South African homeschooling provider, Impaq, is launching a new online school in September 2021.
For 20 years, Impaq, which forms part of the Optimi Group, has forged a path for structured homeschooling in South Africa. During this period, more than 169,000 learners have used its educational services, the group said.
With the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic, demand for Impaq’s homeschooling offering — which follows the CAPS curriculum and caters for Grade R – 12 learners — has accelerated with record numbers of families switching to this form of education in the last 18 months, it said.
As a result, Impaq said it has launched a fully catered-for online school for English and Afrikaans speaking learners. This move brings Impaq’s offering full circle in terms of being a distance learning provider in South Africa.
Admissions to the online school are officially opening on 1 September 2021, with the school set to cater to Grade 7-11 learners in 2022. Plans are in place to expand to other grades from 2023, Impaq said.
“While Impaq’s traditional homeschooling offering has involved parents having the option to teach their children, the online school will go further by placing children into classes led by highly qualified teachers. The class sizes will be capped at 30 children, and the online school’s teachers will deliver the lessons virtually.
“Timetables will be a key component of the school and will include structured time to improve fitness and mental wellbeing. Learners will also be encouraged to participate in other activities, such as a robotics club and fitness events. Impaq’s Online School further has a collaboration with the ‘It’s OK’ mental health app to track and ensure the mental wellbeing of learners.”
Impaq said that a sophisticated Optimi Learning Platform will monitor children’s educational progress. This online system can help identify gaps in children’s learning and ensure that educational outcomes are tracked and met.
Impaq joins Curro and the University of Cape Town (UCT) in launching online high school curriculums for students.
Registration and costs
For families wanting to sign up their children to Impaq’s new online school, it’s as simple as visiting Impaq’s website, clicking on the registration page, and checking the additional ‘online school’ option.
Costs for the online school are competitive and will cover both books, exam fees and costs for practical exams, Impaq said. For Grade 7-9 learners, these costs will start from R2,200 per month and for Grade 10-11 learners, these will start from R2,669 per month.