As a parent of a Grade 7 learner, you’re no doubt already in the thick of the high school applications process. And with an already busy schedule and the high stakes of the school selection process, you could probably use some support.
As educators, and as parents, we understand your concerns. We also know that the high school application process is tricky, tangled and inconsistent. Between different procedures among public, private and online high schools, application processes can vary widely.
Some institutions need you to apply way in advance; as much as 18 months before the school year. Others ask for application fees, and high deposits that you need to budget for upfront. Others call for entrance tests and interviews that you need to factor into your timeline. All require supporting documentation, but this can differ for each school. And the process isn’t even the same between provinces.
How do I start the high school application process?
You’re not alone in your worries. Parents just like you are asking themselves:
- Where do I start?
- How do I ensure I’m making the right choice for my child?
- And what happens if I make a mistake during the process?
That’s why we decided to scour all available information: from provincial departments of education, public and private schools, as well as international and online high schools like the University of Cape Town (UCT) Online High School.
We pulled this information together to create the ultimate guide on the high school application process for 2024. Our hope is that this resource will demystify the application process, ease your anxieties, and guide you during this process.
From annual application timelines, to criteria that’ll help you select the right high school for your child, and information on where to get in-person assistance in each province: We’ve covered it all so you don’t have to.
This is the first part of our high school applications series. So keep an eye on our blog and social media as we dive into the key insights from this guide, including:
- the applications procedures in each province
- the high school applications timeline
- what you should do if your child doesn’t get into the right school
- the ins and outs of the South African National Senior Certificate (NSC).
If you know of other parents or guardians who are struggling through the application process, feel free to share this guide with them. You can also reach out to one of our Admissions Consultants for general advice or insights on what online learning can do for you and your child.