A new concept is taking South Africa by storm… quality private education that costs less than an average government school.
The children of South Africa deserve an education that best serves their needs without any compromise! And now there’s a school that offers everything that a private institution offers, for less than what a South African would pay for an average government school tuition.
SPARK Schools is a network of private primary schools that provide high-quality education at an affordable cost.
“We believe that every child should have the opportunity to succeed academically and to develop holistically. We are united in one mission: Every SPARK scholar should have the opportunity to go to university and to enter a career of their choice.”
“Our combination of traditional classroom teaching and technology-based learning in our Learning Labs allows our scholars to achieve globally competitive academic results.”
“Our scholars perform well above national average for their grades. Data from each child’s technology-based learning is fed back to the teacher, allowing them to cater to the child’s individual needs.”
Government school costs vary between R5 000 to R30 000 per year depending on the area and the school. While current private schools start anywhere from R50 000 and can escalate to over R150 000 per year.
Business Tech reported that an average tuition at a South African Government School costs around R19 500 per year without all the “extra stationery, sporting and curricular activities”.
But SPARK Schools only cost R19 100 for a school year, all inclusive, for a private education!
“At SPARK Schools, we provide high quality education at an affordable cost. Beyond monthly tuition, we aim to limit the amount of extra costs to SPARK scholars and their families. Monthly tuition is the total cost for your child to attend SPARK Schools, including daily sport, computer-based practice, and enrichment activities during the extended school day (08h00 to 16h00).”
The state of South African education is stark, with South Africa consistently ranked among the worst performing education systems in the world. While pursuing an MBA at Gordon Institute of Business Science, SPARK Schools co-founders Stacey Brewer and Ryan Harrison decided that, instead of waiting for others to create the change in education, it was up to them to do so.
Ryan and Stacey wanted to create schools where they would be proud and confident enough to send their own children.
Although Ryan and Stacey did not have experience in the education sector, they believed that their fresh approach to education combined with their business acumen would offer a sustainable, high quality solution to the education crisis in South Africa.
SPARK Schools was born, with a mission to provide access to high quality education for all South Africans through the accessibility of affordable education.
SPARK Schools is a network of primary schools dedicated to delivering accessible, high quality education. SPARK Ferndale, the first school in the SPARK Schools network, opened in 2013, and achieved tremendous academic results in its first year of operation.
Following on this success, the SPARK team opened SPARK Cresta in 2014, SPARK Maboneng and SPARK Bramley in 2015, and SPARK Midrand, SPARK Lynedoch (Stellenbosch), SPARK Rynfield and SPARK Centurion in 2016.
In January 2017 the network will grow to eleven schools with SPARK Randpark Ridge, SPARK Silver Lakes and SPARK Carlswald.
“Our vision at SPARK Schools is to open new schools each year throughout South Africa.”
South African parents deserve better educational opportunities for their children. So, we’re not stopping in Johannesburg– SPARK is spreading to cities and communities across South Africa to ensure that all South African children have access to a world-leading education.
And the parents of scholars cannot stop expressing their love for the new South African schools.
“I love SPARK, what they stand for, and that they follow through on their ideals, philosophies, and promises to the children and to the parents. They are not just a school, but a place of happiness and growth to invest in.” – Cheryl Clacher, SPARK Ferndale Parent
“The teachers are focused on the learners, and they go above and beyond what is expected of them. The experience has been absolute amazing from the beginning. We have been welcomed with open arms and truly feel part of the SPARK family.” Desiree Raggo, – SPARK Cresta Parent
“As a parent, SPARK treats you with respect and as part of the family, not just a “number” in the school system. SPARK operates with an “open door” policy. “ – Jeannette Saayman, SPARK Ferndale Parent
All SPARK schools across the country are having an open day on the 14 January 2017 which will allow you to see the schools and find out if they have availability for your child. To see the full list of schools, click here.