Specialist education schools in Gauteng

by Tsephy Matloga
Specialist education schools in Gauteng
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Many kids just don’t thrive at so-called “normal or mainstream schools”. Whether your child is neurodiverse or just needs something different, BabyYumYum has done the research and compiled a list of schools that offer different types of schooling. By Tsephy Matlopa

Alpha Study Centre

Type of learners: ADHD, learning challenges, Dyslexia

About the school: The school believes that children thrive in a nurturing, safe and intellectually stimulating environment and strive to keep that belief at the heart of our foundation. ASC has a responsibility to prepare students for life, balancing academic excellence with the development of personal and practical life skills.

They strive to create a true balance between freedom, order and responsibility in our classrooms. The school embraced the hard work of problem solving academic, personal and social problems through perseverance, while taking responsibility for our choices. Cambridge International Curriculum is followed and they take children from Primary to Senior School.

Address: 4 – 6 Willow Crescent, St. Andrews, Senderwood,Bedfordview
Website: http://www.alphastudy.co.za
Email: admin@alphastudy.co.za
Tel: 061 213 1010

Amedeo College

Types of learners: All learning barriers and neurodiversity including ADHD and Autism as well as health issues.

About the school: Amadeo is a preparatory and high school that offers unique and progressive approach to education for students with learning potential but who are finding the learning process challenging.

The school has a creative approach to building a curriculum that exceeds the requirement of statutory CAPS syllabus. With their well-equipped staff, they offer the CAPS syllabus as well as the prestigious Cambridge curriculum.

Address: 23 De La Rey Road, Rivonia, Sandton
Website: www.amedeo.co.za
Email: admin@amedeo.coza
Tel: 011 202 5503/ 068 694 9606

Amazing K

Type of learners: Autism, PDD, SPD, ADHD/ADD, Aspergers & Social Communication Disorder

About the school: Pre-school and Foundation Phase Primary School with a fully adapted CAPS curriculum. Therapies available in-house include OT, speech, music, ABA & physiotherapy. Eclectic teaching approach, IPad/Apple TV technology, Makaton.

Address: Pre-school: 22 Paul St, Northwold
Foundation phase: 201 Sterkbos Ave, Sharonlea
Website: www.amazingk.co.za
Email: ilse@amazingk.co.za
Tel: 011 793 4053

Apricot Tree Centre for Stimulation & Development

Type of learners: Intellectual disabilities, physical Impairment and other health impairments.

About the school: The school caters for learners aged 3 – 25 years with unique disabilities who are often not accepted in the public or mainstream special needs schools. “Our learners, like trees, stand tall and strong; spreading their roots deep and stabilising themselves in order to weather the toughest of storms”.

Address: 10 & 11 Ninth Ave, Northmead, Benoni
Website: www.apricottree.co.za
Email: annette@apricottree.co.za
Tel: 011 849 0330

Beyond Beginnings

Types of learners: High functioning Autism, developmental delay, speech and language impairment

About the school: Beyond Beginnings is a safe space for learners who are facing various learning challenges and require a smaller environment with more one-on-one assistance, provided by qualified and experienced teachers. Their aim is to bridge any gaps in prior learning and help students meet their true potential.

Address: 20 Groenewald Rd, Edenglen, Edenvale
Website: www.beyondbeginnings.co.za
Email: info@beyondbeginnings.co.za
Tel: 072 088 1982

The Bridge Assisted Learning School

Types of learners: Emotional disturbance, Neurodiversity (ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, etc), speech / language impairment.

About the school: The Bridge School is an Assisted Learning School catering for students who face certain leaning barriers and social or emotional challenges from Grade R to Grade 12. Using a Neurodiverse approach, The Bridge School provides a premium, inclusive education for students with diverse needs. The school is opening their second compass in Morningside in 2024

Address: Cnr Soho Lane & Robert Bruce Road, Beverley AH, Lonehill.
3 Middle Road, Morningside, Sandton
Website: www.thebridgeschool.co.za
Email: admin@thebridgeschool.co.za
Tel: 010 005 5559


Types of learners: Specific learning disabilities

About the school: Bellavista School is an independent preparatory school for children with learning potential who are experiencing specific or generalised learning difficulties, which prevent them from achieving success in a mainstream school environment.

AAddress: 35 Wingfield Avenue, Birdhaven, Johannesburg.
Website: www.bellavista.org.za
Email: secretary@bellavistaschool.co.za
Tel: 011 788 5454

Boost Academy

Type of learners: Academic or social barriers to learning

About the school: Boost Academy is fully accredited to offer the internationally recognised NSC matric through our independent examination body SACAI. Offers an individualised, alternative learning environment for all types of children, catering predominantly for those children who do not fit into the current mainstream model due to academic, social, school refusal or emotional difficulties, but also for any child who wishes to attend a school which values them as an individual and whose parents appreciate constant feedback regarding their performance and wellbeing.

Strived learners to achieve their personal best by providing a safe and nurturing academic experience in a positive and happy school environment. Boost Academy’s caring and innovative staff provide quality, stimulating and challenging learning opportunities.

Address: 154 Athol St, Highlands North, JHB
Website: https://boostacademy.co.za
Email: tyron@boostacademy.co.za
Tel: 063 194 6835

Calibre Education

Type of learners: Anxiety, neurodiversity including ADHD

About the school: Calibre understands the challenges faced by many students in mainstream learning environments. Anxiety, fear of failure, learning in large classes, social issues, bullying and loss of identity are the realities for a growing number of young people.

Calibre provides bespoke solution for each child in an environment that celebrates uniqueness and diversity. Students at Calibre are enrolled with Path-Finder curriculum services. This is an educational materials provider and ensures students and parents in Grade1-12 have all the tool and materials they need to obtain accredited, CAPS compliant results accepted by schools in South Africa.

Address: 1 Libertas road, Bryanston, Sandton
Website: www.calibreeducation.co.za
Email: communication@calibreeducation.co.za
Tel: 011 463 0966/ 060 960 0193

CARE: Centre for Autism Research & Education

Type of learners: Autism

About the school: English is the medium of instruction and aims to support the philosophy and principles of the national curriculum using a programme of learning through play. We believe that it possible to provide optimal learning for every child by adapting classroom materials and teaching strategies.

CARE’s core curriculum is based on early intervention and skills-based learning. A haven for learners who typically may not be admitted to mainstream or remedial placements. Speech and Occupational Therapy support learning development and social skills training is a core part of the approach. Extramural activities complement the curriculum and are tailored to suit the developmental needs of learners.

Address: 30 Raglan Street cnr 9th Avenue, Orange Grove, Gauteng
Website: https://thecarecentre.co.za/contact/
Email: info@thecarecentre.co.za
Tel: 011 485 0335

Concord College

Types of learners: ADHD and other barriers to learning

About the school: Concord College is a co-educational independent high school that builds on a firmly established reputation of excellence spanning over 60 years.

This leading secular school provides a unique and vibrant educational experience for students from Grade 8 to 12. Concord college is geared for pupil interested in small school experience of excellence where the emphasis is one personal attention- socially, emotionally and academically.

Address: 59-71 True Road, Mulbarton, Johannesburg South
Corner Malibongwe & Republic road, Randburg
Website: www.concordcollege.co.za
Email: info@concordcollege.co.za
Tel: 011 445 3926

Craiglands Remedial School

Type of learners: Autism (higher functioning), specific learning disabilities, speech/language Impairment.

About the school: Primary School Grade 1-7. CAPS Curriculum and enriching programs. Immersive and nurturing environment along with smaller classes for hands on attention and support. Extracurricular Activities and therapy, sport, extra murals, computers & ET, music, learner support unit and on-site Speech and OT therapists.

Address: 29 Rutland Ave, Craighall Park, Randburg
Website: www.craiglandsremedialschool.co.za
Email: info@craiglands.co.za
Tel: 011 325 4802 / 072 488 1976

Cresco School for Support Learning

Type of learners: Specific learning disability, language delay & mild developmental delay.

About the school: Cresco School for Support Learning offers supported mainstream education in a small classroom environment. Our learners are unique individuals and are therefore placed in a learning environment which best suits their needs (Supported Mainstream, Bridging – or -Special Needs class).

Grade R-7 offered. Intervention and support available: speech therapy, remedial therapy and Occupational Therapy integrated with social skills group therapy. A differentiated CAPS curriculum is followed. After-care service available.

Address: 64 Shannon St, Noordheuwel, Krugersdorp, Johannesburg
Website: www.crescoschools.co.za
Email: enquiries@crescoschools.co.za
Tel: 071 682 6005

Special needs schools for slow learners in GautengCrest Learning Centre

Type of learners: Autism, multiple disabilities, specific learning disability, ADHD, ADD, ASD, hearing impairment

About the school: CREST (Centre for Remedial Education and Support Therapy) provides learning support to children from Grade R to Grade 7 who require remedial education. We provide a friendly and caring environment that caters for learners who are experiencing barriers to learning. Class sizes are small, the average number being six, which ensures that every child receives individual attention during the learning process.

Address: 26 Silver Pine Avenue, Moret, Randburg
Website: www.crestschool.co.za
Email: info@crestschool.co.za
Tel: 078 294 8217

Delta Park

Type of learners: Learning barriers

About the school: Delta Park school is a government remedial school for learners from Grade R-12 who experience barriers to learning which prevent them from coping adequately in a mainstream environment.

The medium of instruction is English and the National Curriculum CAPS is followed. Delta Park school has a holistic approach to education and learners are encouraged to take part in the variety of sports and cultural activities offered by the school.

Address: Standard drive, Blairgowrie, Randburg
Website: www.deltapark.gp.school.za
Email: info@deltaparkschool.co.za
Tel: 011 888 7228

ESCA Wanderers High School

Types of students: Sports and culture

About the school: ESCA offers an individualised, alternative learning environment for children who have a specific or general interest in sports and/or cultural activities.

With access to top-class facilities and coaches, the inclusion of sports psychology, nutrition, fitness and biokinetics, the school supports and facilitates each individual learner’s specific programme to achieve his or her personal best. They offer the Cambridge and GEDA curricula and encourage a learning environment that focuses on balance both in the classroom and on the field.

Address: 21 North Street, Illovo, Sandton
Website: www.esca.org.za
Email: hello@esca.co.za
Tel: 010 035 3600

Edu360 Academy

Type of learners: Specialising in all neurodiverse presentations (recognising many are co-occurring)

About the school: The Academic Pathway offers students that are academically-oriented an opportunity to achieve a Matric, working within the international Cambridge system.

It is more skills-based, less content-heavy, alleviating anxiety and providing the possibility of achieving university entrance. The Vocational Pathway offers SETA-accredited courses and qualifications to enter the world of work and become independent, valued members of society. As an alternative to a matric, a NQF Level 4 qualification in either Information Technology and Technical Support (ITTS) or Early Childhood Development (ECD) is also offered.

Our curriculum, methodologies and understanding of how to manage barriers to learning and SEN, enables students to be job-ready and functional in the workplace.

Address: EDU-Campus, Blocks E & F, 348 Rivonia Boulevard, Rivonia, Sandton
Website: www.edu360school.com
Email: hello@edu360school.com
Tel: 011 234 1212

Edu-Excellence satellites (physical and online) Remedial Schools

Type of learners: Specific learning disabilities, developmental delay, ADD, ADHD, barriers to learning, ASD, sensory sensitivities.

About the school: Offers small classes (max 12) from Grade R to 11. A neurodevelopmental approach allows for an integrated remedial model to support the learner in the classroom.

The CAPS curriculum is facilitated in a remedial and brain-based manner. All learners benefit from our unique TheraEd™ approach with individual iMaps™ and daily iDevelop™ activities. All neurodevelopmental therapies are inclusive of our fees.

They provide nutritious, low GI home-cooked breakfasts and lunches daily which are also included in the fees. The FET Studios & Tutor Centres are customisable options. Online remedial schooling is available nationwide.

Address: Registered, private remedial school with physical campuses in Pretoria, Gauteng as well as Noordhoek and Rondebosch, Western Cape. Satellite Campus offers real, remedial schooling online in the comfort of your home.
Website: www.eduexcellence.co.za
Email: hello@eduexcellence.co.za
Tel: 012 361 0686 / Noordhoek: 021 785 2992

Faerie Glen Therapy Centre

Type of learners: Registered mainstream, remedial & special needs

About the school: An independent school for neurodiverse learners with a long tradition of delivering targeted, personal education that considers each student’s needs, inclinations and strengths.

An individualized approach ensures that students are able to discover and embrace their strengths, address their weaknesses, and maintain their dignity. Set in a country setting, classes are small, the atmosphere is warm, and the pedagogical approach is holistic.

Address: 381 Spionkop Ave, Northriding, Johannesburg
Website: www.faeryglen.co.za
Email: candice@glencollege.co.za
Tel: 074 101 2707

Flutterbys Special Education & Therapy Centre

Type of learners: Multiple disabilities

About the school: Registered mainstream, remedial & special needs school catering for children 18 months to 18 years with the focus on education for the individual. Sensory integration, Montessori, AAC and DIR. All therapies available on site, transport and aftercare.

Address: 13 Hofmeyer Rd, President Park, Midrand
Website: www.flutterbys.co.za
Email: natalie@flutterbys.co.za
Tel: 082 498 6768

Footprints Special Needs School

Type of learners: Autism, multiple disabilities, intellectual disabilities.

About the school: Footprints School is a fully registered independent special needs school which promotes the potential of learners through the provision of high-quality education in order to equip each learner with skills to become productive, integrated members of society. Ages 6-18 years. Class 8-10 max. Therapists on site. Alternative No. 083 457 7382

Address: 20+24 Jan K Marias Street, Malanshof, Randburg
Website: www.footprintschool.co.za
Email: admin@footprintschool.co.za
Tel: 011 791 0062

Glenoaks Remedial & Special Needs School

Type of learners: Autism, developmental delay, intellectual disability, specific learning disability

About the school: Glenoaks is a private remedial and special needs school in Johannesburg that unleashes potential! We nurture academic, functional, vocational, social and emotional growth for learners, and personalised support is aligned to the needs and strengths of each learner.

  • Remedial Grade R-7
  • Special Needs GOAL Stream Ages 6-13
  • Special Needs Vocational Academy Ages 13-18

Address: 72 Roberts Ave, Kensington, Johannesburg.
Website: www.glenoaks.org.za
Email: info@glenoaks.org.za
Tel: 011 624 1160

Grantley College

Type of learners: ADHD, ADD, ASD, Autism, dyslexia, learning specific disabilities

About the school: Grantley College, established in 1964, offers a supported mainstream curriculum to exceptional learners with learning challenges. Offering small classes from grade 8 – 12, our learners are supported holistically as they strive to make their dreams come true. With a stellar track record, Grantley College has been voted the Best Support School in the Johannesburg East District for 3 years running.

Address: 2 Blackwood Avenue, Parktown, Johannesburg
Website: www.grantleycollege.co.za
Email: reception@grantleycollege.co.za / jalexander@grantleycollege.co.za
Tel: 011 643 8321

Japari school

Type of learners: All learning difficulties

About the school: Japari is a remedial school helping young learners from grade 1-7 overcome learning difficulties. Japari school aims to foster the development of the whole child academically, physically, emotionally, and socially.

This is achieved within the structure of a small, happy, and nurturing school environment. The curriculum is aligned with CAPS and they also have specialist teachers for music, art, computers and physical education. Therapies and remediation play an essential role in the learning approach.

Address: 1 Dundalk avenue, Parkview , Johannesburg
Website: www.japari.co.za
Email: info@japari.co.za
Tel: 011 646 2132

The Key school for specialised learning

Type of learners: Autism

About the school: Schooling for children with autism between the ages of 2 – 12 years. Small Classes, lots of individual attention with autistic-specific interventions.

Address: 7 Rhodes Avenue, Parktown, Johannesburg
Website: www.thekeyschool.org
Email: head@thekeyschool.co.za
Tel: 011 726 2445 / 082 555 6412

The Learning Path

Type of learners: Speech and language, developmental delay and specific learning disabilities.

About the school: An independent school for children between the ages of 3 and 12 with speech and language difficulties, developmental delays and Learning difficulties. The school offers a special needs and remedial stream in our intermediate classes. Small nurturing classes. Qualified teachers.

Address: 29 16th Ave, Edenvale, Johannesburg
Website: www.thelearningpath.co.za
Email: info@thelearningpath.co.za
Tel: 082 321 3855

Peterhouse Special Needs School

Type of learners: Multiple disabilities, physical impairments, developmental delay, intellectual disabilities, Autism

About the school: Private Co-educational. English / Afrikaans Medium. Grade R – 7. Focused Programmes for each individual learner. “A family Unit” working together. Comfortable classrooms for the children. Very secure facility. Improve children’s development. Help them learn to socialize with other children and make friends. Exciting new activities. Loving and caring atmosphere

Address: 168 Trichardt Road, Parkrand, Boksburg
Website: www.peterhouseschool.wordpress.com
Email: info.peterhouseschool@gmail.com / info@excelsiorac.co.za
Tel: 068 293 4852

Synaptic college

Types of learners: ADHD, anxiety, small learning environment

About the school: Synaptic college is an alternative schooling solution for learners wanting a safe and small learning environment. From visuals to kinetics, Synaptic college’s goal is to create a supportive and inclusive community where everyone feels empowered to learn in a way that works for them. CAPS curriculum.

Address: Olivedale office park, cnr Olive and Lima roads, Olivedale
Website: www.synapticcollege.co.za
Email: info@synapticcollege.co.za
Tel: 011 462 6313

TLC Private Remedial School

Type of learners: Specific learning disabilities

About the school: The Learning Curve is an independent remedial school with small classes from Grade 1 to Grade 7. They offer individual attention, support and assisted learning for pupils needing a nurturing school environment. Noëleen Pomeroy the principal, is a qualified remedial teacher with 33 years teaching experience.

She works with a dedicated team of 9 teachers, a speech therapist, a psychologist and a remedial teacher. Teachers work individually and in small groups to bridge gaps and help pupils with learning barriers to reach their full potential. TLC follows the CAPS curriculum. It is registered with the GDE as a remedial school but functions as a private school.

Address: 18 Wag ‘n Bietjie Street, Wilropark, Roodepoort
Website: www.tlcremedialschool.co.za
Email: noeleenpomeroy@gmail.com
Tel: 082 459 7233

Unity College

Type of learners: Autism, developmental delay, intellectual disabilities

About the school: Unity College offers a caring environment for children with a variety of special needs. We create Individual Development Programmes to meet each child’s specific needs. We have a Work Experience Programmes to develop independence and confidence for adult life. Their pupil’s range in age from 3 years old to early twenties

Address: 59 Runnymead Ave, Chartwell North Estates, Chartwell, Gauteng
Website: www.unity-college.org.za
Email: admin@unity-college.org.za
Tel: 010 109 0790 / 083 272 6966


Types of learners: Learning disabilities and special needs, multiple disabilities

About the school: Children with special needs need a very tailored way of learning. At Wandsworth School they pride themselves in teaching the way your child learns, meeting their developmental and age-appropriate needs through academic, emotional, physical, social and communication input. GDE registered and therapies available on site.

Address: 197 Starling Avenue, Boskruin Ext 7
Website: www.wandsworthschool.co.za
Email: admin@wandsworthschool.co.za
Tel: 011 793 6310

Yeshua Academy Assisted Learning Home School

Type of learners: Specific learning disabilities, ADD, ADHD, Aspergers.

About the school: Learners who struggle in big mainstream classes, learners who experience barriers to learning or learners who have emotional or concentration issues. Small classes made up of a max of 8 children, informal, loving and secure atmosphere. CAPS based curriculum with individualised remedial program. Grade 00 – 12

Address: 16 Antrasiet Street, Roodekrans
Website: www.yeshauacademy.co.za
Email: leochurr@gmail.com
Tel: 062 851 5253

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