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Best schools in Gaborone Botswana

A snapshot: schools in Gaborone considered (but not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expats.

Schools with a full GSGI review are noted with  next to their names. 

 (pending) means that the school is on our list to review.

By full GSGI review, we mean school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final reviews 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 and descend on the school for an exhaustive visit. We are aware of the other schools on this page and we continually add or remove schools, as deemed appropriate.


Maru-a-Pula School 

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ A Level; 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 offering  a wide range of sports and compulsory community service. Often has students in all of the leading 100 global universities including top Ivies, Oxford, Edinburgh and UCL in the UK and McGill in Canada. Sits in 50 acres of grounds.

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 

Adapted curriculum; ages 4-13; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 640 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 and 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; 610 students

Conveniently located in Gaborone West near Kgale Hill. Students from over 35 nationalities with 55 per cent Batswana. Now teaching the International Baccalaureate programme throughout the school. Strong on music and performing and visual arts and the latter is available as an International Baccalaureate 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 National Curriculum for England/ Australian curriculum; ages 4-13; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 400 students

An open-feeling campus, set on a large plot of land to the north-east of the Main Mall, in an area, unsurprisingly, called Broadhurst. Curriculum based on Edward de Bono’s “ thinking skills”, which focus on thinking, study and problem solving, as an additional way of approaching traditional subjects. Historically, famous for its sporting prowess.

Learning Centre (The) (Botswana)

Adapted curriculum/ IGCSE; 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, as long as they are capable of being taught and looked after, in the existing framework. Parents report being satisfied with the combination of a solid educational system and the additional help available .

Legae Academy 

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ A Level; ages 11-19; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 600 students

Located near the Central Business District, students follow 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. However, it’s not all about academics as the school participates, enthusiastically, in local independent sports competitions.

Livingstone Kolobeng College

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ A Level; ages 12-19; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 680 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 Primary School

Adapted curriculum; ages 4-13; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 600 students

Opened in January 1994, 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 taught in English. Their sports facilities include soccer and football fields, tennis and netball courts, plus three swimming pools. 

Rainbow High School

Adapted curriculum/ IGCSE/ A Level; ages 13-19; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 300 students

On a campus located 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 followed by taking the A Level curriculum. The majority of students move on to universities in South Africa or Botswana after graduation.

For more information on the schools above, please go to  each school’s individual entry on The Good Schools Guide International search.




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