Top Private Schools in Port Elizabeth

top private schools in port elizabeth

Port Elizabeth has a wealth of private schools.  These range from large institutions that are comparable to the best in the country to those that are small, unique and owned by someone who has a passion for education.

A private school is one that is mostly or entirely funded by school fees.  The consequence is that private schools are usually more expensive than government schools.

Private schools often have a unique selling point or points – something that differentiates them from government schools. 

This may be as simple as have much smaller classes than government schools where kids receive more individual attention.  It may be something much larger such as having an equestrian centre or a particular focus on a specific religion.

Below is a list of private schools in Port Elizabeth, in no particular order, with whom Kids Connection has worked over the past few years.

Woodridge College and Preparatory School


Located on the edge of the Van Stadens Wildflower Nature Reserve, Woodridge College is a mere twenty-five minute drive from Port Elizabeth.

Well known for its beautiful and eco-friendly campus, the school is committed to promoting environmental awareness, amongst other things.

Kids Connection had the wonderful opportunity to talk to Lynne Niemann, parent and employee of Woodridge, to ask her why parents should choose Woodridge for their children.  Read more …

St Georges Preparatory School

St George’s Preparatory School

You’ll find a place where kids can enjoy a warm, caring environment while learning new things and making great friends, at St George’s Preparatory School in Port Elizabeth.

The staff strives to make sure all their students receive an all-round education in a nurturing and beautiful environment.

At St George’s Prep, your child can experience a stimulating and challenging academic programme, a vibrant sports programme as well as a wide range of cultural activities. They believe that with kindness, mutual respect and strong moral values, they can create a lasting foundation for life and learning.

Situated in Park Drive in Port Elizabeth, the school caters for almost 500 students from Grade 000 to Grade 7. The school consists of the Pre-Preparatory, Junior Preparatory and Senior Preparatory and is an independent co-educational school for children between the ages of 3 and 13. Read more…

The Capstone School

The Capstone School

The Capstone School in Port Elizabeth is the place to send your child.  If you are looking for education that is incomparable and rooted in Christian values, then this is the school for you.

The primary school is located in Villiers Road, Walmer in Port Elizabeth and the Pre-Primary at the Heatherbank campus.

Capstone is a Reggio-inspired, progressive school that has been running for more than 20 years as a Pre-Primary school.

In 2007, they launched their primary school, which has grown to be among the best locally.  Read more…

Harvest Christian School

Harvest Christian School

True to their motto – To Know HimHarvest Christian School is among the top pre-primary, primary and high schools in Port Elizabeth. Based on Christian values, Harvest Christian School aims to prepare young minds for service in their society.

Thus, Harvest Christian School has built a secure and stimulating environment that ensures the safety and well-being of each child.

“Harvest Christian School was founded in 1987; this year, we celebrate 32 years of excellent education with an exciting, dedicated and committed staff,” describes Thoriso M-Afrika, Public Relations Officer at the school.

“Harvest exists to serve Christian families with whom we partner to disciple young people in a biblical worldview for growth, excellence and influence.”  Read more…

Port Elizabeth Montessori

Port Elizabeth Montessori School - Education - Port Elizabeth

Established in 1995 as a way to encourage children to love learning, the Port Elizabeth Montessori School has a rich and proud history of helping children from toddlerhood and up.

With more than 25 years of experience, they have continued to grow and expand in order to provide a truly holistic educational experience.

The PE Montessori School is a learning community that operates on authentic Montessori principles. They have three cornerstones which form the foundation of all learning experiences in their school; show respect at all times, take responsibility for yourself and act with kindness.  Read more…

St Dominic’s Priory

St Dominic's Priory

A high rate of progression with high test scores is one evidence that students at St Dominic’s Priory School in Port Elizabeth have strong academic skills and the school is doing an excellent job at supporting academic growth. The school strives to develop each pupil holistically.

Radiating the fine traditions of Catholic schooling, St Dominic’s Priory School was established at the merging of former top Port Elizabeth schools – the Marist Brothers’ College, Holy Rosary Convent, St Dominic’s Priory School and the then Trinity High.

Today, it’s a leading Catholic, independent co-educational school catering for children from Pre-Grade R (4 turning 5 years old) to Grade 12. While embracing modern scientific discovery and technological invention, the school remains rooted in its Catholic foundations – the belief that faith is integral in shaping character and discipline in children as future leaders of society. It is this duty of providing a solid Christian formation on Catholic principles that gives the school its distinctive identity. Read more …

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