International Schools in Botswana

Botswana-Q-International Schools

You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Botswana with fee information. It includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools and you will find the right school to prepare for International Baccalaureate, and other diploma in Botswana. Some schools may follow the American or British curriculums with English speaking programs.

International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Botswana. There may be some local population, but the schools are geared for an international student body. Schools usually follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, France, Canada or Australia/New Zealand. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English, French, Spanish, German, or Japanese. Many schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam. Schools often provide internationally accepted accreditation such as the international baccalaureate.

Admission and enrollment procedures vary from school to school. Space is often limited and preference may be given to students based on nationality. Tuition tends to be expensive based on local standards, but offers high standards of learning, boast smaller class sizes, first-rate facilities, and extracurricular. Boarding facilities are available at some schools, but most only provide day classes.

In Botswana, there are 7 years of primary, 3 years of junior secondary, and 2 years of senior secondary education. The language of instruction in the education system of Botswana is English, with setswana (the main local language) also widely used. Normally, the Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Examination (BGCSE) is taken at the end of senior secondary education. Since independence in 1966, the country has made great strides in education but there is a great distance to go. Girls and boys have equal access to education but many girls drop out before graduation. There are also issues of funding and internationally accepted standards. These are some of the reasons for the development of international schools.


The CoIS (Council of International Schools) is a non-profit association of international schools and post-secondary institutions which provides educational accreditation, teacher and leadership recruitment services, links to higher education, governance assistance and help with founding new schools. The Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA), Conference of Heads of Private Schools of Botswana (CHOPS), and the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA) are common accrediting agencies for the country.


Westwood International School
Address: Plot 22978 Mmankgwedi Road
P.O. Box 2446
Gaborone, Botswana
Tel: 267 390 6736
Tuition Rates (US $): 14,317 - 24,823 per term

Primary through high school classes are offered at this premiere school. Courses are in English with ESL programs for students learning English. It is an International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) World School.

Broadhurst Primary School
Address: Plot 8578 Lenyaphiri Road
Broadhurst, Gaborone, Botswana
Tel: 267 397 1221
Tuition Rates (pula): 11,810,000 per term

The school uses a programme devised by UNESCO as its source material. The children are required to wear uniforms. Broadhurst Primary School is particularly well known for its sport.

Maru a Pula
Address: Plot 4725, Maruapula Way
Gaborone, Botswana
Tel: 267 391 2953
Tuition Rates (pula): 14,020 - 18,890 per year

Maru a Pula is an independent, co-educational, secondary school. It is a non-profit making institution. It offers a boarding option that is integral to the school. There is an afternoon SPE programme, which includes student participation in a wide range of service and physical and enrichment activities. Examinations offered are the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and the G.C.E. Advanced Level University Entrance exams (A Level).

Legae Academy
Address: P.O. Box 750
Mogoditshane, Botswana
Tel: (+267) 3924 313
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

The Academy is fully registered with the Botswana Ministry of Education. The school is the sister school to Legae English Medium Primary School. It is a member of the AISA. It is a test center for University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES) the Academy is internationally certified as an approved Oxford, Cambridge, and Royal Society of the Arts (OCR) examinations centre.

Northside School
Address: PO Box 897
Gaborone, Botswana
Tel: 00267 395 2440
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Northside Primary School is a private, international English school. The curriculum is driven by the International Baccalaureate Organization curriculum. Uniforms are required.

Delta Waters International School
Address: Private Bag 0153
Maun, Botswana
Tel: 267 6860560
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This school is an independent, co-educational international secondary school. There are facilities for day scholars and boarding students. This is a University of Cambridge International Centre, offering curricula leading to the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) at the end of Form 4 (year 4), the Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS) at the end of year 5 and Advanced level at the end of year 6.

Thornhill Primary School
Address: PO Box 163
Gaborone, Botswana
Tel: 267 3952490
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Classes are available from Reception to Standard 7 in English language. Curriculum is based on UK National Curriculum with input from other countries including Botswana, South Africa and New Zealand. Uniforms are required.

Botlhale English Medium Primary School
Address: Plot 42485 Limpopo Drive
Gaborone, Botswana
Tel: 267 316 2307
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This English language independent school offers classes young students.

The Learning Centre School (TLCS)
Address: Plot 39439
Block 6
Gaborone, Botswana
Tel: 267 391-6605
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

TLCS offers a complete curriculum with extracurriculars. The Learning Centre School is accredited by the Botswana government and affiliated with several private school associations including the Association of Christian Schools International and the AISA.

Rainbow School
Address: Rainbow Circle on Western By-Pass
Gaborone, Botswana
Tel: 267 3936932
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Independent, non-denominational, non-profit school offering IGCSE or A Levels. The school uses English language curriculum for students aged 13-20.


Kgaswe School
Address: Power Station Road
Palapye, Botswana
Tel: (267) 492-0441
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This school opened to serve the needs of expatriate employee's children, and has since expanded to educate children from the Serowe and Mahalapye districts. It is registered with the Ministry of Education Palapye. The school is under English language instruction and offers the Cambridge International Examinations. It is a member of the CHOPS and ISASA.

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