This list gives you a snapshot overview of schools in Gaborone that are considered by English-speaking expats... sometimes chosen by parents and sometimes not. Schools selected for full GSGI review are noted with next to their names. If we haven't selected a school on this list for review, it may just mean our research hasn't turned up enough reliable reports from parents yet.
Private Bag 00192, Gaborone, Botswana
Tel: +267 318 2140 or +267 397 4974
Fax: +267 397 2905
Email: [email protected]
Co-ed, English Medium school (Nursery School through 6th Form).
Al-Nur English Medium School for both primary and secondary students is located to the northwest of the central part of the city on a spacious, modern campus. The school is open to students of all religions and offers a global syllabus. In March 2007, a decision was made to separate the Muslim and non-Muslim students so that the Muslim students would be able to do Islamic education during the school hours. Al-Nur has a strong sports programme and participates in the local private school sports competitions.
Broadhurst Primary School
Plot 8578, Lenyapyiri Road, Broadhurst, Gaborone, Botswana
Co-ed, ages 4 - 13; about 400 students total.
Broadhurst Primary School located on a large plot of land to the northeast of the Main Mall in the sub-division called, not surprisingly, Broadhurst. The campus feels very open with classrooms that open to the outdoors, a pavilion and sporting complex with fields, a swimming pools and tennis and netball courts. Broadhurst offers a 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. Known historically for its sports programme, children at every grade level are encouraged to participate.
P/Bag BR06, Gaborone, Botswana
The Learning Centre offers a Christian-based curriculum for students from preschool through secondary. The modern campus surrounded by playing fields is located to the west of the centre of Gaborone and is easily accessible by the Western By-Pass. The school, affiliated with several Christian education organizations, provides a broad based curriculum leading to the IGCSE. 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.
Plot 19893, Gaborone West, Phase II, Extension 12, Gaborone, Botswana
Co-ed, secondary school (ages 11 - 21); 641 students total.
Legae Academy, 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
Plot 37225, Block 8, Extension 38, Gaborone West, Botswana
Tel: +267 316 1140 or +267 316 2208
Fax: +267 316 1139
Co-ed, ages 12 - 20.
Livingston-Kolobeng College, which took over the New Era school campus, is a secondary school that prides itself on the “traditional Botswana values” that are incorporated into their school’s philosophy. They are located in the north-western part of Gaborone, close to the main road that goes to the airport. Plans for development include an A-V Centre, more computers, a library and a swimming pool. They currently offer the IGCSE, AS and A levels.
Plot 4725, Maruapula Way, Gaborone, Botswana
Tel: +267 391 2953
Fax: +267 397 3338
Email: contact via website
Co-ed, secondary, day and boarding school; 588 students total (114 boarding students).
Maru a Pula School, a secondary school with Forms 1 through 5 and AS and A levels (for ages 12- 20) provides a rigorous academic programme, complete with sports and required community service, for those students who pass the entrance exam. Students with special learning issues or limited English are only accepted if they pass the entrance exam with little accommodation or assistance. MAP is located in a residential area close to the Main Mall. The school facilities are similar to others in Gaborone. MAP also offers boarding facilities.
Northside Primary School
Plot 2786, Tsheledi Crescent, Extension 9, Gaborone, Botswana
Co-ed, ages 4 - 13; approximately 410 students total.
Northside Primary School, located on a compact, but well used plot of land in a lovely residential area fairly close to the Main Mall, offers the PYP programme for its students. Its campus boasts age appropriate play spaces, a swimming pool, an outdoor sports field, an indoor gym, an indoor assembly hall and a covered multipurpose area. Parents report being very satisfied with the combination of rigorous academics, competitive sports programmes and extra-curricular activities.
Rainbow English Medium Primary School
Rainbow Circle on Western Bypass, Gaborone, Botswana
Co-ed, ages 4 - 13; approximately 600 students total.
Rainbow Primary School, which opened in January 1994, 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. Their sports facilities include soccer/football fields, tennis and netball courts, and three swimming pools. Students participate in local independent school athletic competitions.
Rainbow English Medium Secondary School
Rainbow Circle on Western Bypass, Gaborone, Botswana
Co-ed, ages 13 - 20; less than 300 students total.
Rainbow Secondary School with about 300 hundred students is located on the western side of the city across the street from Rainbow Primary School. It is a for-profit school that opened to its first Form 1 class in January 1997. Rainbow offers two years of foundation courses leading to three years of study for the IGCSE exams, after which students can choose to do the AS or HIGCSE exams after one year of study. Most students attend universities in Botswana or South Africa after finishing. Rainbow students participate in a variety of sports with other local independent schools.
Thornhill Primary School
PO Box 163, Gaborone, Botswana
Co-ed, ages 4 - 13; 630 students total (Reception through Standard 7).
Thornhill Primary School, located several blocks from the Main Mall in the heart of Gaborone on a beautifully landscaped campus full of indigenous vegetation, offers a curriculum adapted from that of the UK with added ideas from Botswana, South Africa, and New Zealand. The campus has four playgrounds with equipment available for all ages, a multipurpose sports field, tennis/netball courts, a basketball court, and three swimming pools. Parents note that the library, resource and ICT facilities are state of the art.
Westwood International School
Plot 22978, Makgwedi Road, Gaborone West, Botswana
Co-ed, ages 4 - 20; about 600 students total. Uses the IB Primary Years and IB Diploma Programmes.
Westwood International School can accommodate students from Reception through the IB Diploma on one modern, beautifully landscaped campus. It is conveniently located just south of the Main Mall and the growing Central Business District. The primary school follows the IB PYP curriculum after which students enter Years 8 and 9 where they prepare for the IGCSE (Years 10 and 11) before doing the IB Diploma programme in Years 12 and 13. Many students with special needs issues and those with limited English abilities can be and have been accommodated at WIS. The school facilities are in line with others in Gaborone.