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The Schools


“If we are to have bright children

we must teach them to think.”



At Summerhill, we believe that it is important to build both foundations and skills for learning and skills for life. Foundations and skills fall into two categories: dispositions and competencies. Dispositions refers to the personal, moral, social and emotional dimensions of our students. 

We believe that should we nurture, develop and encourage these aspects enabling our students to become ethical, reflective and empathetic citizens who have the ability to impact and transform the world around them. Competencies refers to the academic rigors of school life: literacy; numeracy and life skills such as: drama, music, Phys Ed and technical skills. At the Preparatory school – we focus on developing both the foundations and the skills of our students so that they are ultimately successful and flourish in high school and the college.



Welcome to Summerhill preparatory. It is our aim to create a place where our students experience a warm family environment that offers a holistic educational opportunity that includes an exceptional academic offering, a community ethos, family atmosphere and strong environmental focus.

We offer a relaxed, nature-infused atmosphere where students can explore our wetlands; inspect our bat and bee hotels, feed our earthworms at the worm farm, grow their own food gardens, enjoy our nature-based cross-country track and forest obstacle course and take part in outdoor lessons in our forest classroom. Our students are acutely aware of their responsibility to the environment. We are a WESSA endorsed school, currently looking to achieve our gold status through our many environmental initiatives.

Our dedicated, professional and highly qualified teaching staff are all SACE registered and Summerhill is a member of ISASA, IEB and CIE. We are proud affiliates of ADHASA. Geared at ensuring a rich and diverse school experience for your child, we offer a plethora of programmes and initiatives. We are affiliated to Thinking Schools South Africa, participate in the national Eisteddfod; the national Conquesta challenge; SACCE essay writing competition; Battle of the Books; The President’s Award and have been major representatives on the Johannesburg Mini Councillor programme.

Our curriculum is an enquiry-based, experiential approach and includes coding, STEAM and project based learning. Our students are encouraged to become active initiators and participants in their own learning through curiosity and engagement. We nuture the personal, moral, social and emotional dimensions of our students, enabling them to become ethical, reflective and empathetic citizens who have the ability to impact and transform the world around them.

The Summerhill School family is a team of students, staff, teachers and parents who have created a uniqueness and magic that can be found nowhere else. Be assured that you have chosen the perfect environment for your child.

Jessica Fritz

Summerhill Preparatory School.



Developing People who can Think for Themselves

Summerhill is committed to nurturing potential and developing students who can think for themselves. The dedicated teachers have no more than 24 -26 students in a class and can therefore help develop individual strengths. Summerhill believes that excellent English, as a means of written, read and spoken communication is vital in today’s world.

Developing People who can Judge for Themselves

At Summerhill, we guide our students to come to their own realisations about what is right and wrong conduct. Having the personal integrity to choose the right values will lead to a successful and stable life. Summerhill is committed to a ‘zero tolerance’ of bullying and our students are mentored to recognise, reject and rise above behaviour that does not uplift and support the dignity of others.

Developing People who can Express their Creative Potential

Summerhill is passionate about aesthetic and creative expression. Through Summerhill’s Creative Arts offering, each student’s cultural skills are developed and explored to their full potential. Our annual Art exhibition and whole school Montage performances are highlights on the Summerhill calendar.
“A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists.”

Developing People who can Fulfil the Demands of the Technological Age

At Summerhill we know that the leaders of tomorrow will include those who are most agile and adaptive in the fast-moving and ever-changing society of technological advancement. Our teaching methodologies include experiential, enquiry and problem based learning approaches. These encourage engaged, active learning practices where students learn to take the initiative in their own learning experiences developing; Problem Solving, Critical and Creative Thinking, Communication and Evaluation Skills.
“Knowledge is more than data; it is also the ability to draw conclusions.”

Developing People who can Meet the Sporting Challenge

Summerhill encourages sporting achievement and constantly works to improve the school’s facilities. Professional sports coaches are employed and seasonal games are played. Sport grips the imagination and interest of the entire world. Every child at Summerhill is encouraged to take part in games, with a view to creating winners and sportsmanlike behaviour.
“When children become unimportant in a society, that society has forfeited its future.”

Developing People who can Value and Conserve

Summerhill is situated within an exclusive country estate. Our safe and secure environment ensures peace of mind. Summerhill is non denominational and an atmosphere of religious tolerance prevails, making it safe and comfortable for everyone. The policy of the school is to respect the religious beliefs of others. Summerhill upholds the right of families to choose and practise their own religious beliefs. Summerhill emphasises consciousness of the natural environment and its preservation. Field trips and Wildlife experiences are a vital part of the Summerhill programme.
“Man has reached the potential capacity to destroy the planet. He must be pushed on up to the capability and actions of saving it.”



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011 468 1414




Cnr. 8th and 10th Roads
Noordwyk Erand, Midrand,

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