With an annual fee of R209,000, Hilton College in Kwa-Zulu Natal is South Africa’s most expensive private school.
The all-boys boarding school, located near Hilton in the KZN Midlands, was founded in 1872 and sits on an over 1,700 hectare piece of land, which includes its own wildlife reserve.
Hilton, along with MichaelHouse, the second most expensive private school in the country, are of the only remaining schools that are pure boarding schools, that do not offer day student education.
MichaelHouse is also located in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal.
So what will R209,000 at Hilton College get you? Aside from the prestigious location and tradition, the fees cover tuition, board, games, ordinary medical attention, the use of the sanatorium, library and laundry.
It also includes basic entertainment which is arranged for all boys, games transport and simple mending materials.
The fees listed below are what parents can expect to pay for a full senior year at some of South Africa’s most elite private schools, including boarding, at the latest-available rates.
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.
Entry fees have been noted in the table below for institutions where it has been explicitly stated.
Hilton College – R209,000 – KZN Midlands
MichaelHouse – R192,000 – KZN Midlands
St Martins – R184,460 – Johannesburg
St Andrews College – R182,700 – Grahamstown
Kearsney College – R181,350 – KZN Midlands
Roedean School for Girls – R181,140 – Johannesburg
St Alban’s College – R181,000 – Pretoria
St Andrews School for Girls – R174,860 – Johannesburg
St Johns – R178,523 – Johannesburg
St Mary’s School – Waverly – R173,700
Bishops – R168,140 – Cape Town
Somerset College – R167,736 – Somerset West
St Stithians – R166,691 – Sandton
St Mary’s DSG – R166,155 – Pretoria
Kingswood College – R158,355 – Grahamstown
Diocesan School for Girls – R157,590 – Grahamstown
Herschel Girls’ School – R157,560 – Cape Town
The Wykeham Collegiate – R154,820 – Pietermaritzburg
Bridge House – R149,490 – Franschoek
St Cyprians – R148,560 – Cape Town
St Anne’s Diocesan College – R146,200 – KZN Midlands
Treverton College – R142,400 – KZN Midlands
SA’s most expensive private schools (Above R140,000)
|Annual Fee (Boarding)
|Annual Fee (Day)
|Roedean School for Girls
|St Alban’s College
|St Andrews School for Girls
|St Mary’s School for Girls
|St Mary’s DSG
|Diocesan School for Girls
|Herschel Girls’ School
|The Wykeham Collegiate
|St Anne’s School for Girls
* 2015 fees ** Refundable deposit
However, even South Africa’s most expensive schools don’t quite match up to the fees charged by private schools in the USA.
Lawrenceville, in New Jersey, charges upwards of $44,800 (over R500,000) per year for its education; with other private schools such as Salisbury School in Conneticut and Riverdale Country School and Birch Wathen Lenox School in New York, charging students around $43,000 per year.
The title of most expensive school in the world belong to Swiss school, Institut Le Rosey, which charges annual fees of over $120,000 (R1.35 million) – with royalty, monarchs and celebrities amongst some of its more notable alumni.
Are there any high-cost schools we missed? Please let us know in the comments.