These are the 20 most expensive schools in South Africa in 2018

Despite a stagnant economy and expectations for subdued growth in 2018, parents are still prepared to pay exorbitant fees to ensure their children have access to the best education they can afford.

Having adjusted their fee structures for 2018, South Africa’s elite schools are now more expensive than ever. Notably, when BusinessTech first published a list of the most expensive schools in 2014, only one school (Hilton College) was priced over R200,000 for boarding and tuition – now in 2018, 17 schools have moved into that price range.

As it currently stands Michaelhouse is the most expensive school in the country, but is likely to be replaced by longtime leader Hilton college when that school publishes its official fees list later this month. It is followed by St Andrew’s College (Grahamstown) in third, Roedean School for Girls in fourth, and Kearnsney College in fifth.

Aside from the prestige, tradition, and beautiful facilities and grounds, the fees generally cover tuition, board, games, ordinary medical attention, the use of the sanatorium, library and laundry.

It also includes basic entertainment which is arranged for learners, and transport for sporting and other events.

It most be noted that most schools do not include additional fees in this amount. Additional fees can typically relate to various levies, such as IT and infrastructure, as well as further costs for food, extra mural activities and trips.

The fees listed below are as they appear on the various schools’ web pages, and cover tuition and boarding. Schools where the 2018 fees were not available show the 2017 fees and are indicated with a * . Fees are for the highest level of learning available, and do not include levies, admission fees, or optional extras.

Most expensive schools in SA 2018

Michaelhouse, Balgowan: R265,680

Hilton College, Hilton: R253,660*

St Andrew’s College, Grahamstown: R252,990

Roedean School, Johannesburg: R252,341

Kearnsney College, Botha’s Hill: R242,220

Bishops, Rondebosch: R240,380

St Mary’s School, Waverley: R234,540

St Andrews School for Girls, Senderwood: R233,810

St Stithians, Johannesburg: R232,640

St Martin’s School, Rosettenville: R232,120

Most expensive schools in SA

School 2018 2017  % Change
 Michaelhouse R265,680 R240,000 10.7%
 Hilton  – R253,660
 St Andrew’s College, Grahamstown R252,990 R235,335 7.5%
 Roedean School for Girls R252,341 R236,795 6.6%
 Kearnsney College  R242,220 R225,940 7.2%
 Bishops, Rondebosch  R240,380 R219,510 9.5%
 St Mary’s, Waverley R234,540 R215,200 8.9%
 St Andrew’s School for Girls, Senderwood  R233,810  R219,450 6.5%
 St Stithians R232,640  R229,010 1.6%
 St Martin’s R232,120  R217,330 6.8%
 St Alban’s College R229,410  R212,600 7.9%
 St John’s College  R227,815  R226,965 0.4%
 Kingswood College  R221,370 R203,400 8.8%
 Diocesan School for Girls, Grahamstown  R219,420  R203,190  8.0%
 St Mary’s DSG, Pretoria  R209,675  R194,940  7.6%
 Somerset College  R208,515 R196,712 6.0%
 St Cyprian’s  R204,000 R191,550 6.5%
 The Wykeham Collegiate  R196,600 R182,140 7.9%
 Treverton College R191,840
 Herschel Girls’ School  R190,150 R180,040 5.6%

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