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The ultimate guide to selecting and applying for high school in 2025

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What’s Inside?

  • Annual application timelines
  • Criteria that’ll help you select the right high school for your child
  • Information on where to get in-person assistance in each province
  • 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).


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.

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.
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Authored by:

Martin Hall

Emeritus Professor at the UCT GSB, and Strategic Advisor for Valenture Institute

Thomas Wrigley

Blended Learning Specialist and Education Researcher at Valenture Institute

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