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.
Schools in Botswana reviewed by The Good Schools Guide
IGCSEs/ A-Levels; ages 12-19; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 800 students
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 on 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 students
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. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).
Click here to read the full Good Schools Guide International review of Northside Primary School.
School developed curriculum; ages 4-13; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; students
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 4-19; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 600 students
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. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
Click here to read the full Good Schools Guide International review of Westwood International School.
These schools 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 students
An open-feeling campus, on a large plot of land, to the northeast of the Main Mall in the sub-division called, unsurprisingly, Broadhurst. Curriculum based on Edward De Bono’s “thinking skills” ideas, which focus on thinking, study and problem solving skills, in addition to the traditional subjects. Historically, known for its sporting programme.
IGCSE/ A-Levels; ages 12-19; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 650 students
Located near the Central Business District, the school 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
IGCSE/ A-Levels; ages 12-19; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,000 students
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 students
Opened in January 1994 and located directly 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 students
On a campus on the western side of the city, across the street from its junior school. 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, there is a well-recognised Special Needs department which runs throughout the school providing an Individual Education Plan (I.E.P.) for students. They also offer an art, music, swimming and a motor skills programme in the Pre-school . Parents report being satisfied with the solid educational system, based on Christian values.