A good education is one of the cornerstones of a bright future. Therefore, identifying the top education schools in the country should be a priority for each and every parent. Fortunately, the best doesn’t always costs the most and many of the top performing schools in the country are successful because of good teachers, a solid teaching philosophy and a supportive school governing body, not because they charge astronomical school fees.
Determining which criteria to use to compare the top education schools, proves to be more of a challenge. What makes a top education school? A hundred percent matric pass rate? The total number of distinctions obtained by matriculants in the final exam? Or is it the awards and accolades given to teachers?
An article by Buzz South Africa paid attention to historical prominence at national and regional level. It is therefore no surprise that Grey College in Bloemfontein occupies the top spot. The other top five schools in South Africa based on this factor are King Edward VII School in Johannesburg, Hilton College, a private school in KwaZulu-Natal, St John’s College in Johannesburg and Maritzburg College in Pietermaritzburg.
However, a survey by Serve Africa used a 100% pass rate, plus the total number of students who wrote and passed the matric exams as a guideline, which gave a slightly different result. It produced a list of the twenty top education schools in all the provinces, with Hudson Park High School in East London, Eunice Senior Secondary in Bloemfontein, Eldoraigne High School in Centurion, Durban Girls High in Durban and Paarl Vallei High in Paarl topping the various lists, among others.
It is clear that there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to identifying top education schools. Key to finding the right school for your child, is to visit the school premises and talk to the educators. Ask questions and don’t be afraid to push for answers if necessary. A top education is one of the most important gifts you can give your child and should never be compromised.