with information on where to begin, the legal aspects, news, resources and links to organisations providing curricula and support.
Homeschooling Curriculum Guide
This website was started by a homeschooling mom with 3 children, and she offers information about the process as well as resources.
Cyber School offers three different options: the curriculum plus ongoing online assessments (also available in Afrikaans); Cyber School On Demand – non live schooling available via audio when it suits you, day or night; and the curriculum plus ongoing online assessments plus daily, structured, live virtual classroom sessions combined with a full-time student timetable.
Hodder Education, the second largest school publisher in the UK, is trusted to help teachers and students learn through a wide range of high-quality resources. They support the UK curriculum in almost every subject area and at every level.
Dynamic Learning is their online subscription solution with interactive resources, lesson planning tools, self-marking tests, assessment and eTextbooks.
From annual CAPS aligned planners to all the tasks, tests and memorandums that you would need to assess your child at home, Moore House Academy offers online education to all learners in Grade 8 to Grade 12.
The academy is accessible via desktop and mobile platforms, and its services include one-on-one or small group tutoring, assessments and all the components homeschooling parents require.
The academy also provides support to homeschooling parents, assisting them to feel confident in taking this journey with their child.
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