Admissions at SJK

Admission into the Primary Years Programme

A Community Of Learners

Children from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 6 begin their educational journey at SJK in our Lower School in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP). SJK students are supported in developing their own voice, choice, and ownership over their own learning to become internationally-minded lifelong learners. Through this process, the community fosters the development of the attributes of the IB Learner Profile, where children are: Inquirers, Risk-takers, Thinkers and Communicators who are Knowledgeable, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Balanced and Reflective.
SJK values high standards of conduct, academic achievement, learning and teaching. We have respect for each other, our environment, traditions and ourselves. We welcome applications from students who share these values. SJK students love to learn, and we welcome motivated and passionate students who believe that SJK will help them to achieve their goals, and who want to make the most of their SJK experience, in and out of the classroom.

"SJK has a lot to offer, including simply belonging to a community that shares a set of core values and a perspective on the world. For many students, that alone is a transformative experience."
Our Kids School Review
SJK accepts and reviews applications on a rolling basis, starting in August  the year before entry. Our first offers of admission are typically extended in mid-October. 
Admission to SJK is competitive. As such, we encourage interested candidates to submit an application early. As we attract more applicants than we have spaces available, we are not able to offer admission to all qualified candidates.

The Admissions Process

Lower School Application Instructions (JK - Grade 6)

Book a Personalised Family Tour
Britt Leeking, Director of Enrolment, and Marda van Niekerk, Associate Director of Enrolment, look forward to answering your questions, providing you and your family with a Virtual Tour of SJK, and telling you all about our school. Please book your tour by completing our inquiry form online

Submit the Online Application Form.
Set up a parent account using your email address, and submit the Online Application Form

Submit Supporting Documents.
Please submit a copy of your child’s passport or birth certificate, as well as report cards for the most recent academic year and the two previous academic years if applicable. You can upload these directly to the application portal, or you can email this to 

Complete the Learning Profile Assessment.
Your child will be invited to participate in an academic assessment, focusing on reading, writing and math/counting skills. Your child will be invited to participate in an assessment meeting with our Enrolment Team. The meeting will take place virtually. 

Receive an Enrolment Decision.
The Admissions Committee may make an offer of admission to your child. An Enrolment Agreement will be presented to you for review and signature. If you wish to accept our offer of admission, a tuition deposit and Registration Fee are due at the time of enrolment. A Confirmation of Enrolment will be sent to you by email once your signed Enrolment Agreement, tuition deposit and Registration Fee have been processed. Our Enrolment Team will stay in touch to ensure that you have all you need as you prepare for the first day of school!

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