The SA School Year and Holidays

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The school academic year starts mid-January and ends early December.

The year is normally split into 4 terms:

Term 1: mid-January to late March/early April (10-day break)
Term 2: early April to mid-June (3-week break)
Term 3: early July to late September (10-day break)
Term 4: beginning of October to early December

See our School Holiday Calendar

Private Schools

Independent (private) schools may have a slightly different calendar. There are no universal term dates or calendars that apply to all independent schools in South Africa. Many independent schools (especially four-term schools) follow the public schools calendar, while others follow an association calendar. Some independent schools follow their own specific calendars.

The school day typically starts at 08:00 but may start as early as 07:00 in the summer in the northern provinces. Schools which start early finish early too, usually around 13:00 for the lower grade and between 14:00 and 15:00 for the higher grades. Some schools provide a school bus service.

Many schools have good facilities for sports with these being practiced after school hours.

See our School Holiday Calendar

High School Options in SA
What is an Independent School?