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Hout Bay International School

Hout Bay International School

61 Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa

+27 21 791 7900



Hout Bay International School
School type Coeducational Day
Founded 1999
Status Private
Head of School Gavin Budd
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 2.5-18
Number of pupils 400
Day fees per annum R42,000 - R126,218
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP, IBMYP, IBPYP
Diploma Coordinator Winell Gous
MYP Coordinator Winell Gous
PYP Coordinator Rhona Sehested-Larsen
Associations IB


Hout Bay International School is more than a school - it is a community of diverse individuals and families, a centre for academic excellence, for some a home away from home and yet more importantly a family for all those that are part of it. Few schools can boast that they belong to two international organisations spanning across almost every continent of the globe. The first being International Education Systems (IES), a family of international schools committed to quality educational experiences for all who attend and, second, the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), renowned for its high quality and rigorous academic programme.

Our School is as diverse as the location in which it finds itself, our commitment to highlighting social injustice, the celebration of differences and the fostering of international mindedness goes beyond the classroom. Students are encouraged to 'think outside the box', 'have a voice' and engage on pertinent topics daily. From the Primary Years Programme (PYP) through to the Diploma Programme (DP), students, staff and parents are part of a learning community that seeks to encourage awareness of the wider world. They have a sense of their own role as global citizens, who respect and value diversity, who have an understanding of how the world works and who take responsibility for their actions.

We are proudly South African, embodying an international mindset, where the spirit of 'ubuntu' - the idea that humanity is bound together and expressed by caring for each other - can be seen and felt. The teachers genuinely care for their students and love practicing their craft. The students genuinely love learning and are encouraged to become life-long learners.


Our campus is cradled between beautiful mountains on three sides with the sparkling Atlantic Ocean on the other; and houses the following facilities: 35 Classrooms (each equipped with Wi-Fi and Data Projectors). Two Fully Equipped Science/Biology Laboratories, Robotics Lab, Black Box Drama Studio, Visual Art Studio, Design Studio, School Library, 2 Music Rooms, Creative Arts Outdoor Courtyard, Courtyards equipped with climbing walls and Sand pits, Canteen for daily lunches and snacks, Junior Hall, Stop and Drop / Pick Up Facilities, 2 Netball / Tennis Courts, 3 Cricket Nets, 2 Multi-purpose playing fields, Bio-Diversity Sanctuary, Sustainable Vegetable Garden. In 2019 our campus was enhanced with the completion of our brand new Early Years and Junior Primary building which also houses our newest addition, our Nursery Class.

Extra-Curricular Programme

Our students enjoy an extensive Extra-Curricular programme exposing them to various sports, creative arts, dance, martial arts, community service activities, all contributing to their 'Whole Child' educational experience and embracing the concept of CAS.


We accept students year round, in all grade levels except the Diploma Programme which requires a two year commitment from the student. Application forms and previous school reports are required for entry.