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Best schools in Gaborone Botswana

A snapshot overview of schools in Botswana that are considered (although not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expat parents.

If there is no ribbon, pending or otherwise, it means we are aware of the school but have elected not to review it at this time. This could be for a number of reasons, but we continually update information and add or remove reviews as deemed appropriate.

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

Maru-a-Pula School 

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

Northside Primary 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.

Thornhill 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

Westwood International 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.

Legae Academy 

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.

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