High School
Admissions Process


IEB General Education & Training Phase: Grades 8 & 9
IEB Further Education & Training Phase: Grades 10, 11 & 12
Cambridge International AS & A Levels: Grades 11 & 12

School times

Grades 8-12 07:45 to 14:45

When to apply
  • A limited number of places are available in Grade 8 each year.
  • Grade 7 St Cyprian’s School students receive priority placement offers for Grade 8, provided they meet the entry requirements.
  • Only completed applications will be registered on the waiting list.
  • Applications can be submited at any time within 3 years of the requested entry year.
  • Grade 8 applications close after the Grade 8 Open Day, in the year before proposed entry.
  • Grade 8 scholarship/bursary applications close on 31 January in the year before proposed entry.
  • It is a requirement that we have received a completed Grade 8 application prior to receipt of the scholarship/bursary application.
  • Applications for Grades 9-10 will be considered when places become available.
  • Entry after Grade 10 is only considered in exceptional cases. Please contact the Admissions Manager in such instances.
  • Prospective boarding applicants must request a boarding application form from the Admissions Office.
Tours of the School

Visits can be arranged by appointment with the Admissions Office on 021 300 6517 or via admissions@stcyprians.co.za.

Due to a high demand for tours, we only consider tours for applicants who have submitted at least the online enquiry stage for the application for admission.

Grade 8 Open Day is held annually during Term 1. Invitations are sent to prospective Grade 8 applicants who have submitted at least the enquiry stage of the application.


  • Visits to the school are by appointment only. Appointments can be made with the Admissions Office.
  • Applicants that have completed the second stage of the application process and are registered on our waiting list will receive priority invitations to appointments.
  • Grade 8 applicants, who have submited at least the enquiry stage of the application, are invited to attend the Grade 8 Open Day, held annually during Term 1.
  • Applications need to be up to date with school and other reports, before placement considerations are made.
  • A completed Grade 8 application includes the following documents to be uploaded in the report section of the online application. Alternatively, emailed to admissions@stcyprians.co.za for previously registered applications.
    1. Full Grades 5 & 6 school reports
    2. Letter of Motivation writen by the candidate
    3. Letter of Reference from current school
    4. Mini CV of achievements and awards (Grades 5 & 6 only)
    5. Confidential Letter to be completed by current school (will be provided by Admissions Office)
  • When places become available, candidates who meet the preliminary qualifying requirements will be invited with their parents to meet with the Admissions Manager. A tour of the school will be arranged at the same time.
  • Shortlisted candidates are thereafter invited to an interview with the Principal.
  • Weekly or termly boarding is available in Katherine House, in the high school. Prospective boarding applicants must request a boarding application form from the Admissions Office.
  • Scholarships/bursaries are only available to students entering Grade 8. Please refer to the Scholarship & Bursary section for more details.
  • Qualifying scholarship/bursary candidates are invited to write the Scholarship Examinations.
  • Shortlisted scholarship/bursary candidates are invited to further interviews with the Principal.
  • Placement offers are made in accordance with the School’s Admissions Policy.
Admission Application form

Ashley Pople

Matric 2010
PhD Student Oxford University

My learning experience was by no means conventional throughout my five years at St Cyprian’s School. Being taught by strong, independently minded teachers encouraged me to think differently about the world. In addition to being inspired by teachers, I was nurtured by warm and loving friendships throughout my schooling at St Cyp's. These women continue to ground me to this day.

Nadine Moodie

Matric 2004
Communications Specialist

It's not a fallacy that St Cyprian’s School teaches not for school but for life; not for time but for eternity. The holistic approach to education did not only focus on academics, but also on the soft skills which exposed us to various people and situations, and in turn equipped me to seamlessly navigate spaces and situations post-high school. My time at St Cyp's was a truly global experience, something I'd liken to a junior United Nations, as I sat in classes with friends who came from around the continent and the world, and who had various perspectives on ideology and practices which we often shared, embraced, disagreed with, and were encouraged to form our own opinions of.

Dr Elizabeth Kelly

Matric 2006
Commercial Law, PhD

The five years I spent in St Cyprian’s were the best of times. For me, it was a love at first sight that did not disappoint. It lived up to its vision of “teaching not for school but for life; training not for time but for eternity”. During my stay, I was privileged to meet, learn from, interact and live with brilliant minds. It instilled in me a sense of respect, responsibility, tolerance and a spirit of excellence that continues to guide all my pursuits. I cannot imagine a situation when the St Cyprian’s ethos will not be applicable in my life and work.

Thabi Leoka

Matric 1996
PhD, Economist

There is no doubt that St Cyp’s has made me who I am today. Beyond the school curriculum, St Cyp’s exposed me to people from different parts of the world. It taught me tolerance and acceptance. I am a self-assured and confident woman today because St Cyp’s never put limitations on us because we were young girls.

Rabia Parker

Matric 2013
UCT student

As a young, coloured, Muslim girl, St Cyprian’s School was a whole new environment to me. However, I never needed to change who I was to fit in because the school prided itself on creating strong, independent, unique women. It gave me the tools to understand the world outside of the classroom and I have continued to use these skills in all my endeavors. This school allowed me to think more openly, accept more widely and understand more deeply and it is something I am constantly grateful for.
I matriculated in 2013 and I am currently in my final year at UCT studying a Bachelor of Business Science in Finance.

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