Schools selected for full GSGI review are noted with next to their names.
By full GSGI review, we mean the school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final write-ups take the good with the bad, warts and all, but we look for a preponderance of good before we drill down for in-depth details descend on the school for an exhaustive visit.
IGCSEs/A-levels; ages 12-19; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 800 pupils
Secondary school with rigorous academic programme leading to excellent results plus sports and compulsory community service. Currently has students in all but six of the leading 100 global universities including top Ivies, Oxford, Edinburgh and UCL in the UK and McGill in Canada. Sits in 50 acres in a residential area close to the Main Mall in Gaborone.
Click here to read the full Good Schools Guide International review of Maru-a-Pula School.
PYP; ages 4-13; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 550 pupils
In a residential area close to the Main Mall in Gaborone with charming murals on some of the external walls. Pupils come from over 50 nationalities and are taught in air-conditioned classes of up to 24. Plenty of play spaces, library, swimming pool, outdoor sports field, indoor gym, assembly hall and a covered multi-purpose area. Variety of lunch-time and after school activities available.
Click here to read the full Good Schools Guide International review of Northside Primary School.
PYP; ages 4-13; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 630 pupils
On a beautifully landscaped campus, full of indigenous vegetation, in the heart of Gaborone. Teaches core subjects (including ICT), arts and music, French and Setswana. Outdoor education takes full advantage of the natural environment with regular trips to game reserves. Four playgrounds, multi-purpose sports field, tennis/netball/basketball courts, three swimming pools and a library.
Click here to read the full Good Schools Guide International review of the Thornhill Primary School.
PYP/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 4-20; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 600 pupils
Conveniently located in Gaborone West near Kgale Hill. Pupils from over 35 nationalities with 55 per cent Batswana. Now teaching the IB programme throughout the school. Strong on arts from music to performing and visual arts and the latter is available as an IB Diploma subject alongside languages, sciences, maths, business and environment studies. PE taught from Reception to Year 7 and sports available as extra-curricular activities.
Click here to read the full Good Schools Guide International review of Westwood International School.
The schools below have been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them.
Broadhurst Primary School
Adapted Curriculum for England and Australian curriculum; ages 4-13; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 375 pupils
An open-feeling campus on a large plot of land to the northeast of the Main Mall in the sub-division called, not surprisingly, Broadhurst. Curriculum based on Edward De Bono’s “thinking skills” ideas, which focuses on thinking, study and problem solving skills, in addition to the traditional subjects. Historically, known for its sporting programme.
IGCSE/A-Levels; ages 11-19; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 650 pupils
Located near the Central Business District, follows the IGCSE and A-Level curricula. Admissions testing is required to screen students for academic excellence, resulting in Legae’s exam results being among the highest in Gaborone. Legae participates in local independent sports competitions.
Livingstone Kolobeng College
IGCSEs/A-Levels; ages 12-19; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,000 pupils
Secondary school that took over the New Era school campus, in the north-west district of Gaborone. Named after the institution founded by the famous missionary in 1843 and aims to incorporate traditional Botswana values into an English based curriculum.
Rainbow English Medium Primary School
Adapted curriculum; ages 4-13; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 600 pupils
Opened in January 1994 and is located just opposite Rainbow Secondary School in a residential area in the western part of the city. The school has grown since it opened and now has more than 600 students from various countries, with all classes in English. Their sports facilities include soccer/football fields, tennis and netball courts, and three swimming pools.
Rainbow English Medium Secondary School
IGCSEs/A-Levels; ages 13-19; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 300 pupils
On a campus across the street from its junior school on the western side of the city. Offering two years of foundation courses, taught in English, leading to three years of study for the IGCSE exams and then the A-Level curriculum. The majority of students move on to universities in South Africa or Botswana after graduation.
The Learning Centre
Adapted curriculum/IGCSEs; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit
Christian-based curriculum on a modern campus to the west of Gaborone. Additionally, they provide services for students with special needs that can be accommodated within their staffing and structural capabilities. Parents report being satisfied with the combination of a solid educational system based on Christian values.