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New South African private school that costs less than government school

Spark Schools

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 R8 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 stated 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.

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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.


Sources: Spark Schools | Business Tech
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35 Comments

  1. Tamlyn

    January 10, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Hi are you guys anywhere somerset west area ? Not stellenbosch to far for me!

    • SPARK Schools

      January 11, 2017 at 10:20 am

      Good Morning– We are not currently in the Somerset West area. Please visit our website (www.sparkschools.co.za) for a list of all our schools in Gauteng and the Western Cape. We plan to open 4 schools per year across the country and encourage you to follow our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on our newest locations. Thank you for your support!

    • Neo

      January 12, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      hi when are you opening one in Rustenburg

  2. Meeruth Bisnath

    January 10, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Ladysmith, kzn desperate need of a Pvt school.

    • SPARK Schools

      January 11, 2017 at 10:20 am

      Good Morning– Please visit our website (www.sparkschools.co.za) for a list of all our schools in Gauteng and the Western Cape. We plan to open 4 schools per year across the country and encourage you to follow our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on our newest locations. Thank you for your support!

      • Darrel Stuart-Walker

        May 4, 2017 at 8:24 pm

        I am Canadian, born in South Africa. Many teaching contracts in various countries. I am very interested in SPARK Schools. Please send me your requirements.

        Many thanks,

        Darrel Stuart-Walker.

  3. Dirk

    January 10, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Do i get discount if i enroll more than one child at a time

    • SPARK Schools

      January 11, 2017 at 10:20 am

      Yes, we do offer a discount for multiple siblings. Please contact enrol@sparkschools.co.za for more information.

  4. Desire

    January 10, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Hi, any chance of one opening in Roodepoort?

    • SPARK Schools

      January 11, 2017 at 10:21 am

      Good Morning– Please visit our website (www.sparkschools.co.za) for a list of all our schools in Gauteng and the Western Cape. We plan to open 4 schools per year across the country and encourage you to follow our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on our newest locations. Our closest schools to Roodepoort currently are SPARK Cresta and SPARK Randpark Ridge. Thank you for your support!

  5. Tammy Nortier

    January 10, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    When would a school such as this be opening in Cape Town? Specifically Tableview area? Looks very promising and what we need in this area.

    • SPARK Schools

      January 11, 2017 at 10:21 am

      Good Morning– Please visit our website (www.sparkschools.co.za) for a list of all our schools in Gauteng and the Western Cape. We plan to open 4 schools per year across the country and encourage you to follow our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on our newest locations. Thank you for your support!

  6. Zoe

    January 10, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Which of your schools is nearest to Edenvale?

    • SPARK Schools

      January 11, 2017 at 10:22 am

      Good Morning– SPARK Rynfield (Benoni) is closest to Edenvale. Please visit our website (www.sparkschools.co.za) for a list of all our schools in Gauteng and the Western Cape. We plan to open 4 schools per year across the country and encourage you to follow our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on our newest locations. Thank you for your support!

      • Pinky

        May 5, 2017 at 11:12 pm

        Is there Any of your schools in Durban and do you have boarding facilities

  7. Tonya

    January 10, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Well you open onein germiston

    • SPARK Schools

      January 11, 2017 at 10:22 am

      Good Morning– SPARK Rynfield (Benoni) is closest to Germiston. Please visit our website (www.sparkschools.co.za) for a list of all our schools in Gauteng and the Western Cape. We plan to open 4 schools per year across the country and encourage you to follow our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on our newest locations. Thank you for your support!

  8. Sandra

    January 11, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Excellent idea, an hearty well done! We look forward to your opening in the Blouberg community, we too are in desperate need of additional schools.

    • SPARK Schools

      January 11, 2017 at 10:25 am

      Good Morning– Please visit our website (www.sparkschools.co.za) for a list of all our schools in Gauteng and the Western Cape. We plan to open 4 schools per year across the country and encourage you to follow our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on our newest locations. Thank you for your support!

  9. Ubenesha

    January 11, 2017 at 9:22 am

    I need to know do you have schools in Cape Town if yes where?

    • SPARK Schools

      January 11, 2017 at 10:55 am

      Hello Ubenesha, we currently have one school in the Western Cape in Lynedoch outside of Stellenbosch. Our vision is to open new schools each year throughout South Africa. Please keep following us for updates on our future locations.

  10. Kerry-leigh

    January 11, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    When will a spark school be opening in witbank mpumalanga,please open one because these private schools are killing a person.

  11. Miriam Barros

    January 11, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Hi. What curriculum are you applying at Sparks schools?

  12. gita

    January 11, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Well done Spark Schools-wishing you super success and a national rollout.
    For schools struggling with underperformance due to lack of school managemen, leadership and skills get onto the billionchild.org national parent training programmes-great results

  13. Judy

    January 11, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    How do you cater for asynchronous learners (intellectually gifted and talented / giftedness) in your school?
    CPT Southern Suburbs could benefit

  14. Imogan Beukes

    January 11, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Both my boys attend Sparks and I can honestly vouch that they are fantastic. The level of education is amazing and the love and care they show is unbelievable. I would recommend Sparks anytime.Well done Team and thank you for the past two years looking forward to this year as my boy are excited to start school so am I. Imogan Beukes (proud Sparks School parent)

  15. Mokgalo Matloa

    January 12, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Lovely concept clearly by the request for additional schools and what I’ve seen on your informative website. Are there any plans to bring your school offering to the South of Johannesburg area i.e. Mondeor, Ridgeway, Bassonia, Ormonde, Meredale areas soon?

  16. Mmakgwedi Baqwa

    January 12, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Hello, am currently looking for a school for my son next year. He wil be doing grade one. Am looking for a good school yet not expensive. Am staying in Pretoria West, where in Centurion are u based.

  17. Debbie Coetzee

    January 15, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Pretoria Silverlakes?

  18. Charmaine Marx

    May 3, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Please contact me. Im very interested in SPARK schools.

  19. kerri

    May 4, 2017 at 6:04 am

    When will a spark school be opened in the south of Johannesburg.. ?? (Ormonde, naturena, mondeor?

  20. Ntlaletseng Motaung

    May 5, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Hallo good People. Consider bringing Spark school in Pretoria North. There is ample space and it is relatively quiet. Elementary Schools are not enough in this area and lots of children travel far for schooling. Assomblief tog!

  21. Gill

    May 5, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Any plan for one in Somerset west?

  22. Phumzile

    May 6, 2017 at 10:38 am

    When are you opening a Spark school in Secunda, Mpumalanga? We do not have enough private schools (only 3) …. there’s a great need for affordable, quality, education.

  23. Frieda Coetzee

    May 6, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Good day. How and where to you publish vacant positions?

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